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Dialogue and SPLM reunification are roads for peace, says South Sudan’s Kiir

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President Salva Kiir Kiir with members of the Dinka (JIENG) Council of Elders in March 2015 (Photo Moses Lomayat)
August 13, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir has unveiled that for him peace and political stability should be achieved through two tracks, saying the situation in the young nation has become embarrassing.

Kiir developed his vision for peace during a meeting with the Dinka traditional leaders from his home state of Gorgrial where over 30 people were killed during inter-communal clashes.

The head of state said he and the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai have developed two ways to end the conflict and return the country to peace.

"The national dialogue was one way to end the war. The other, he adds, is the reconciliation and reunification of the SPLM leaders while the regional revitalization forum provides a supplementary role."

He further urged the armed opposition groups to stop fighting and join the national dialogue, saying the country and the people deserve peace, security and stability in order to rebuild their lives after years of destruction.

“When you look at the current situation and look at the cause of the liberation struggle, you wonder why people should continue to suffer after fighting to gain independence. These are the questions we get and this is the reason why this senseless war should stop. And indeed it must top,” he told the Dinka elders at his residence in Juba.

He stressed that his government is implementing the peace agreement and the current situation will be overcome.

“The formation of the government has been completed and the cooperation of the ministers in the government has been encouraging. We want this spirit of cooperation to extend to all the states so that peace and harmony are realised at the grassroots level," he said.

He further pointed to the recent clashes among the Dinka Youth groups in Gogrial saying "There should not be fighting among communities like you are doing in the state."

"It has to stop," he stressed.

He urged the tribal leaders to promote peace among their communities and to brief their people about the government efforts to end the war and bring stability in the whole country.

"As you go back, help the state government in sensitization and mobilization efforts to enlighten the people about the importance of peaceful dialogue. As the transitional government of national unity, we have decided that stopping this war is the priority and we have clear plans to stop it," he reiterated.

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  • 14 August 03:44, by john locke

    The same man whos calling for peace and national dialogue is the same man who has been ordering his troops to attack pagak.. he is a confused dictator

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  • 14 August 05:08, by Agany Malim

    Neither kiir and taban splm nor riek 10 and fds of pagan none we believe bcoz lose the vision of SPLM of Dr John. You killed innocent people and looted their properties now who will stand with you while defense and civil servants did not received five months salaries? If a ordinar man ask quest that why are we being killing? Is’t becoz we will not participate election again like kenyans? What w

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  • 14 August 05:19, by Agany Malim

    Cont.. Wtat will be your answer to them yah aramat yitum! Do all what you want now but when time come for common men to say enough then you will be like the death bodies. Look solidiers are suffering and civil servants likewise, who than are you leading if not yourselves?

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  • 14 August 06:43, by Lenin Bull

    We common South Sudanese citizens think that recalling all these stupid power hungry politicians back into this useless thing called SPLM is not the solution to the political malaise in the country. Let there be peace first so that SPLM criminals do not kill the common people, then each of you form your own tribal/regional political parties and finally to be followed by general elections.

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  • 14 August 06:51, by Lenin Bull

    Look at this illiterate woman called Rebecca Nyandeng wanting to be president and betrayed President Salva Kiir within less than 10 years when Salva Kiir Stood with her husband for good/worse 21 years of fighting, Pagan Amum is full of empty self-ego and wants to be president by all means, Riek Machar as usual would want to bomb South Sudan with atomic bomb to be president, etc and all their

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    • 14 August 17:07, by Lokoli

      Lenin Bull.
      Which side are you? for President Kiir or against his policy? Forget about peace and election as long as Kiir is the President of SS. Is good that some reasonable Dinka starts to see who is this man call Kiir. The end will be worse than that of Amin of Uganda.

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  • 14 August 06:57, by Lenin Bull

    supporters are playing dirty politics of rumor mongering and tribal politicking. Salva Kiir himself has no exit strategy either while thieves are looting the country at his watch and citizens are dying daily in thousand and he is dumbfounded as if he is not the leader of the country. We still have a long walk towards real peace and prosperity in South Sudan.

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  • 14 August 07:47, by Majesty

    South Sudanese would not reconcile and move forward with Salva Kiir still there as President. The man along with his colleague Riek Machar brought unnecessary war and massive sufferings. Kiir hands are tainted (smeared) with South Sudanese blood. He will not end war or reunite South Sudanese.

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  • 14 August 08:31, by deng

    SPLM Will not bring peace people of South Sudan don’t expect good things to come out from SPLM, the move taken by changing the name of SPLA is good step and we want the name of SPLM to be changed too so those who struggling for SPLM as the way to power will decided to make own parties and we see who will join them.

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  • 14 August 12:23, by Independent Thinker

    President Salva Kiir is silly President in 21st century,how can you make dialogue yet there is ongoing war in the whole country. Who trust SPLM as political party?. SPLM should thrown into deep water at Indian Ocean.No food, water,no, health, no school and no roads. You should be shame of yourself calling yourself President of South Sudan. Do you know the meaning of President?

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    • 14 August 13:39, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      fix fuel problem, economic stagnation and liberalize media clampdown. you are on the right path to genuine peace.

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  • 14 August 17:47, by Bol Ajou Ajou

    Alot had been said in this country and no implementation, steps by steps, decisions by decisions, slogans alone do deliver peace mr. President let us implementation from tommorow.

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  • 15 August 05:59, by Kush Natives

    This country called South Sudan is completely dismentaled, the country is now not o.k under 1 SPLM, what will happen, if they all called themselves for the SPLM reunification? That wean more looting will definitely exaggerate. South Sudanese people need to watch out, the country is finish.

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