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August 2, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir has vowed not to meet his main political rival and former First Vice-President, Riek Machar unless he denounces violence.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (L) and former vice-president turned rebel leader Riek Machar (AFP)

The South Sudan leader, an aide said, made these remarks during a meeting with his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni in Kampala last week.

“People have been coming to me saying I should meet with Riek as the part of confidence building for the national dialogue. I told them I have no personal problem with Riek and he himself can attest that by how I treated him at J1 in July 2016,” said the aide, not authorized to speak to the media, told Sudan Tribune Wednesday.

He added, If there was a personal problem with him [Machar], I would have left him [out]”.

President Kiir, according to his aide, told Museveni that reunification of the ruling Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement [SPLM] and reconciliation should proceed without Machar if he [Machar] insists on renegotiation of the 2015 peace deal instead of implementing it.

“This was the agreement he wanted to be implemented. So why call for renegotiation? He says the agreement has died. Is it because he is not the government? The agreement was not between individuals. It was between the parties and that is why it is still being implemented even when he decided to cause unhealthy working relations so that I am seen as having no interest in its implementation. But what happened after he was replaced?” asked Kiir.

The South Sudanese leader said issued that could have been in two months tool less than a week because there was a spirit for cooperation which came with Taban Deng Gai and his group.

Gai, a former rebel chief negotiator, replaced Machar as the First Vice-President when the latter fled the capital, Juba in July last year.

“If he [Machar] had demonstrated this cooperation we have today with Taban, the issues which could not resolve would have been resolved and there would not have been war”, explained Kiir.

He said nation would continue because it was meant for the people.
Last month, the South Sudanese leader led a high level delegation of senior members his ruling party and held talks with Rebecca Nyandeng, widow of the SPLM founder, John Garang de Mabior.

A group of the country’s former political detainees later joined the meeting hosted in Kampala to reconcile and unite the SPLM factions.

The meeting came up with a decision to form a working group and a communiqué calling up all SPLM cadres and the grass root, countrywide and in the diaspora, to embrace this new spirit of reconciliation and unity for the interest of people and the country.

The communiqué called upon the Machar-led factions to join the process of reconciliation and unity of the SPLM. It also called upon other SPLM groups and cadres who are not part of the Arusha agreement to join the reconciliation and reunification process.

The working group was, on the other hand, tasked with developing a matrix for the implementation of the Arusha agreement with specific timeliness and report to Museveni after one week, starting July 31, 2017.

South Sudan’s civil war broke out in December 2013 after President Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup. Machar denied the accusation.

A peace deal signed in August 2015., however, led to the formation of a coalition government but was again devastated by fresh violence that broke out in July last year.

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  • 3 August 00:23, by Sunday Junup

    So called Taban surrendered to you States made in tribal lines, No amalgamated of army, No cantonment for SPLA army and No state sharing of Power plus continue killing of non Dinka is the spirit of good work for nation? You are mad man. Go to hell with Taban time will tell you. Why bribing people by using state resources to fight Machar if you are a man? Nothing good will come from Uganda and IGAD

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  • 3 August 02:18, by lino

    If Machar was and still the problem for peace and security, the country should look great after one year of chasing him out!!!
    People are dying every day, people are hungry every day, fighting is going on every day. How comes you cannot improve thing the guy who is Taban every day??? ’

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    • 3 August 02:23, by South South

      lino,

      What message you trying to send across. People who are fighting today in South Sudan are Reik’s guys. They are hiding in bushes and hit and run. This is what is happening.

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      • 3 August 03:17, by lino

        Ya South,
        Are Riek guys all around SS fighting? Even in Juba "unknown gun men"?!!
        If they know Riek is a fighting force with his men, how comes the government just chased him out and tried to implement the agreement with the wrong guy? Taban. Taban should have implemented the agreement with his friend Kiir and stop pointing fingers and throwing blames every day! He instigated at J1 and should..

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        • 3 August 03:19, by lino

          Pay for his mistakes from July 30, 2005-July 30, 2017.

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      • 3 August 03:33, by lino

        Do you want small secret: J1 fighting was instigated by Kiir when Bashir told that it is easy to do what we did for Garang ; chased the man...kill him..install another Nuer guy...and CPA2 will be implemented your way!
        Kiir forgot that the South is tribal not like the North. Go figure Southerners...

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        • 3 August 07:31, by South South

          lino,

          You are just singing and dancing around. Your village is paying very heavy price for this war, shut up and think like a man.

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          • 3 August 14:53, by lino

            Stupid Southerner, do you understand now how you act like a baby and school dropped out?! If you have a small brain like a bird, you should not talk like that quilty Southerner.
            My village is not on fire and you going to make your brain even work criminal boy! Tell your dad Kiir Mayardiit, Ran Awan Jok, that he doesn’t deserve the seat of overall command of SPLMA Dr. John Garang de Mabior Atem.

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            • 3 August 15:00, by lino

              Mayardiit has failed the Sudan, now so called South Sudan the SPLMA, the Dinka Tribe, and even his own clan Awan a Chandit. If you want, I can teach you the history of this man, but you must return back to class. I can do it online with you or run after you on Juba streets!!!

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          • 3 August 16:58, by jubaone

            South South,
            At least Lino has a village, but I wonder whether you jienges have been place called home. Everywhere and nowhere just hopeless MTN and human burden. Go back to Abyei and sort your shit 💩 with your jellaba masters.

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            • 3 August 18:16, by South South

              jubaone,

              You are left with name calling, insult, abusive language with some tribes and all of that. These are the symptoms of weakness, cowardliness, stupidity and the likes. I have many, many villages in South Sudan and I can choose where to live and no single one in South Sudan will question me because I liberated these villages with blood. That dumb ass called lino is your brother? Right?

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  • 3 August 06:45, by Adok son

    Mr Lino,you’re telling the truth as it is always says by our South Sudanese people that Salva Kiir is the real problem of the country but the UN of America,IGAD,EU and other minors bodies are closing their ears because they need our country to be their center for collection of resources. So,we will keep continue to depend ourselves on him(Kiir) till God has answered our prayer for the perishes of

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  • 3 August 06:52, by Adok son

    >>>>>Dinka government and president Maseveni of Uganda’s end on power.
    There is time for everything as it is written in the Bible, so there will be a time the Supper countries Europe and USA to be led down by the Almighty God who have led them before to be in that powers of now aday.I know those people of West and US, will end this crisis when they got what they’re really needed in South Sudan.

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  • 3 August 08:06, by john akeen

    You now what. I believe there is one way for us South Sudanese people to solve our problem and the only one for us is to let president Kiir and Reik Machar go, why because it as come to my attention that, there is some Nuers are ready to fight Dinka forever if president Kiir still in the office and there is some Dinka are ready to fight Nuer forever because they don’t want Reik Machar to become>

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    • 3 August 08:22, by john akeen

      President of South Sudan. So I need both of them leaders to go. Then James Wany Iga should take over the country leadership only for 5yrs and it should be no more than 5yrs, then after that South Sudanese people can go to election to choose there president when Wany 5yrs is up to an end. I don’t like when we are destroying ourselves for 2 people, we need to build a beautiful line head people count

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  • 3 August 08:41, by MD from far East

    Truth must be proclaims The Government has fails it mandated ,to contains what is happen both in rural and remote area stop pointing at individual like Riek since he was chase away with little force out of juba One year Ago
    No changes with Taban , let them destroy our homes one day , very soon all will history......

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  • 3 August 09:05, by Black Nation

    Mr. President, stop drinking alcohol so that your country will be in peace. Once you drunk you forget everything that’s why you often agree and disagreed in the following day once there is an agreement btn you & Riek. And also make a decree today n 2morrow another decree. So please my president stop that alcohol and leave it 2 the poor so that they forget their problems but you what’s your problem

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  • 3 August 10:20, by Eastern

    “If he [Machar] had demonstrated this cooperation we have today with Taban, the issues which could not resolve would have been resolved and there would not have been war”, explained Kiir.

    Kiir is not serious about what he says. The ARCISS, as Kiir knew even before he signed it, was not meant to an agreement between friends. Let South Sudanese face the consequences of the recklessness of Kiir....

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    • 3 August 11:56, by Kuch

      Eastern, as always you want troll us. Good luck chap, we are going to bomb you fools to oblivion. Watch this space chap. Watch space chap. We are not going to negotiate with terrorits. We are back fools. *where is your Risk Machar & his bunch of fools? Eastern, the Dinka/Jienge want a war with people, the so-called Arab of North Sudan>>>

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      • 3 August 12:41, by Eastern

        Come to Juba and see what Kiir’s war has done to the country....

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      • 3 August 16:53, by jubaone

        Kuch,
        The jienge is naturally a violent and savage and to ask Riak to renounce violence is stupid. The jienge can’t renounce violence and Riak or especially Equatorians MUST adopt the jienge approach: violence against violence. Jienges can’t bullshit and think the rest will bow and kiss 💋 their a**es.

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        • 3 August 19:46, by South South

          jubaone,
          Ooop!!!! jubaoe is afraid of Dinka. I can see now why he left South Sudan for DIASPORA.

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  • 3 August 14:45, by New Regimesoon

    LiNo LiNo LiNo

    Look at that title above yes I mean new regime soon but not like stupid system of yours with your funked who is called Sunday you are just believing in one person imagine that your Riek died today whom will you follow Taban or will you kill yourself apparently you don’t have vision and look at your idiot Sunday is a tribesman who lies to the world by saying killing of non Dinka

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    • 3 August 18:24, by lino

      Another Stupid called New? What is New about you; else you maroon southerners would have called this country New Sudan Rather being what others want you to be called!!!
      FYI, I am not a fan of any these SPLM Leadership that are setting in Juba making life hard for people or even part of any opposition. We supported Dr. John big time for the vision and dream he had.

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      • 3 August 18:30, by lino

        Another thing I need everyone to know is that I am an original Dinkaman who like the truth to be told as we used to, but the Jieng mentality that came with this Ran a Wan a Chan is disgraced for our Monyjang and the history will mention it down the line. Two types of Dinka nowadays:
        1- Those who are telling the truth and they have no any link with the mess in Juba and the country.

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        • 3 August 18:36, by lino

          2- Those who are hardhearted with Kiir... major are ignorant...others do it to loot money or power even on thier own tribesmen.
          Kiir Mayardiit once had a legacy, but destroyed it with his on mistakes for not having the same leadership intelligence that Dr. John had.

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          • 3 August 20:31, by lino

            The leadership intelligence is not just own from Education, but by making common sense judgments, and our Monyjang once had it without even going to school. Monyjang of today is just mess and need to be perfected for the good cause of people. All southerners must go back to New Sudan Vision and Ideas; else the country will not be healthy for next 100 years!!!

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  • 3 August 20:01, by Nairobimitot

    I do not even know why people are still talking about Riek Machar. Riek Machar is gone, no more. The President Kiir should move the country forward once and for all. But the state government and the institutions should this time be all in new levels representing all the 64 people of South Sudan. No, time for I does not like this person or this tribe or this man. The government should be restructured based on all of South Sudanese. There is only room for love of the country and the people of South Sudan equally. No time for Riek Machar this time around because his day is expired from the evil God. We need to see something brighter; therefore the future of South Sudan is bright under the current government.

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  • 3 August 20:46, by garrak1520

    HOW ABOUT YOU MR.KIIR. YOU NEED TO DENOUNCE VIOLENCE. YOU ATTACK THEIR POSITIONS DAILY AND YOU WANT THEM TO GIVE YOU THE OTHER CHICK AFTER SLAPING THE RIGHT CHICK. STOP THIS NONSENSE. YOU LOST CREDIBILITY IN JUBA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD. HOPEFULLY SANCTIONS WILL HEAT YOUR ASS SOON.

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  • 4 August 04:06, by john locke

    The juba regime is done. They are barely holding on. They’re embassies are closing, no money to pay their soldiers. Yet they continue to lie about reaching pagak and killing our generals. Kiir will soon either leave or die.

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