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Ethiopian FM and Chairperson of the IGAD Council Workneh Gebeyehu shakes hands with President Salva Kiir in Juba following a meeting with the IGAD foreign ministers on 24 July 2017 (IGAD photo)
October 9, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudanese peace partners in the national unity government have released conflicting statements in which they expressed divergent opinions over their participation in the proposed revitalization of the 2015 peace agreement by Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

The former political detainees in the unity government on Saturday issued a statement welcoming separate consultations proposed by IGAD to revitalize the 2015 peace agreement, saying they do not see any problem in separate consultation with all individual parties or even entity.

“We do not see any issue in IGAD consulting all parties separately or even as one entity. It is our strong belief and hope that the convening of the proposed ARCSS Revitalization Forum by IGAD, will greatly enhance current efforts being undertaken by the parties to the agreement in South Sudan and their regional and international partners, to bring about durable peace and stability to our war-torn country and the immense suffering of our people”, the October 7th, 2017 statement reads in part.

Their statement was preceded by two other separate statements issued on Friday 6 by members of the opposition faction of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In-Opposition (SPLM-IO) under the leadership the First Vice-President, Taban Deng Gai and the leader of the alliance of political parties calling itself as national agenda group under the minister of cabinet affairs, Martin Elia Lomuro.

Minister Lomuro wrote that the approach IGAD proposes implies the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU) does not exist and the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan is indeed dead, and further that the revitalization Forum is intended to resuscitate it as stated by many times by anti-peace element South Sudanese politicians.

The Secretary-General of the Sudan People’s Liberation In Opposition under Taban Deng Gai, Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol told Sudan Tribune on Friday that the proposal by the regional countries undermines the existence of the unity, expressing the need to be consulted as part of the government instead of individual parties. He equated individual consultation to fresh negotiations on the peace deal.

However, the former detainees say they do not subscribe to the views of the other parties, explaining that separate talks, will help the parties to address the immense challenges implementation of the accord.

“We do not share the above interpretations of the revitalization process. Instead, we believe that the process can help the parties to address the immense challenges facing the implementation of the peace agreement,” the statement of the former detainees released to the public reads in part.

The group said it is their strong belief and hope the convening of the proposed revitalization forum of the peace agreement will greatly enhance current efforts being undertaken by the parties to the agreement and regional partners to bring about durable peace and stability to the war-torn country.

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  • 10 October 00:13, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The pseudo unity government of Kiir - Taban is a pro war system that benefits from the souls and the blood of South Sudanese. Lomuro has no constituency and has no right to talk for South Sudanese. Those who want peace in the country believe the mode of conduct of peace talks should not be a matter of disagreement. The people need peace right now. They have suffered enough.

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    • 10 October 05:24, by Newsudan

      Khartoum sponsored, trained, accommodated,given logistics, food, armed,all South Sudan rebels within Sudan border areas,all top rebels are host in Khartoum best hotels and lodges, this is already proxy war with Khartoum govt,Gen.Kiir Mayardit open your eye very wide and act now B4 it is too late

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      • 10 October 08:31, by Wutkhor

        Get out of this sides insects Dinka’s, what about those jem, spla-n malik aqar in juba? This time round no mercy, we will burn this dirty country, no compromise again

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    • 10 October 07:39, by Midit Mitot

      Shit! those G10 were the causative organism to this senseless war, and again they want to be another strong virus on this peace process.

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  • 10 October 03:27, by lino

    It looks Kiir and his allies are not willing to set to rest South Sudan Problems,nor they want to leave power!!! These groups should listen to National, Regional, and International calls.
    You behave the way you are, and till Gen. Malongdiit fed up from detention and all the army uprise against you!!! It is coming.

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  • 10 October 06:55, by Eastern

    I have always said it and repeat it here. The regime in Juba is a Kiir-Taban alliance of deceit masquerading as TGoNU. It is a time wasting gimmick. IGAD and JMEC quickly bought into the fallacy. The sooner we go back to the drawing board, the better for all South Sudanese.

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    • 10 October 07:05, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      There should be no reasons for consulting the FDS. they are not a political and they are being represented in the NG. some of who are residing outside the country are there for personal reasons. how and when they will come to the country is solely upon themselves (volitional)

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    • 10 October 08:55, by South South

      People who are weak, have no courage, cowards and all of that are very good in internet. We are in the towns, cities and fields of South Sudan waiting.When Riek met with IGAD last week, they came out saying, Oh power will be handed over to us soon. What? Are you really a real person to rule South Sudan?

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      • 10 October 09:06, by jubaone

        South South,
        Just keep to the issue or subject. This has absolutely nothing to do with cowardice. It is defeatism, jienges inability to cognitively think to issues pertinent to the problem. This has been our problem ever with subhumans. They walk like humans and think like apes.

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        • 10 October 09:36, by South South

          jubaone,

          Just keep this issue of hating Dinka out of this. This is about country called South Sudan which was liberated by real men, but now we have cowards and chicken hawk pouring into internet telling us that they want power. This is a real problem and we must work very hard as we always do to show cowards and weak people their real positions in the country.

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          • 10 October 13:27, by jubaone

            South South,
            SS has not been liberated yet. What we have is a jienge republic and has nothing to do with SS. We Equatorians are now cleaning jienge filth and stench. Yei, Maridi, Yambi, et al. are free from jienge except savage nyors and they will also go. You can then call your "rump" state as South Sudan.

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          • 10 October 13:48, by jubaone

            South South,
            We Equatorians must always ensure that the jienge remains the eternal savage and primitive creature that is unable to run and take care of himself and the rest. How then can he run a country? This defies common sense. You can easily train a monkey to speak Bari language than a jienge to run a country. A naturally born "loser"

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      • 10 October 09:34, by Eastern

        South South,

        ALL STAKEHOLDERS must be heard for there to be a country called South Sudan. Peace is made with enemies not friends. This is what some of us have been telling the imps in Juba. Kiir must be compelled by all means to step down from his high and horse and face the reality sort of that we are ready to continue to making the country ungovernable...

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        • 10 October 09:41, by South South

          Eastern,

          You see, we have a problem with some rebels in this forum. Our government is ready to listen to any voice of peace and that why our president formed NATIONAL DIALOGUE, but you are here now telling us you want our president who fought to this country to step down, who are you? Rebels think that our government give up power to them to stop the war, really, who are you?

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          • 10 October 13:31, by jubaone

            South South,
            You have no govt. but a bunch of jienge savages who got together to call it a govt. Equatoria is clear on this, jienges have just to be butted out to their luaks and they can then call it, South Sudan. We are initiating a "State of Equatoria, SoE" and we shall hunt you down like bush rats. Take this word for real.

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          • 10 October 13:36, by jubaone

            South South,
            You have learnt to call others "rebels" like your jellaba masters used to call SPLA? Now the slave jienge has acquired the rhetoric and mastery in calling others names from his jellaba masters. You jienge scoundrel, why cant you send "your real men" to go liberate Abyei from your "Mesiriya and Baqqara" master?" instead of idling in Uganda like a docile slave?

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          • 10 October 13:40, by jubaone

            South South,
            Kiirminal other than a few battles was idling in Kenya like most jienge "Hotel commanders" waiting for Dr. Garang to stash them dollars to feed their kids and pay rent. Fighting was done by Nuers, Equatorians and many jienge foot soldiers. Tell some ignorant jienge idiot who was born in the 1990s not me, "my jienge farm boy"

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          • 10 October 14:07, by jubaone

            South South,
            Could this be you now made president of South Sudan Farmers Union? Or should we say "Jienge Farmers Union?"

            https://radiotamazuj.org/en/news/article/south-sudan-farmers-union-elects-new-chairman

            Please help your fellow jienges from running into the hands of your jellaba masters to be fed, or stop begging in the streets of Juba, or looting civilians. A real jienge savage in suit, wow

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            • 10 October 15:35, by Eastern

              jubaone,

              Wherever they suspect there will be money, trust me, a jenge will want to be a leader. Livestock farming is not that developed in this country and they jenge are not known to be the crop farmers to reckon with. The tribal scarification on that man’s head speaks volumes!

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  • 10 October 07:38, by Isaac Deng

    There are two things IGAD should have not supposed come with,FDs,and separate consultation of individuals in Waring parties.
    This is complication peace process otherwise all those mentioned by IGAD to consult were in Addis talk, Uganda but nothing done due to different heart they have in their movement.
    Let IGAD, AU, EU and other international community remain in fact.
    peace peace in south Sudan.

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  • 10 October 08:38, by Wutkhor

    Peoples have really confuse, look at these idiots of lumoro n std groups they are delusional confuse n mentally sicks with a permanent memory incapability. The juba gangs n Mafia are permanently traumatizes.. If u refuse than president D Trump will give ur ass serious individual sanctions.

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  • 10 October 18:24, by yomdit

    Do not split over please we are tied about bloody country we need peace if we do not know, you split because your children are in western world and our children are fighting each other so you have no sung cost in the country.stop stop war please.

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    • 11 October 02:18, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Let these so called political detenee or G10/11 form their political alliance, so that they could be distinguished from the rest of the public, where is there stand here really? We need a patriotic south Sudanese folk with strong 💪 voice rather than interest groups of self interest. We the public are tied of misrepresentation, misinformation, and so forth

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