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South Sudan official calls for balanced approach to peace

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September 23, 2017 (NEW YORK) – South Sudan’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai told the United Nations General Assembly that the war-torn East African nation now requires incentivising peace and stability by shifting focus to development and long-term projects.

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South Sudan First Vice President Taban Deng Gai addresses the general debate of the UN General Assembly (UN Photo)

“We cannot continue to clean the floor while the tap is open. The old paradigm that humanitarian intervention is first and development later is not a viable policy in the case of South Sudan,” he said.

Gai, a former rebel chief negotiator now serving in the coalition government, commended efforts of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development, the African Union and international partners to shun and isolate political actors that sought power through violence.

“Nonetheless, we do not wish to delude ourselves that peace, unity and development can be achieved overnight,” he told the UN General Assembly, adding that “realization of peace takes time.”

He, however, said South Sudan would redouble its efforts to improve access for humanitarian access, but hopes the international community will recalibrate development and humanitarian support.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in South Sudan’s civil, which broke out in 2013 due to political disagreements in the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.

According to the South Sudanese First Vice President, peace in the country can only be achieved through “home grown” solutions.

“We need to give an opportunity for peace to all South Sudanese which will enable them to choose their own leaders through free, fair and credible elections,” he further stressed.

Acknowledging the fact that millions of the country’s citizens have been displace due to the ongoing civil war in the young nation, Gai said the national dialogue initiative announced by President Salva Kiir was making progress.

South Sudan’s civil war is a conflict in South Sudan between government troops and the armed opposition forces. In December 2013, President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar and 10 others of attempting a coup d’état. The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people.

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  • 24 September 08:15, by Kush Natives

    Why do we always tried to shift the developmental blame of foreigners? CPA was signed in 2005-2011, how many years is it?South Sudan was producing 500,000 bpd, the price of crude oil pb was around $87-$100 at the international market. What happened to those billions of dollars? Unity state was getting $35,000,000 or 5% in which Taban was a governor of that state.

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  • 24 September 08:18, by Malakal county Simon

    Stephen Taban Deng Known as (STD) Need to be arrested because he is reason for no peace currently in South Sudan period!!!!

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    • 24 September 08:24, by South South

      Really, Taban Deng is a problem of South Sudan now, and not Mr. One eye in South Africa parking lot.

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      • 24 September 08:33, by jubaone

        South South,
        As long as jienge scoundrels like you harbor such "we liberated SS" attitude that wants to own the SS to the exclusion of others, then I and the rest will fight to the bitter end. Either you scoundrels or the rest.

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        • 24 September 11:25, by Tilo

          If this War continues Equatoria will have no choice rather than to secede from Unity state and the jieng period!!!
          You better find solution to this your senseless war now or else Equatoria shall be an independent state.

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        • 24 September 14:44, by South South

          jubaone,

          You are just a coward. You never experienced war in your life. I know what is the war because I have been there. To liberate South Sudan, took us 50 years. We lost millions young men, women, children and wealth. South Sudan was liberated by the blood of SPLA members, period. Any other suggestions from big cowards have no room in our rule. Keeping singing, we are walking.

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          • 24 September 20:33, by Eastern

            What do you expect...? The waft left behind by any jenge whether from the streets of Cairo or Khartoum, Kakuma, etc is the same...WE LIBERATED YOU..! Get down and take a thorough bath to spare us that reek...!

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            • 24 September 21:00, by South South

              I am so happy you were kicked out from South Sudan. Dirty old man, take shower and come back to talk to us, you smell shirt. Who care about low people like you.

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      • 25 September 22:01, by garrak1520

        Language of kleptomaniacs!!!Time for you and your savior Kiir to go. South Sudan has enough of you folks.

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  • 24 September 08:45, by Eastern

    Taban Deng should’t cry wolf at the UN...African problems require African solutions. He and Kiir are working harmoniously. Taban seems to be asking for development assistance because the humanitarian assistance completely cut off any MONITORY assistance to his alliance with Kiir in Juba aka TGoNU...!

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  • 24 September 23:06, by john akeen

    Question, who makes Taban Deng Gai as a vice president of RSS, isn’t it you Rebels are the one who make Taban as a first vice president? Guys I’m going to join Rebels soon because they gonna fight for me and then from there I’m gonna return to my government as a minister of water or minister of something, so you rebels with your stupid ass you must fight for me because I wanna become something

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    • 25 September 05:59, by Eastern

      Which rebel group is Taban Deng Gai representing...? Kiir thought playing with national issues in the 21st century is a child play but now he’s already having sleepless nights.

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