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African leaders urged to push for end to S. Sudan war

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September 14, 2017 (KAMPALA) – A senior United States diplomat has urged leader of the various African countries to put pressure on South Sudan’s political leaders to enable them end the ongoing civil war.

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President Salva Kiir greets First Vice President Riek Machar before to start a meeting at the South Sudanese presidency in Juba on 3 June 2016 (Photo Moses Lomayat)

“We think there is more our African colleagues can and should be doing at this point, especially in terms of focusing on leadership, that from our point of view is behaving in a way that is very irresponsible,” Reuters quoted Tom Shannon, U.S. under-secretary for political affairs at the State Department while speaking at the sidelines of a U.S-African Partnerships event at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Thursday.

The conflict in South Sudan broke out in December 2013 following political disagreements within the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). The civil war has displaced over 2 million people.

Shannon reportedly described South Sudan’s leaders as being “intolerant” and that African countries needed to work towards seeing an end to the war that has killed tens of thousands of people.

“This is a manmade conflict of horrific dimensions, which is about political leaders measuring each other through force at the cost of their populations,” the U.S diplomat was further quoted saying.

Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions and travel ban that include an asset freeze on South Sudan’s deputy defence chief, Malek Reuben, the information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth and the ex-military chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan.

Washington said the sanctions were imposed on the two government officials and the former general for their alleged roles in destabilizing the country and “enriching” themselves through corruption.

Also, during a joint meeting of the UN Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa on 8 September, American diplomats again the need for imposition of a UN arms embargo on South Sudan.

Washington blames Juba for not implementing the peace agreement signed in August 2015. During the joint meeting, U.S. diplomats also supported the idea that elections should not be held next year before the full implementation of the IGAD brokered deal.

One of the countries that recognized South Sudan’s independence in 2011, the U.S played a key role in helping create the 2005 Comprehensive Peace accord (CPA) that laid the groundwork for the 2011 referendum, through which South Sudanese overwhelmingly voted for independence prior to the country’s secession on 9 July.

Currently, the US government remains the leading international donor to South Sudan and provides significant humanitarian assistance to the hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese citizens displaced or otherwise affected since the start of the country’s crisis in December 2013.

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  • 15 September 10:41, by Tilo

    Now it has come to light that government of SS is not and does not implement the signed peace agreement.
    Jieng doesn’t want to give peace a chance they are afraid they may lose presidency and all the privilege in the country.
    Your days is numbered

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    • 15 September 11:00, by Newsudan

      AU should take charge of peace negotiations now,IGAD has failed completely

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    • 15 September 13:59, by jubaone

      Till,
      It’s clear IGAD wants SS to disintegrate so that each tribes in SS find their own ways. SS are too scared to accept that. We have reached a point where we just don’t want to live together again with jienges. The whole world wants Equatoria to just declare it’s independence but Equatorians foolishly think Jienges will reform. No, they can’t change and remain jienges.

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      • 16 September 03:02, by Kuch

        Jubaone,
        The war in South Sudan is being fought on SUDAN TRIBUNE, Radio TAMZUJ & other foreign online propaganda mouth-pieces some of these days. But for us who are on the ground in South Sudan. Your Riek Machar aimless armed rebellion has been crushed. Tell me Mr. Jubaone, what part of South Sudan do your Riek Machar & rebel allies still occupy in our country?>>>

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        • 16 September 03:15, by Kuch

          None that l know of. But as far as l am concerned, the US, the UK, their UN & NGOs will never let go South Sudan off their hooks because the US, the UK & their creepy allies in between will not have any Geo-political chess game with, blackmails or use as their bargaining cards. While the UN & its marauding NGOs will not no business in South Sudan. But as for South Sudanese with brains>>>

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          • 16 September 03:21, by Kuch

            We will just ignore the US, the UK, their UN, their marauding NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between dirty intrigue in our country & against our people so long as their dirty in intrigue is not our country & our people existential problem.

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        • 16 September 20:05, by jubaone

          Kuch,
          Dr. Riak is not around and yet you jienges can’t crush his movement. Your kiirminal has been reduced to a mere "Juba mayor" only able to issue worthless decrees as his preoccupation. Yes, the opposition is controlling all routes that you know. You are trapped and can’t visit your luak, that is a fact. Just remain a drifter till the opposition allows you. Period.

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    • 16 September 19:24, by Mapuor

      Tilo

      What do you mean by Jieng?Jieng are ruling in their states and are even more serious on establishment of federal system in which each of the 32 states shall have all power including owing subterranean resources like oil etc.Jieng also want to develop their language in their state and enable their rural people to learn scientific things quickly.

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      • 16 September 20:32, by jubaone

        Mapour,
        Tell your fellow jienges to quit Equatoria and return to your luaks. You have all the oil (?) get all investors to your states. We in Equatoria don’t need you and the time of visitation is over. Equatoria for Equatorians, jiengeland for jienges. Only KOKORA is the only real solution, or war will continue. Period.

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  • 16 September 08:02, by Nairobimitot

    African leaders urged to push for end to S. Sudan war
    The urging of African leaders to press for the end to South Sudan Civil war is great news. I have seen a new agenda by the IGAD today that indicates that there should be free movement of people to South Sudan from the IGAd countries. Well, my perspective is that that proposal could have an adverse effect as well as positive effect on South Sudan. The worse case scenario that can affect South Sudan is that if indeed the agreement is inked and South Sudan government has agreed that people from different regions should be traveling to South Sudan to do business or other things that they wish to do, it could have negative consequences. South Sudan does not have the technology to control all its borders. Many criminals and gangs will pour into the country from all over the world. They are paid to come to DESTABILIZE South Sudan for the benefits of supper powers which are very much interested in South Sudan because of their self-interests. Many gay people with the disease will be coming by foot to South Sudan to bring diseases, and millions of diseases and bugs will be experiencing in South Sudan. The only way that they can get to South Sudan is using the neighbors of South Sudan. This plan of allowing people from other countries to South Sudan is indeed a bad idea because it could have grave consequences. Whoever came up with that Idea need to be checked and questioned. Secondly, this Idea could bring peace to South Sudan because it may unite the country. If the citizens see that unknown people are coming to the country, it will unite them, and this could benefit south Sudan in the short-term as well as the longterm depending on how smart or how slow the people of South Sudan are. Third, the people of South Sudan should be forgiven. There is no need for them to suffer from more diseases. Their country should not be destabilized for coming up with new ideas that can eliminate the people of South Sudan. Give them sometimes to grow. Fourth the government needs to have a critical thinking of this proposal and many questions need to be raised for the benefits of people of South Sudan who have not yet seen the benefits of their independents.

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  • 16 September 16:08, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    A man made conflicts of horrific dimension need political settlements rather then freezing of assets in term of individuals or arm embargo South Sudan have had enough guns that need to be removed from armed civilians majority instead of arm embargoed! And who will do this? international Agencies
    Or the Government itself

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  • 16 September 19:31, by Mapuor

    Fellow South Sudanese, tribalism is a chronic disease which is highly infectious. Equatoria is not a tribe, there are more than 50 tribes in Equatoria,some are pastoralists and some are farmers,some are Bantus and some are Nilotes and nilotics.Even if Equatoria separates today tribalism will continue to rage as usual.Lets just be contented with our 32 federal states and develop them.

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    • 16 September 21:01, by jubaone

      Mapuor,
      Equatoria can manage it’s diversity without much problems. The problem is what Jienges with themselves. Look at how they are savagely killing themselves in Rumbek, Gogrial Aweil? Most Equatorians lived harmoniously with each other till wild and primitive jienges came in. They brought in theft, rape, thuggish lifestyles, killings, begging, and all evil acts. Now Juba had become Sodom and Go

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  • 17 September 00:39, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    mapour, I don’t know the reason as to why you waste your previous time to even comments on those who still talk on tribe fault based line! That’s reckless n castrophic acts, We should not be focusing on tribesmen,clansman talk for we are a
    Nation state, let’s those whose mind is oriental to racist escape talk do, anyone’s who talked on racist descrination is primitive n should go back for furthe

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    • 17 September 00:49, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Further studies unless he/she graduated 🎓 from 🏫 school of hatred,specialising in descrinatory sectionism school of racist class. I don’t have time ? with those who are brain wash by this ideological thought of Dinka or jieng solagon, teysound 👶 childishly to myself n hitherto need to go back to schools!

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