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S. Sudan’s warring parties urged to cease military operations

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September 23, 2017 (JUBA) – Participants attending a high level meeting convened on South Sudan on Thursday expressed concerns over the continued violations of the permanent ceasefire, urging the parties to the conflict to immediately cease all military operations.

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A military tank patrols along one of the main roads in the South Sudanese capital Juba December 16, 2013 (Reuters Photo)

The meeting was convened by the United Nations, with the co-facilitation of the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to agree on collective measures to support the revitalization of the political process in South Sudan.

In July, East African regional leaders, at a summit meeting held in Addis Ababa called for revitalization of the 2015 South Sudan peace accord, saying the agreement was the only way to end the conflict.

Those who attended Thursday’s meeting deplored the lack of progress in reaching an inclusive political settlement that could deliver an end to the fighting and condemned the atrocious human rights violations and abuses committed by the parties against civilians.

However, alarmed by the humanitarian situation with millions internally displaced and seeking safety in neighboring countries and in need of emergency assistance, the participants renewed their firm commitment to actively support the united action by IGAD, the AU and the UN to put an end to the fighting in the East African country.

The participants also reaffirmed their united support to the IGAD-led High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) process, which represents a genuine new chance for an inclusive peace process as it provides for the participation of the parties to the agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), other estranged and opposition groups, as well as the civil society organizations.

They supported IGAD’s efforts to bring all these parties together to discuss concrete measures to restore the permanent ceasefire, the full implementation of the August 2015 peace deal and to develop a revised and realistic timeline and implementation schedule towards a democratic election at the end of the transition period.

“The participants underscored the need for the parties to take concrete actions to create the appropriate political and security environment for credible national elections, which should only take place in a conducive atmosphere of stability,” partly reads a summary from the high level meeting held on Thursday.

It adds, “They expressed their strong support for IGAD, the AU and the UN to engage the parties individually and collectively to that effect”.

Those who attended the high level meeting urged all parties to the 2015 agreement, as well as estranged and other opposition groups, to respond positively and constructively to the opportunity for dialogue provided by the HLRF process.

The participants also noted that the national dialogue initiated by the government promises to address long-standing grievances among communities in South Sudan, and agreed that its success would depend on the wider participation of South Sudanese political and social forces, including those that remain outside the process.

Over a million people have fled South Sudan since conflict erupted in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir sacked Riek Machar from the vice-presidency. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and over two million displaced since the war broke out.

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  • 24 September 09:57, by Eastern

    But Taban Deng and his group are in Juba implementing the ARCISS. What’s the qualm here....?

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  • 24 September 10:00, by jubaone

    Neither the Kiirminal nor Riak will deliver any decisive victory over the other. It’s therefore only logical that Equatorians go their way. This requires that all Equatoria-led movements bundle up their forces and come up clearly to the international community to say " Equatoria is out for a free, liberal country" that can coexist with it’s neighbours instead of wasting human resources and time.

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    • 24 September 10:08, by jubaone

      SS was borne out of a bitter war and Equatorians must be ready to do it. The thinking that the "bush is for jienges and Nuers alone" is stupid cos Equatorians were in the bush in 1955. None was born a fighter, nor are jienges or Nuers. Fighting can be learned and Equatorians have learned it. Bakasoro, Cirillo, and all Equatorians in IO must meet and talk. This is the only way forward.

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      • 24 September 10:16, by jubaone

        Equatorians are sitting at the dining table and yet their plates are empty while those of the jienges and Nuers are filled with goodies and delicacies. The Kiirminal as host is telling us of the nice and enjoyable dinner 🍴 yet our plates aren’t filled. Equatorians must learn to hunt, skin and cook their own food. SS is no longer viable and Equatorians must make no illusions. We have to decide NOW

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        • 24 September 10:32, by jubaone

          The argument that Equatorians complain yet they by all standards are far ahead of the rest is stupid. Equatoria cutting edge is a result of hard work, suitable investment environment and ability of Equatorians to live with everyone. Every single tribe has fled, come or wants to settle in Equatoria. But, our Equatoria is already full and why don’t the rest remain where they are?

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          • 24 September 14:38, by South South

            jubaone and Eastern,

            Big two cowards are talking in the net like real men. Coward people make big noises while they are hiding. Shut up and come back to South Sudan and follow the real men to lead you.

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            • 24 September 18:43, by jubaone

              South South,
              I and other Equatorians have better business to do than engaging myself in worthless discussions with jienge half idiots. The worst is that I lower myself and become worthless and foolish like a jienge. Just keep your bravery and stick that in your a**

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              • 24 September 20:29, by South South

                jubaone,

                You are nothing to us, but a piece of dirt. Come back to Juba and see with your own eyes how real men handling themselves. You will be down for the rest of your life, remember where you hear it first.

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                • 25 September 07:53, by jubaone

                  South South,
                  Even a monkey 🐵 after roaming the bushes looking for food returns to the same tree it calls home. A jienge after roaming the bushes of SS looking for food and loot can’t return to a place it calls home, for it is a vagabond and drifter without a home. Juba is NOT your home. Tell our esteemed readers where your luak is 😁.

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            • 24 September 20:37, by Eastern

              South South,

              I have just returned from my weekend leave from Addis Ababa..I posted the same on my Facebook...Join me this evening if or when you can...!

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              • 24 September 21:02, by South South

                Lair, stay in you tiny apartment in USA. Place like Addis Ababa and Juba are for us. You belong to DIASPORA.

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                • 25 September 07:56, by jubaone

                  South South,
                  You’re ashamed of yourself cos you don’t like where you come from. Sorry, you can’t change yourself to a Juban or Equatorian. Tell us your home, and I shall tell you what type of jienge your are 😉

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  • 24 September 11:48, by Tilo

    I use to dislike when people use to say equatoria should secede but now this seems the only option for Equatorians. Equatorians are the most civilized community in the country and yet we are on the table with empty plat "as my colleague Juba1 stated.
    I believe it is coming pretty clear that we are gaining nothing and yet equatorians are the most vulnerable in this senseless war.

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    • 24 September 18:36, by jubaone

      Tilo,
      2013 Equatorians foolishly thought that the jienge massacre of Nuers was something that would be limited to them. Jienges used this as a warning that Equatoria was next. You know the rest. Jienges are out to kill and we must relentlessly do likewise without remorse, pity and fear. Jienges mean business and we must speak this language. Equatoria is not the ass of SS.

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  • 25 September 10:40, by Adok son

    Peace is more important than war,let’s unite ourselves under one umbrella of Riek Machar and Kiir because they’re the only persons who have signed peace of 2015 and also they will be the ones to implemented it despite of Traitor Taban Deng’s claims on that signed agreement.
    Let Riek Machar be out from confinement place and revitalise the failed peace with Kiir.

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    • 25 September 11:14, by Landlord

      How long shall this condemning continue without strong step?
      Why did you allow cessation from Sudan and hand the country to be led by Semi Humans?
      Do you think this country will one day be peaceful under a tribe only?

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