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IGAD unveils S. Sudan peace revitalization forum timetable

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October 1, 2017 (JUBA) – The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has unveiled the timetable for the revitalization forum to start consultations with South Sudanese leaders and the nation’s citizens.

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President Salva Kiir attends a session during the 25th Extraordinary Summit of the (IGAD) on South Sudan in Addis Ababa March 13, 2014 (Reuters Photo)

In June, a summit of IGAD heads of state and government decided to convene a meeting of the signatories of the South Sudan peace agreement to discuss ways to revitalize the peace implementation.

It was agreed upon, during the June summit that all groups be included in discussion aimed at restoring a permanent ceasefire.

Consultations will commence from 13 October to 17 October, with leaders in South Sudan’s coalition government to be consulted first during the IGAD-initiated process.

Also to be consulted are South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar, currently confined in South Africa, former Agriculture minister Lam Akol, former secretary general of the ruling party, Pagan Amum and the ex-army logistics chief-turned rebel leader, Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka. The IGAD team will also meet members of civil society groups and faith-based leaders during their consultations on the peace process.

A team from the regional bloc, headed by the Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister, Workneh Gobeyehu will do the consultations on the South Sudanese peace process.

The South Sudanese government earlier warned that the revitalization forum by the regional bloc, which mediated the 2015 peace accord, should not be another platform for negotiation of the peace agreement between the two factions to the conflict.

IGAD is an eight-member economic bloc that brings together Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.

Over a million people have fled South Sudan since conflict erupted in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir sacked Machar from the vice-presidency. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in South Sudan’s worst ever violence since it seceded from Sudan in 2011.

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  • 2 October 2017 08:55, by Eastern

    Kiir has decided to divide his camp into 5 entities: (1) SPLM-Kiir, (2) SPLM-Taban, SPLM-Deng Alor, (3) Martin Elia and (5) Adigo Anyoti...Many individuals from Bahr el Ghazal have been co-opted as "Civil Societies and the Business community". True peace will be attained in South Sudan when leaders shun perfidy...!

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    • 2 October 2017 09:24, by jubaone

      Eastern,
      Had the Kiirminal implemented the ARCISS 2015 between him and Riak, things wouldn’t get nastier as now. The cake will now be divided into smaller portions and he can’t think he will take the bigger chunk, no. We want federalism at it’s fullest without compromise, even when that will cost the break up of the country. They started a dirty war they can’t end, that is jienge logic.

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      • 2 October 2017 09:57, by Newsudan

        in the book of Isaiah, the Bible describes the woe of Sudan, the "country of whirring (insect) wings " that was always feared, a people mighty and masterful ",such ominous Biblical prophecies do not lend themselves to peace and may condemn the Sudanese to " eternal conflict ".the book of Ezekiel describes the people of Cush taking part in an apocalyptic war against Gog a chief Prince who came from

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      • 2 October 2017 10:01, by Eastern

        jubaone,

        Agreed. Kiir didn’t want NUSU MKATE (half loaf) that Uhuru and Ruto are taunting in Kenya. It will be smaller portions of power shared not between tow protagonists but regions. CONFEDERACY will surely help settle the political problems of South Sudan created by tribal dominance.

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        • 2 October 2017 21:39, by Kuch

          Eastern,
          We are here chap, you are not from Eastern Equatoria, but our former Eastern North Sudan. Stop your rubbish in our country and our people. We are going to bomb your "Kassala to red sea" with your *Djibouti criminals & your so-called ethiopian criminals into red sea" Mr. Eastern, we are here chap.

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          • 3 October 2017 08:20, by jubaone

            Kuch,
            You jienge outfit and hireling, hopeless ad you are and trying to disown real SS as if the country beloned to jienges, idiots. I swear such your type have to sent back to Darfur where you’re father hails from. Go drink some kwete, that will make you a little more intelligent than drinking milk and so start thinking like a cow. Bullshit

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  • 2 October 2017 09:41, by lou nuer

    Stupid IGAD will never bring peace in South Sudan unless others Countries in Africa or Eu will coming and helps of solving this probem. Ethiopia foreign Minister lead revitalization is fake will never yield any fruiteful result that Ethiopian will be after getting money and forget his roles. Fake IGAD.

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    • 4 October 2017 06:25, by chot nyang deng

      IGAD Will Never Bring Peace to S.Sudan Because They Only Work To Earn Money From Donors Not To Work To Bring Peace, Your Friend Kiir Is Running Out Of Money As You Can See He Start To Print Fake Money.

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  • 2 October 2017 09:57, by Wutkhor

    Dinka’s listen with their dirty ass and their dirty brain for they don’t knows the meaning of signatories of the peace.
    Is better for SS to be divided for me I don’t even want the so-called Igad peace I just want secession.
    It’s a big and terrible crime to share same nationality with Dinka’s.

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    • 2 October 2017 10:42, by Newsudan

      Wutkor or whatever
      you’re simply mad man,continued with your madness of installing your false Messiah ake Gatmachar as FVp,forget,just folded your antenna and joined peace wing of STD,leave Dr Risky alone in SA prison,

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      • 2 October 2017 11:33, by Wutkhor

        Newsudan slave..
        I am not RMT follower but I am a pure Nuer nationalist who is just been fighting for the cost of Nuer without reservation,when ur illiterate Dinka’s ass president start genocides the Nuer in juba he never spare even those who were supporting him, I was supporting Kiir in that splm aguement that led into arms confrontations, so I hate RMT the way ur Dinka’s kills our innocents nue

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        • 2 October 2017 11:38, by Wutkhor

          Continue... The way ur fellows evils jiengs kills innocents nuer civilians is what sparks some Nuer like me to fights u jieng to end n kills more jieng insects as much as i am in the war fronts.. U Dinka’s behave like animals n no need to lives with animals like u pples only secessions will save ur dirty jieng ass this time round although u gets some Nuerwew foods n stomach fighters, we still crus

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          • 2 October 2017 13:05, by Newsudan

            that is why Riek movement will never succeeded, becos, only killing civilians not revolution to change the govt

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  • 2 October 2017 13:08, by Sunday Junup

    Can anyone help me re-read this article please i don’t see Taban Deng Gai being invited by IGAD? Now the real warren parties has appear, Kiir Mayar (Dinka), Dr. Riak Machar (Nuer), Pagan Amum (Shiluk) and Thomas Chrilo (Equatoria). Now we are going to see real peace but not through IGAD but AU!

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    • 2 October 2017 15:36, by Redeemer

      Equatoria is not a tribe if you are categorizing individuals to his tribe

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      • 2 October 2017 15:59, by Sunday Junup

        Redeemer,
        What matter here is who have voice and influence here not tribe. Ask Thomas Cirillo about Equatoria, he will give you more. I did not involve Lam Akol remember because he has caused chaos in Shiluk areas

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        • 2 October 2017 17:24, by Don-Don Malith Rual

          What is happening here?

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  • 2 October 2017 17:17, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    IGAD PLUS international bodies shouldn’t prolonged this peace ? peace Acord, consultation between parties involved, it 🔊 Sound like individual consultation, Mr Pagan releave himself last time ? from Politics n went to exile,Why do you insists tat he should be consulted,what for? Let not complicated thingy here. We need a genuine peace accord.

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  • 2 October 2017 17:21, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    The Sudan we wanted and the south Sudan we are! We should be soothing those who are not ready for peace, we must leave them a lone and go a head with the peace ?

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