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Machar’s meeting was ordered by IGAD summit, says Sudan’s FM

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October 8, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour stressed that their recent meeting with the leader of the SPLM In Opposition (SPLM-IO) Riek Machar was in implementation of a decision by the IGAD group which brokers the South Sudan peace process.

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From the left Ethiopia’s FM Workneh Gebeyehu SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar and Sudanese FM Ibrahim Ghandour pose for a picture in Johannesburg on 5 Oct 2017 (ST Photo)

In a visit to South Africa on 4 and 5 October, Ethiopian Workneh Gebeyehu who is also the Chair of the IGAD Council of Ministers and Ghandour met with Machar in South Africa to discuss ways to stop the war and hold talks within the framework of the revitalization process.

However, the SPLM-IO led by Taban Deng Gai issued a statement implicitly rejected the outcome of the meeting reiterating its commitment to the government-led national dialogue and the SPLM reunification process. The group which is part of the South Sudanese government also requested to be part of any talks with Machar.

In statements released on Sunday, Ghandour emphasised that the approach had been decided by the IGAD Council of Ministers in a meeting held last July and tasked Gebeyehu and his person to meet with Machar.

"The meeting with Machar was commissioned by the IGAD Council of Ministers and decided by the IGAD (heads of state and government) Summit held recently in Addis Ababa as part of IGAD’s efforts to revitalize the peace process in South Sudan," said in a statement to SUNA.

Further meetings will be held with some opposition leaders and the government to revive peace in the South Sudan, he added.

"Sudan and IGAD are working for the establishment of security and peace in South Sudan which is a sister country and a neighbour that we are concerned with the security of its citizens," he said.

The South Sudanese government warned that the IGAD revitalization process should not be another platform for negotiation of the peace agreement between the two factions to the conflict.

During the last week meeting, Machar welcomed the process and expressed readiness to take part.

(ST)

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  • 9 October 09:15, by jubaone

    Taban asuumed the position of FVP bcoz Riak was ejected out of Juba and he promised to relinguish this position once Riak returned. Taban is simply a "watch-man" a "caretaker" and his use stops once Riak returns. That simple, unless he wants his own group which has absolutely NOTHING to do with IO. He MUST choose: kiirminal or Riak, there is NO middle-way. Period

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    • 9 October 09:21, by Eastern

      jubaone,

      I like it! Taban Deng has been caught in his web of intrigue. Taban Deng’s group refused to be consulted separately; his group argued that they be consulted as TGoNU. Now SPLM-FD wants to be consulted separately. Now why is Taban Deng asking to be involved when dealing with Dr. Machar, a car without tyres..?!

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    • 9 October 13:44, by Midit Mitot

      (STD) Stephen Taban Deng group have completely confused, they demanding IGAD to consult them, they are forgetting that their party is call JUBA CRON HOTEL which is very useless to be involved in the peace process.

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    • 9 October 13:47, by Midit Mitot

      (STD) Stephen Taban Deng group have completely confused, they demanding IGAD to consult them, they are forgetting that their party is call JUBA CRON HOTEL which is very useless to be involved in the peace process.

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  • 9 October 09:45, by Wutkhor

    Fuck all C.H idiots of gangs, thugs n insects, hangs ur asses for Igad will not be stopped by mafia n thugs like, whom do STad C.H animals thing they are really? As they gangs up a o questions Igad countries F. Ministers, led the Igad FMs reports their shirts to D. Trump so he can sanctions those CH stomach feeders.

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    • 9 October 09:56, by Newsudan

      we all know from day one since 2005.Khartoum sponsored, host,trained,accumulated,given logistics and went as far using SAF uniforms and tanks, currently as we speak all top rebels are being accumulated in Khartoum best hotels and lodges,only Kiirdit delaying Armageddon war with Jalaba otherwise it is proxy war already

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      • 9 October 10:06, by Eastern

        Kiir tried that Armageddon at Heglig where Omar Bashir swept him like insect. Kiir has a big burden to deal with: the SPLM/A-North, his former comrades in arms during the 22 years war with Khartoum regime. Kiir feels he cannot detach himself from them. With SPLM in power, there will continue to be problems with Khartoum regimes. South Sudan as a country is held hostage by SPLM/A...

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  • 9 October 15:38, by Isaac Deng

    IGAD should remain as independent body talking and guiding warring parties appropriately otherwise peace will not come South Sudan if some are favored.
    We need peace Peace in South Sudan

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  • 9 October 17:02, by Eastern

    All South Sudanese are stakeholders and musty be consulted as they deem fit. Taban Deng chose to be consulted under Kiir, Olony chose Dr. Machar, the Deng Alor’s group chose to be consulted outside the TGoNU, etc. Such arrangements must be respected for sanity to reign and peace to prevail. If IGAD gets influenced by Kiir and cohorts. Eastern will cause them further problems..!

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  • 9 October 19:35, by William

    All fool South Sudanese, You all wasting your time to argue each other. IGAD will never ever bring peace to your country because IGAD has hugh benefit from your war. If you don’t feel like need peace with your sisters and brothers, forget others. Your fool forever.

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  • 9 October 19:54, by William

    Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda are most countries developing their countries and make more and strong relationship with western countries through your blood. These countries are working hard to make sure the war is continuing in South Sudan and that is the fact. I know you will not agree with me because you know nothing about IGAD and South Sudan war.

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