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South Sudan president vows to support peace revitalization forum


October 14, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir has pledged unconditional support to the peace revitalization forum, saying dialogue was the only way to end the conflict in the country.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir speaks at a public rally in Juba on 18 March 2015 (Photo: AP/Jason Patinkin)

The president’s position on the revitalization forum was delivered by the country’s minister of foreign affairs, Deng Alor Kuol on Saturday.

Kuol, a representative of the former political detainees in the coalition government, also said his group was ready to participate in any form of consultation that would be conducted, either as individual or part of the Transitional Government of National Unity.

“For us, what is important is that the revitalization forum will provide a platform for the parties and the guarantors to evaluate the agreement and doing it this way will be a big boost to the agreement. The people need peace, they need the war to stop and for stability to return to the country. This is what is important. It is not whether we are consulted separately or as one body”, he said.

On Friday, a delegation from the regional bloc (IGAD) led by Ethiopia’s foreign affairs minister, Wokneh Gebeyehu met South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Taban Deng Gai.

“We, the ministers of IGAD, are very happy by the word of H.E. President Salva Kiir who is encouraging us to continue with our efforts and this is another day for South Sudan”, said the Ethiopian official.

Gebeyehu, however, said that the real peace makers are the South Sudanese people, adding that the meeting was very “fruitful. He noted that IGAD has a time table and that they expect, after consulting with all the parties, to evaluate and call the council of ministers followed by calling for a summit to report to heads of states.

South Sudan’s cabinet affair minister, Martin Elia Lomuro also said the meeting in the country’s capital, Juba was fruitful and that President Kiir appreciated the role IGAD has played in efforts to bring peace.

He said the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU) gave its proposal about the views on how the revitilization forum should be organized and the criteria for the selection of such groups.

The regional bloc, the minister further stressed, will respond and make clarification on some of the key points in the near future.

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.

During the June summit, however, it was agreed that all groups be included in the discussion aimed at restoring a permanent ceasefire.

IGAD unveiled the timetable for the revitalization forum with South Sudanese leaders and the nation’s citizens. The process began on 13 October and ends on 17 October.

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

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 July 2011.


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  • 14 October 2017 23:31, by Eyez


    This time the citizens of this nation want to see that, actions speaks louder than words.
    Because, you’ve said one thing for the cameras and then totally did the opposite thing behind closed doors.
    You’ve cried crocodile tears in public, but cunningly and privately, you’ve killed hundreds of thousands and uprooted millions from their livelihood. So we are watching you and your JCE.


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    • 15 October 2017 05:35, by Newsudan

      Gen.Mayardit. South Sudanese need peace now and not later," peace is around the corner " As always said by Makwei Lweth,that corner never come upto now.all armed groups leaders should be include in transition govt: Olony, Gadet,Bakassoro, Cirillo, Al Bagi,Lam,Gatwechdual,Koang Ranley,Nyandeng,Majak,Riek. act now b4 it’s too late,exclusions of idiot like Riek will not end the war,His supporters can

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      • 15 October 2017 05:47, by Newsudan

        not accept peace wing of STD,the likes of morons: Jubaone, Eastern,Malakal county fool, militia Wutkhor, White man toilet cleaner Sunday Junup,and the rest " intum Majuunu kullu".

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        • 15 October 2017 07:03, by Eastern


          Inta ya jena haram, just shut up. Every South Sudanese is a stakeholder and must be included in one way or another in running this country. The dinka regime in Juba cannot be allowed to co-opt opportunists like Taban, Lumoro, etc to blindfold the region and the world that there’s a government for all South Sudan. Ashan tanimara..!

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          • 15 October 2017 07:37, by South South


            Oh, everyone in South Sudan is a stakeholder and must rule. Keep repeating yourself like that. You will live your life and you will see one president in South Sudan until you die, that president is Kiir Mayardit. We want peace, but we will not take any imposed peace.

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            • 15 October 2017 09:11, by Eastern

              South South,

              What will pacify South Sudan shall always be an imposed one; even the CPA was imposed on the Khartoum regime. Just watch this space in the next two months or so...Time is up for the tribal regime in Juba..!

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              • 15 October 2017 13:02, by South South


                Please stop lying!!!! CPA was an agreement between two warriors which took them more than two years to conclude it. Khartoum was given two options by SPLA.
                1- United Sudan as the first choice, but without Islamic laws
                2- Referendum of South Sudan if Khartoum refuse to remove Islamic laws,
                Khartoum chose second options and this what led to referendum of South Sudan.

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                • 15 October 2017 13:05, by South South


                  " Just watch this space in the next two months or so...Time is up for the tribal regime in Juba..!"

                  Empty threats will not sit well with us. We are controlling it. Just coil your tail and come back to Juba, the only hope for you to return back to South Sudan, other than that, you are coward.

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                • 15 October 2017 15:12, by Eastern

                  South South,

                  The CPA was negotiated before I could understand...Khartoum given two options by SPLA? You are typical of any SPLA. Now wonder you sound very callow..! Try something else not twisting how the CPA came about. The CPA is a product of more than what you think you know.

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                  • 15 October 2017 17:51, by South South


                    CPA is a product of young Dinka’s blood which was shed for more than 20 years. Without SPLA no shit on the face of earth would know South Sudan. Yes, SPLA got support from USA, British, Norway, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Israel and many countries. But all these countries came to South Sudan because of SPLA. Coward people like you where hiding while we were dying, shut up stupid.

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          • 15 October 2017 09:19, by Newsudan

            ya idiot, which town do your false Messiah control, Io Riek loss all creditability rather than a terrorists groups, STD has huge force to be integrated soon into SPLA.

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            • 15 October 2017 09:42, by Eastern


              You are still clinging on that useless project of NEW SUDAN, dream on. Integrating a zillion hapless nuer villagers into the SPLA won’t pacify South Sudan. A large number of Bul nuer villagers were integrated into the SPLA when the late Paulino Matip joined Kiir in Juba. Why do you want to do what was done before but failed miserably..?

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              • 15 October 2017 10:10, by Newsudan

                Newsudan is alive and kicking, SPLA- S,SPLA- N,JEM,SLA will give both SAF ,Riek Io witchcraft, bloody nose, your master Hitler Bashir is sensing danger.

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                • 15 October 2017 10:15, by Eastern

                  Folks in Nuba Mountains have seen the futility in pursuing the idea of New Sudan. They are now toying with the idea of independence and eventually they will settle once again under the Arab stock in Khartoum. As for those in South Sudan, the New Sudan Society has been left for lunatics...

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                  • 15 October 2017 10:36, by Newsudan

                    Still Newsudan Will be achieved for SS,Nuba mts, Funj,Beja,the road to Newsudan is tiresome becos of your idiot Dr Risky who back stab movement in 1991,so call SSIM,

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                    • 15 October 2017 10:49, by Eastern


                      You are an idiot really. SPLA Nasir faction helped redirect the movement that led to the independence of South Sudan from the Sudan. Without that jolt, Dr. Garang’s SPLA would still be fighting or gone into oblivion...Pursuing New Sudan ideology is akin to flogging a dead horse...!

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                      • 15 October 2017 11:43, by Newsudan

                        be Patience,the vision of Newsudan will take time,Dr Garang quote: there are no shortcut such KPA or Fashoda 1997,and no easy walk to freedom and no easy walk to Newsudan. eastern why did Riek 1997 KPA never led to independent? Dr Garang strategy, Plan A:Newsudan,Plan B: self determination for SS,Nuba mts,Funj,Beja.

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            • 15 October 2017 11:59, by jubaone

              You are just a Nuba mole or Darfuri hireling disguised as Junubi. You and South South are from Abyei always causing confusion or trying to be junubiin when in fact you are worthless foreigners whom we have tolerated for too long. Go liberate Abyei, Darfur or Nuba Mts. from your jellaba masters instead of wasting our time. We have a kiirminal to bust

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        • 15 October 2017 07:16, by Malakal county Simon


          Your type of abnormal person/coward who got no dignity and the same time, he does not know his rights. If you’re a not normal person like me, you shouldn’t betrayed a thousands lives for a one man live ya knuckle-head..

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          • 15 October 2017 07:20, by Malakal county Simon


            What’s good did he (Kiir) ever done, for you to support him and to compels your readers??

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          • 15 October 2017 09:26, by Newsudan

            Malakal county fool
            Ya militia, where are you now, Jamus div,is always on the neck of rebels in Upper Nile, Kaka,Kuek,Renk. all Io Riek have take refuge in Khartoum,your usual master Jellabni

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    • 15 October 2017 12:08, by jubaone

      Do you want the kiirminal to open his mouth so you can see that he has NO lower teeth? Brother, his loose, flaccid and hanging lower lip is already an indication. The kiirminal is a worthless and congenital liar and sways left and right like a pissing bull on the run. He is NOT consistent. He talks too much and does nothing. He must walk his talk. Period.

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  • 14 October 2017 23:35, by Kush Natives

    Let’s give it a try, but what concerns me is that, this revitalization of the peace agreement seem likely to be belong to opposition forces and government, rather then voices of all South Sudanese. In my argument here, the government should focus more on reuniting civil populations in the country first-hand. There shouldn’t be that much needs to after those traumatized rebels___

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    • 14 October 2017 23:43, by Kush Natives

      Con_ because those outlaws called themselves rebels will come and integrated into a peaceful community, if they denounced violence behaviors. If the communities around South Sudan is still not getting along, then it’s always an easy for rebels to manipulate the peace into violence, because the communities will have no basics standard say.

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  • 15 October 2017 01:30, by Naath

    The Dinka tribal chief is now repeating his lies of accepting peace unconditionally and tomorrow he would accuse the mediators of imposing peace. Kiir is not only visionless tribal chief but he is the most idiot Dinka tribal leader on the planet.

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    • 15 October 2017 01:48, by Malakal county Simon

      South SouthS/Slave

      Where is South South who think Unwanted Kiir will not accept IGAD revitalization?? I told you don’t be too loyal to Kiir because he doesn’t give an inch about your support and he can abandon any time like your uncle queen Paul Malong......

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      • 15 October 2017 07:16, by South South

        Malakal county Simon,

        Moron, Government of South Sudan has met and came out with one position, one position only. Just wait and see. Because you are a Nuer who believes in what you see and touch only, your uncle who does the same thing like you are now roaming in Khartoum and Addis Abba. What we will not take is imposed peace, that one will not work.

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      • 15 October 2017 12:03, by jubaone

        Malakal County,
        I have followed South South´s discussion and till today, he has not revealed his origins. This jienge slave is from Abyei, now his Mesiriya or Muraheleen masters have taken over Abyei, he thinks he can squat in Juba or Equatoria indefinitely. No. Let him liberate Abyei "real men" do that. He cowardly wants Equatorians or Nuers to help like when we fought in Heglig in 2012-13.

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        • 15 October 2017 13:08, by South South


          Iam a Dinka from South Sudan. God knows that and my people in South Sudan know that. You are Bari, good enough. There are bad and good Bari, you are the worst one and coward too.

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          • 15 October 2017 13:18, by jubaone

            South South,
            Even jienges have localities, regions and luaks where they come from. I have traversed jiengeland except Abyei and I have seen with my naked eyes how you jienges live. No jienges will EVER tell me nonsense. Now tell me where you are from, and I will tell the truth about you

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            • 15 October 2017 14:28, by South South


              Iam from Juba, Yei, Wau, Bor, Malakal, Aweil, Gogrial, Tonj, Rumbek, Bentu, Rent and all cities and towns from South Sudan. I liberated South Sudan while you were hiding. South Sudan is ours.

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              • 15 October 2017 19:04, by jubaone

                South South,
                That is bullshit and no right answer. Your father or mother were born somewhere, if at all in SS (as you claim). You cant be from everywhere and nowhere in particular. This confirms what I have been saying; you are a vagabond and homeless. You must g back to your luak. Be honest unless you are a Darfuri or Nuba

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    • 15 October 2017 06:01, by Newsudan

      look at this militia so call naath,Don’t you know Mayardit commanded all SPLA forces,and he can unleashed them on your bases as he wanted, continued to rejected peace until SPLA crushed Riek Io witchcraft of tying red ribbons on their foreheads,to fight who,witchcraft has no place at this present time, You can’t win this war ya militias of Riek.

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  • 15 October 2017 02:21, by john akeen

    Kiir is the men of peace then Riek Machar and Kiir is the very responsible men then Riek Machar, Kiir is talking about peace to come in the country everyday then Riek Machar. Riek Machar wants to talk about position, but Kiir wants to talk about peace to come, Riek Machar knows he can’t defeat SPLA in anyways, he Riek wants Nuers to suffer for him, but Taban says no, not for too long

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    • 15 October 2017 07:09, by Malakal county Simon

      John Akeen

      Come again!! Your misleading point that you’re trying to make is not cleared....

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  • 15 October 2017 06:28, by Tilo

    Keep your words and give peace a chance,

    People are tired of war and people are dying daily

    This is just a word till you put it in action is nothing but a word Mr. Kiir

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    • 15 October 2017 07:32, by South South


      Let’s pray for peace to come to our country. The problem is Riek Machar. He started in 1991 and what we saw in 2013 and 2015 was a leftover of 1991. In 1991 he took Nuers to Khartoum, then left them there and returned back to SPLA. In 2013 he left Nuers in Juba and ran away for his life. In 2015 he ran to Congo with rotten feet and left young Nuers in J1. The guy is abnormal person

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  • 15 October 2017 06:52, by lino

    Very good move! SPLMers started to understand the word dialogue ; if we take it the way from 2013, then we wouldn’t have reached this stage!!!
    It very clear that Kiir was messed up by the middle men!!! Advisers. Who wrote Kiir’s speech on NLC on December, 2013?!!!

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    • 15 October 2017 07:24, by South South


      Let me add my short point to your comment. In 2013 Reik refused the position of Vice President. He was planing to push aside president and that why there was no SPLM real negotiation. In June 2015, Riek tried again to create second government in Jebel, in Juba. Again he had to run to Congo with rotten feet. This time he will come back as a normal citizen of South Sudan and wait for electio

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      • 15 October 2017 11:18, by Malakal county Simon

        South South/slave

        Deceptions is what’s destorying this country today.... What’s you wrote above is a point blank.... please do your research and stop writing nonsense we all know who fake the coup and started killings civilians based on ethnic lines....

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  • 15 October 2017 11:29, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    The genuine peace ? will only be brought by the Southerners themselves when they come to their realisation that what’s happening need to be settled amicably through peaceful dialogue, irrespective of their political affiliation or any other differences that will enderanc the peace accord,all those who enemies of peace ? must cooperates for the benefit of innocent civilians

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    • 18 October 2017 08:37, by Isaac

      Hey, you mean after fully implementing the ’DINKA MASTER DEVELOPMENT PLAN (Dinkanisation)’that you people can let peace prevail in south Sudan?

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  • 17 October 2017 17:29, by Nuer Bul

    We welcome your decision as President even if citizens are against your leadership.

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