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S. Sudan president rejects new talks with holdout opposition

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August 10, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan president, Salva Kiir has vowed not to accept any new peace talks with holdout opposition, accusing his opponents of putting personal ambitions above common interests.

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President Salva Kiir attends a session during the 25th Extraordinary Summit of the (IGAD) on South Sudan in Addis Ababa March 13, 2014 (Reuters Photo)

Kiir told the visiting German foreign minister on Thursday that the national dialogue was the only forum through which people with legitimate concerns could be addressed, instead of renegotiating the agreement to accommodate and share power with individuals whom he claimed have placed personal ambitions above common interests.

"Most of the issues in the agreement have been implemented. The government has been formed, the transitional national legislative assembly has been reconstituted, the membership of the constitutional review committee is complete. The members are working with the ministry of justice and all the stakeholders to gather and incorporate what they are doing in the constitution”, said the South Sudanese leader.

He said he also declared and launched the national dialogue to accelerate and complement the implementation process of the peace agreement and return the country to path of peace, harmony and unity. 

“There is already a national dialogue and President Museveni Yoweri of Uganda is trying to reunify SPLM leadership. All these are efforts to stop the war and bring peace to the country but yes, there are people advocating war and want new peace talk. We don’t understand what actually they want because the peace which they wanted to be implemented is being implemented. The national dialogue is also opened to all, it is inclusive. The committee wanted to meet with them but they refused”, said Kiir.

 He called on the international community to help his administration convince the hold out opposition denounce violence, put down weapons, respond to his amnesty and return to the country to participate in the national dialogue. 

“Since the agreement is being implemented, there is no reject to start new talks and the IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) supports the national dialogue. The international community should also play a role and ensure that these people denounce violence so that they can participate in the national dialogue. It is a national forum where all the issues can be discussed and we are ready to listen to them and take appropriate where our actions and roles are required”, he said.

Meanwhile the German Foreign Affairs minister, Sigmar Gabriel told reporters in the capital, Juba that he requested President Kiir to involve all the political parties in the ongoing national dialogue process in order to achieve lasting peace in the country.

Gabriel, who arrived in Juba on Thursday met Kiir over a number of issues including, the national dialogue, humanitarian situation and revitalization of the peace agreement.

The German official said it was important to include the opposition in the national dialogue.

“We need to involve and include all stakeholders here, all parties in this process, and we need to promote the integration of the opposition into this as well,” said Gabriel.

“I think we need to also send important messages of understanding," he added.

President Kiir, the German foreign affairs minister stressed, assured him of resolve to release from prison those who had supported the rebels to join the peace process.

“I believed is very important for political reconciliation," stressed Gabriel.

South Sudan has been in turmoil since December 2013 when President Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of an attempted coup. Since then, tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in the country’s worst ever violence.

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  • 11 August 02:09, by Malakal county Simon

    Please unwanted president be sincere for once to people’s of South Sudan, the current war in both Maiwut and Pagak, was initiated by you and here you’re asking others to denounce by violence when they are the victim of your act????

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    • 11 August 02:19, by Malakal county Simon

      Cont...

      The people’s of South Sudan, the regional and the world at large, called you a war monger dictator and have sincerely lost the trust in you... Therefore, they want new leadership and want you to step-aside than they can choose who they want period!!!!

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      • 11 August 02:39, by Newsudan

        there are currently 40 marauding militias groups in the country with no clear agendas but just to get access to ranks,Food or tribal killing, the govt should do:
        1.Dialogue with refugees n idps
        2.Reach out to armed groups to joined peace.
        3.National security should be review, it work is to protect civilians not killing,a wrong perception and copycat of Khartoum regime
        4.food crops schemes across t

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        • 11 August 05:49, by Senator Y

          Kiir still talking of a childish language; he never understands where the wind is blowing.

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          • 11 August 18:33, by jubaone

            Senator Y,
            The Kiirminal is a drunkard and has forgotten that he already has made peace with Taban Gai. He should concentrate on bringing investors to his jiengeland instead of talking bullshit on peace. Real peace only with Dr Riak, otherwise that is only jienge crap and nonsense.

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            • 11 August 20:19, by South South

              jubaone,

              You are wicked and you really don’t need to waste your time talking about president Kiir. Leave the real talk about South Sudan to those real men who are now controlling the country, not cowards who escaped the country to save their necks. I don’t know why you talk while you are nothing, but a piece of dirty. If you want to come back to South Sudan, just come, we are waiting.

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              • 12 August 10:58, by jubaone

                South South,
                What real mean, when you can’t even afford to return to your luak? If you can’t control yourself how can you control the country? I am at ease and as long as Jienges are pinned down in towns and can’t move everywhere (MTN), then you have NO control. Control your Aguoks and Apuks first, then we talk, ya jienge.

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              • 12 August 11:00, by jubaone

                South South,
                What real men when you can’t even afford to return to your luak? If you can’t control yourself how can you control the country? I am at ease and as long as Jienges are pinned down in towns and can’t move everywhere (MTN), then you have NO control. Control your Aguoks and Apuks first, then we talk, ya jienge.

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    • 11 August 05:22, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      South Sudan didn’t experience any peace just now.
      War is continuing in South Sudan towns and roads are blocked by certain by arms groups across the country, that indicating peace is not in place.

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    • 11 August 11:06, by Mi diit

      You must accept it unconditionally later when it reaches the neck.What does the capturing of Pagak and Maiwut mean to you? Do you you think it’s the end?
      Read more on liberation struggle if you forgot the 21 Sudanese civil war because of alcohol.

      Incompetent Kiir must go!

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  • 11 August 05:51, by Agany Malim

    Kiir will not accept any talk with oppositions but am seeing it like it is alo defficult for him to silent gum in the country so that he can legitmate his gov’t. Iam also seeing that pple lost trust in gov’t for it has turn to be gov’t of cambines not 4 pple

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  • 11 August 06:02, by Agany Malim

    He is so grit of power but this make not to permenant to that power becoz our solidiers are not receiving salaries and civil servant are likewise. Thing of future but not what you get that you are worry about mr president kiir.

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  • 11 August 06:50, by Lenin Bull

    Good move Mr.President Salva Kiir. It is not only peace talks that should be stopped but also these meaningless presidential amnesty which is diluting the army with meaningless ranks by civilians. If war criminals who have first fired their bullets against the SPLA are reintegrated back always with more higher ranks, and with all his tribesmen as officers all what do you think they will do while

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    • 11 August 08:09, by gatkhor Nueri

      Good lieeel Foolish president,
      I am not outside of the country now I am in juba brother and always hungary will kill you nicely.day and night

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      • 11 August 09:42, by Newsudan

        Gatkhori Nueri
        be careful who insulted young man, Don’t you know Kiir Mayardit commanded all 150000 SPLA. he can unleashed them on your bases as he wish,as recently witness in Pagak n Maiwut, when Riek io warmongers run naked to Ethiopia.

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        • 11 August 10:57, by Malakal county Simon

          Coward Newsudan

          Don’t worry, it’s better to die for your rights than live in shames....

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          • 11 August 11:30, by Newsudan

            Malakal fool
            what are you still fighting for? Riek position or freedom. Joined peace wing of STD,leave this madness of Riek power hungry, it’s good news, your headquarters fall,maybe your new headquarters in Khartoum your masters.

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            • 11 August 17:44, by jubaone

              Newsudan,
              Malakal doesn’t have to join your bogus peace, if you Jienges are scared to return and rebuild your luaks. Once jienges return to their states, develop them, then we can say, oh there is real peace. But see what us happening in jiengeland: chaos, revenge killings, hunger where is your peace? MTN bullshit.

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        • 11 August 17:42, by Senator Y

          I thought the Dinka Kingdom already left the name SPLA long time ago since the governor Kiir adopted the other name.

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    • 11 August 17:33, by jubaone

      Lenin Bull,
      Thus is jienge bullshitting and has absolutely NOTHING to do with peace in SS. Even Taban Gai can’t freely travel to his state neither the Kiirminal and feel comfortable. Anything short of ARCISS 2015 is just political masturbation, foolish and dishonest. Till now, nothing has changed even IG can’t return to their luaks.

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  • 11 August 07:13, by Lenin Bull

    serving within the very same army they rebelled against? Only sabotage, conspiracies, and another easy rebellion like the case of 2013? Where are the soldiers and officers of Peter Gadet, Gabriel Tanginya, Paulino Matip, David Yauyau,etc? All have rebelled again and are now with IO. The current SPLA comprise of the real true SPLA of 1983 of Dr.Garang and Salva Kiir. The militias/civilians

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  • 11 August 07:19, by Lenin Bull

    deserted the SPLA for bush because of current hunger, lack/delay of salaries, and current fighting with SPLA-IO. They will do the same if South Sudan fight with any of its neighbors that are greedily encroaching and taking some of our territories at the borders.
    President Salva Kiir some of these weaknesses/problems you are trying hard to resolve start from you. Examine your own management strateg

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    • 11 August 17:39, by jubaone

      Lenin Bull,
      Go back to your luaks and do something as a sign of patriotism and that the jienge regime is doing something worthwhile. Otherwise just continue day dreaming, eat and sleep in refuge. No peace without ARCISS 2015 period.

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  • 11 August 07:22, by Kat Cok

    The problem of President Silva Kiir is that, he refuse any demand from beginning but at the end he accept it, that is why people are demanding impossible demand and is accepted by him for he show his weakness in administration of the country.

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    • 11 August 18:39, by jubaone

      Kak Cok,
      The Kiirminal would rather destroy the SS than have Dr Riak back. He’s scared cos he is illiterate, dump and unfit to be even a governor If he were to lead the SPLA/M without Dr Garang, the SS would be history and slave market.

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  • 11 August 07:29, by dinkdong

    The same personal ambitions you possessed Mr. President. You and your friend Riek are a curse to this nation.

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  • 11 August 17:21, by Thiep Mawien Thiep

    I just want to say that I will comment later as soon as I see president Kiir Saying no for peace to avoid the postmortem and paradoxically intertwined.

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