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Machar says IGAD no longer qualified to mediate South Sudan peace

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South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar speaks during a briefing in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa April 9, 2016 (Photo Reuters/ Tiksa Negeri)
September 20, 2017 (PRETORIA) - South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar expressed his frustration with the peace process led by the eastern African regional block saying they are no longer qualified to play this role and called for a new process aiming to end the war.

In a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on 14 September seen by Sudan Tribune, the exiled former first vice president was referring to the criticism against the IGAD countries which are accused of using the crisis to achieve national interests in the young nation of South Sudan.

More particularly, Machar pointed to a statement by the IGAD Council of Ministers meeting held in Juba on 24 July saying it declared that the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) for South Sudan Peace Process "is not for renegotiation and the opposition is not invited".

"The position taken by IGAD was earlier reflected in a public statement that was made by President Kiir on July 9th, 2017 in Juba. This clearly demonstrates that the HLRF process is meant to support President Kiir’s regime by rallying regional and international support for its declared National Dialogue (ND) and elections," he further asserted.

Machar, also said that the Chairman or Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), Festus Mogae has endorsed a similar position in a report to the 18th JMEC Plenary on July 12th, 2017.

Therefore, the SPLM-IO leader said the IGAD is no longer qualified to lead the peace process because of its public support of one party to the conflict and to the detriment of another.

"We do not object to IGAD’s participation in the process, we do however request IGAD to relinquish the role as the lead mediator, (...) IGAD has missed many opportunities for a genuine process to end the war. The SPLM/A (IO) urges the AU, UN and Troika to reconsider their position on their support for IGAD to lead the peace process in South Sudan.

Machar went further declare they "strongly support" the use of a Troika-EU document titled ’non-paper on South Sudan process’ to launch "a new mediated political process for ending the war and resuscitating Agreement".

"Our position is that ending the conflict is the priority and thus investing time and resources to pursue a political process to that end is a prerequisite. This will create the necessary environment for the full implementation of the Agreement; including the provisions for reconciliation, healing, justice and accountability; and the establishment of the Hybrid Court," he said.

He further proposed to convene an urgent humanitarian forum involving all the stakeholders in order implement a humanitarian intervention pointing such a smooth relief operation require the signing of an enforceable ceasefire.

Observers say Machar blames the IGAD countries for supporting his confinement in South Africa on the request of Juba government which is purportedly paying the fees of his stay there.

Four years since the eruption of hostilities in Juba, more than 2.4 million people are refugees in the neighbouring countries, while another 2 million people are internally displaced, and over 250,000 are under the protection of UN in the national capital and other major towns in the war-torn country.

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  • 21 September 07:38, by South South

    Riek Machar is a very useless person. Parking lot in South Africa is the best place him until cancer takes good care him. If you live like a dog, you will die like a dog.

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    • 21 September 07:44, by Landlord

      My brother, let us streamline for peace. we need peace for ourselves and the nation. individualism is a sickness.

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    • 21 September 08:06, by Malakal county Simon

      Slave/South South

      How is Dr Machar being a useless when he is making a clear point here?? This morons called themselves regional leaders, are making a profits out of this senseless war initiated by the world primitive president .......

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      • 21 September 09:05, by South South

        Malakal county Simon,

        You called yourself Malakal, why? Is Malakal your city? The real slave is you. Some Nuer, not all Nuer learn when they see things and touch them. White Army has been taught very dear lessons, now they are crying and they want to hang their wicked defeat on IGAD. We told you at the beginning not to mess up with us, but you didn’t listen. Weak and unorganized.

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        • 21 September 09:53, by Malakal county Simon

          South South

          You’re such a narrowed minded and already forgot UPDF rescued mission on behave of your helpess president request otherwise, you won’t bragging like you have won the war when is not yet...... Be inform, that’s slaves/jaangs are well known cowards but luckily, they have Nuerwew on thier side and that’s why you talking.... You’re well know cowards, and deal with it slaves....

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          • 21 September 14:48, by South South

            Malakal county Simon,

            You can bark only in internet, but when thing are on the ground, we are the master of the masters. You are nothing to me, but big a coward and weak, shut up loser!!!!!!

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    • 21 September 08:27, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Yes I agree with Dr. Riek.
      IGAD, are always investing their interest from South Sudan crises.

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      • 21 September 08:53, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        Magadit: Be cool bro. never got quoted by folks, these people know what they are doing. by the end of the day it the innocent civilian who suffers.Take it easy, they are working on it

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    • 21 September 12:45, by Midit Mitot

      South West or whatever call yourself,
      You are the most nincompoop person in South Sudan who does not know what is roaming around, If Dr Machar will not touch the land of South Sudan, make sure that there is no enjoyment in your fake regime as a government OK!

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      • 21 September 14:46, by South South

        Midit Mitot,

        Machar will die soon from cancer. A dog is a dog and has a very short life. Do you know how long a dog life? Very short life. Anyone who is for violence will not share South Sudan with us, shut up wicked man and join us or you will see it very clear with your own eyes, no more games.

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        • 21 September 15:37, by Midit Mitot

          South South,
          When it come to internet war you guys are talkative, but in a real senses you are defeated, why your dumped president had brought UPDF, JEM, SPLA-N, M-23 of Congo in 2013? but I know many of you will praise Dr Machar sooner.

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          • 21 September 16:06, by Sir King

            Dear Midit Mitot,

            I think violence and hatred will never give us anything, but please let all of us say NO TO VIOLENCE AND HATRED and embrace peace. I know, we most people love Dr. Riek including me but I become to hate him because of violence and killing of people. I hate Salve Kiir because of his STUPIDITY. He is really stupid. Who between them will pay us anything? Reason!

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            • 21 September 16:09, by Sir King

              - Live is not about who is brave and who is not brave but it is about thinking about the future of this country and your future. What do we think we will get from this war? Just ask yourself or let us ask ourselves as well. We youths of South Sudan are really stupid, otherwise, we shouldn’t be put into loggerhead by only two selfish guys who never think about the future of this country.

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              • 21 September 16:13, by Sir King

                - For me, I have never ever come to hate follow South Sudanese for nothing and because of a certain person may be I hate from their country. Please South Sudanese Youths. Wake up and open your eyes. I don’t see the reason why most of you call themselves educated or intellectuals?

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                • 22 September 09:39, by Eastern

                  Sir King,

                  Have you just come to this realisation..? When has the dinka invincibility waned? You may be starting to see light at the end of the tunnel but that’s not the way the uncontrollable Mathiang Anyoors are seeing things. Until such a time that Kiir cedes power that he’s able to use for betterment of South Sudanese. Suffering will continue ad nauseam...

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            • 22 September 08:02, by Midit Mitot

              Sir King,
              You are now talking right, hatred and violence are not good for our Country yes I agreed, but Kiir was killed innocence citizens with Mathaing Anyoor in Juba 2013. which had cause all these messes. another problem, hate speech from Makuei Lueth, Ateny Wek Ateny are also fueling this war OK.

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        • 21 September 16:56, by Eastern

          Whether or not somebody is dying tomorrow, South Sudan will never be the same again...Kiir and his dinka advisers are having sleepless nights in Juba and across the country...

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          • 21 September 20:20, by South South

            South Sudan still the same, Kiir Mayardit is still on top, nothing change. We are all sleeping sounding in Juba, no one can change anything in South Sudan by force, only people who are peace can sit down with us and we listen to each other, other than that, we are controlling it.

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  • 21 September 07:40, by Landlord

    Both IGAD and government knows they have failed completely but could not acknowledge. It is just a matter of saying, guys I have failed. strong minded please help me here.

    this country can get back to normalcy within a month. these who say the country is normal do not know better living since their life start.

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    • 21 September 07:50, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

      Dr. Riak! You are the cause of the suffering of South Sudan. Denounce violence before coming home or else remain in South Africa. We have Taban Deng Gai here.

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  • 21 September 08:18, by Kush Natives

    Mrs. Nyariek Machar,
    I think it’s time for you to hang yourself,you have nothing to offer any longer. Why always chaotic in South Africa? Calculate first, how did you END up taking refuge in SA? Idiot! If I were you, I should start applying for an asylum long ago. Because you’re dumb and useless brains, now you stacked. Leave IGAD alone, they’re doing their job!

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    • 21 September 10:59, by Resolution

      Few Dinkas are really very fake mindful of what to eat on daily basis forgetting their belove ones Apuk and Aguok communities killing themselves shame on you food lovers,

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  • 21 September 08:20, by Tilo

    Kiir and riak are the signatories to the peace deal, isolating one and keeping one to run the affairs is totally unfair and can only create more disaster. Kiir and Machar both need to be either isolated or included in the implementation process.
    Taban Deng has prove beyond doubt that he cannot and doesn’t control IO why is government continue allowing him to fool them.

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  • 21 September 08:41, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    We have to face the music, it was our own fault man made wars! therefore, I don’t see any point of pointing fingers to the IGAD teams if they are not progressing.
    If they don’t extend this peace processes in the expense of their/our own self interest then where on earth will they get their bonuses from? No blaming!!!!

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  • 21 September 09:00, by Ranmediit

    It is good Promulgate from H.E, Dr Machar since IGAD become agglomerated to enforces their interest in South Sudan resources.
    While Kiir and Taban betrayed South Sudanese by Give huge Money to Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia, to confine You in South Africa.

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    • 21 September 15:17, by Redeemer

      Gilo
      Riek should rejoin his IO, if they cannot put him back to the chair he can serve in another capacity within his organization the IO but if a leader refuse or abandon a group and form another group. who is going to take the risk of dissolving the 2015 agreement?

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      • 21 September 16:07, by Redeemer

        Riek always aims at an agreement that place him in a top position. greedy leader!!!!

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        • 21 September 21:53, by Eastern

          Redeemer,

          You sound totally spent here..! Machar is out of the country. Kiir and Taban are in charge; what has changed for the better..?

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  • 21 September 20:37, by Deng Marham

    You guys please stop inciting either government or IO and let us realise ourselves as South Sudanese period....

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  • 21 September 21:03, by Deng Marham

    We are all south sudanese. how long we hate ourselves because of this political issue, we will one time come togather think about that by now.

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    • 21 September 21:23, by Eastern

      Deng Marham,

      We are South Sudanese but not all South Sudanese are considered EQUAL under Kiir’s tribal government...Kiir was compelled by the ARCISS to CEDE POWER to the person he hates most but his tribal advisers from the JCE made him to buckle under their evil plans for dinka supremacy in the country.Now let’s face it....!

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  • 21 September 22:38, by Deng Marham

    Eastern, Am not helping goverment nor IO but i think this president kiir government is a collective one which some of us think it is not. but at my side it is very inclusive. look who is political advisor? who is first & vice president? To be short, we the youth from greater three regions would have united ourselves and ask the government to work for development specially

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  • 21 September 23:10, by Deng Marham

    on physical infrastructure like tarmacked roads to greater Upper Nile, Barh el Ghazal, Eastern and to Western Equatoria region. by doing this, ordinary citizen & business people would move and intereacts to eliminate this exists social differences between communities and youths.

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    • 22 September 07:17, by Eastern

      Deng Marham,

      Dream on....! I am not writing on behalf of any political groupings. Kiir has failed to lead the country with his tribal people behind him. The dinka people have been affected by this Kiir-generated crises and therefore he must CEDE POWER or just go...!

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  • 22 September 11:04, by I STAND FOR Humanity

    South Sudan is BIGERR than TRIBALISM. Not everything has to be TRIBAL. IGAD failed us long ago.

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