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Juba gave "lukewarm response" to peace revitalization process: UN official


President Salva Kiir pose with the IGAD FM after a meeting held at the South Sudanese presidency in Juba on 13 Oct 2017 (ST Photo)
October 17, 2017 (WASHINGTON) - South Sudanese government is unenthusiastic for the IGAD revitalization process as a means to end the four-year war and implement reforms in the troubled country, UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday.

"With regard to the Revitalization Forum announced by IGAD, the government has only given a lukewarm response," Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), said in a monthly briefing about the situation in South Sudan.

The IGAD Council of Ministers led by Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu organised recently a series of meetings with the opposition and civil society groups in Khartoum and he personally and the Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour met with the main opposition SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar in South African to convince him to join the Forum on 4 October.

All the Council’s foreign ministers met with the President Salva Kiir and his first deputy Taban Deng Gai on 13 October get their support to the process which accepted by the opposition groups.

Lacroix told the 15-member body that Kiir and Taban "reportedly committed to support the Forum, while asking a series of clarifications on its objectives that IGAD agreed to address in writing".

However, the French diplomat clearly said he believes that the South Sudanese government is mainly interested in the national dialogue process.

"In my view, Juba remains focused on the National Dialogue process as a vehicle to move the process towards elections with an overall aim to end the transition period," he said.

He further explained the opposition "unwillingness" to join the internal political process saying "because of the concurrent SPLA military operations, the credibility of the process remains in question".

The head of the peacekeeping operations said the security situation in South Sudan remains a cause for serious concern. He pointed to the ongoing clashes in the north-eastern part of the country, the Greater Upper Nile and Northern Jolglei as well as in the Greater Equatoria.

Also, he disclosed that the South Sudanese authorities continue to restrict UNMISS’ freedom of movement, preventing the mission from fulfilling its mandate which the protection of civilians and the humanitarian aid workers. He directed the same accusation to the rebel groups.

"I would, therefore, strongly urge the Security Council to pronounce itself highlighting that continued SOFA violations by the government and restrictions imposed by opposition forces are both a cause for grave concern," he said.

In his briefing, Lacroix, updated the Security Council on the deployment of the Regional Protection Force (RPF) to the country and indicated progress in several areas of the operation.

"We expect the main body of the Rwandan infantry battalion to complete its deployment in November. The Ethiopian battalion advance party has started arriving in Juba and its deployment is expected to be completed by 20 October," he added.


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  • 18 October 2017 06:54, by Midit Mitot

    Shit! you IGAD are the ones keeping this rubbish government on power since it had already lost legitimacy, don,t you know since then Juba government does not see and hear things?

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  • 18 October 2017 06:59, by Eastern

    The conflict in South Sudan always has Kiir at the eye of the storm...Diplomats, UN officials,etc keep skirting the issue but Kiir and cohorts have this false sense of entitlement that South Sudan is their product and they can run it the way they deem fit. This is the main point of departure from what the masses believe in...

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    • 18 October 2017 07:59, by Newsudan

      IGAD led peace will never bring an end to war in south Sudan becos, they only wanted to negotiate for Riek reinstate as FVP that will never be accepted by Juba Govt, impossible dream. Dr Risky should be made as Adok Fvp chief elder or Leer Sultan.Others armed groups: Olony, Cirillo, Gatdet,Bakassoro,Al Bagi will be included in transition govt.

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      • 18 October 2017 08:05, by Eastern


        Very good. Machar was chased out of South Sudan last July paving way for the Kiir-Taban alliance to implement peace. Now, what’s this peace revitalisation hullabaloo all about..? Machar is in distant South Africa. It’s the Juba regime freaking out after waging a war that’s killing the economy. National dialogue here, SPLM reunification there, etc. Kiir is simply restless.

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        • 18 October 2017 09:51, by jubaone

          The Rev Forum will fail, bcoz the jienge republic rather opts for the luaktrash ND which is worthless. The way ahead is the opposition has a choice of one: fight. Now the whole world knows the recalcitrant and belligerent kiirminal. You don’t negotiate with dictators, they are removed by force: Sadam Husein, Gadafi, Mubarak, Laurent Bagbo, Charles Taylor. The opposition needs the hardware

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          • 18 October 2017 10:12, by Newsudan

            ya nyamnyam, which hardware, who would used them,cowards Equatorians,who never dare military installation but civilians vehicles, I only know two lions in south Sudan:Dinka and Nuer.

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            • 18 October 2017 11:03, by jubaone

              Aryan jienge Newsudan
              If you are begging for food, go and work you lazy tailless monkey. Dont just wait for loot under the guise of unknown gunmen. in Juba along the streets of Hai Cinema, most jienge beggars are shouting "nyam nyam" getsiculating and asking for food. We tell them, go back to jiengeland and cultivate, there is NO war there, why beg here?

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              • 18 October 2017 12:21, by Newsudan

                walai Nyamnyam, you are shouting like headless chicken. Equatorians are known cowards, during the start of 1983: Three sections of Dinka: Bor,Twi n Duk were able to master 13000 Koryoms( Jarad).when most of you were in Juba,Especially Baria that result of Juba massacre in 1992: during SPLA " operation Jungle Storm"OJS.Jellaba reprisals on Baria were harsh after SPLA fail assault, if you

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                • 18 October 2017 12:41, by Newsudan

                  were brave,you would not have chose to remained in Juba,later Thomas Cirillo defected after seeing worse massacre in Juba 1992.it is belief that out of 2m death toll of 2nd civil war, half of it were Dinka due to war on several Fronts, SAF and several Khartoum sponsored militias: Muraleens,EDF,SSIM, SSDF,PDF etc.by then SPLA was seen as Dinka movement.

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                • 18 October 2017 14:24, by jubaone

                  Did you say jienge Bor with katiba Jarad? Oh! how do explain the flight of all jienges from Bor during 1991? Why could the mighty Jarad NOT withstand Riak and the White Army? Why did the have to flee to Equatoria others straight to Kakuma? What happened when Katiba Shakoush started the operations that saw the recapture of many areas in Equatoria after most jienges had fled?

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                  • 18 October 2017 15:10, by Newsudan

                    by early 1993,SPLA Koryoms (Jarad) led by Kuol,Biorathout and Athor counter attack again SSIA ( Riek forces)that culminated in fall of Ayod,uror,Nyirol,Waat and others,yes there was massacre in Bor by 1991.Dr Garang has to divert Koryoms (Jarad) forces around Juba to fight Riek SSIM.

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                • 18 October 2017 14:30, by jubaone

                  Even with the mighty jienges, no tangible development or effects can be felt in jiengeland. Did you fight to come and squat, beg for nyam nyam in Juba? So why are your starving relatives dying like flies cos of hunger? What has the liberation brought your jienges other than stealing, looting and killing yourselves like wild savages? Nothing.

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                  • 18 October 2017 14:35, by jubaone

                    It is sad, that Equatorians have tolerated this jienge nonsense for too Long. We must now act.
                    1. Jienges to take the capital city to their areas
                    2. Equatorians to establish their own state
                    3. Start massive campaigns legally or forcefully to throw out all jienges from Equatoria

                    The simple Murles have made it. And Equatorians will do it best this time. Starting from Nimule to Juba

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            • 18 October 2017 17:22, by jubaone

              Aryan jienge Newsydan,
              Jienge nyors go killing innocent civilians, stealing chicken 🍗 and goats and so our fighters must snap them as they try to run 🏃 away with stolen goods. We shall keep them engaged on all highways to and out of Juba like what is happening on Juba Nimule road. Killing tailless monkeys us not a problem, they are bushmeat.

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              • 18 October 2017 17:27, by Newsudan

                then call yourself terrorists fullstop,

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            • 18 October 2017 23:52, by Equatoria Koko


              When the lions of Equatoria started the war for independence, your folks were walking naked and throwing spears at each other. Indeed, they are still doing the same thing.

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        • 18 October 2017 10:07, by Newsudan

          ask IGAD not me,what do the mean by revitalization, Dr Risky is parked in SA,as we speak,Cancer is slowly working on him.

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          • 18 October 2017 11:05, by jubaone

            You sold youe Abyei to your Messiriya and Muraheleen master for buckets of dura and let most of your women married off and now you Claim to be SS. Hopeless bastard. Go liberate Abyei instead of begging and asking for "nyam nyam" or Food. Lazy loser.

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          • 18 October 2017 11:14, by jubaone

            I am NOT interested in this junk IGAD Rev Forum. Jienges have now been stopped from fighting and only concentrated themselves in Upper Nile bcoz the nyagateen are doing it. We need a full-blown Somalia that MUST be brought closer to Juba. This means the RPF must be withdrawn and lets fight it alone. period. Jienges are like animals they act and react and cant talk.

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    • 18 October 2017 09:21, by South South


      Of course the entitlement of South Sudan belongs to us, no question there and we will run it any way we want. Our blood shed gave us that power as South Sudanese. All South Sudanese are welcomed to contribute to their country equally. Remember where you hear it first. To have a country, you MUST have a strong army to be respected. USA and China are very well respected, do you know why?

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      • 18 October 2017 09:25, by South South


        Any shit talk about Kiir leaving power will be met with drones, jet fighters, surveillance cameras and SPLA. I am speaking from the position of the power, you like it, take it as it’s, you don’t like it move away from South Sudan.

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  • 18 October 2017 07:07, by Khent

    Of course it did... it’s a ’government’ led by callous, warmongering psychopaths. I was aghast and saddened by the somber and terrible poverty and misery I encountered when I visited South Sudan last year.

    Salva and his cronies are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands and for the suffering, pain, hunger and deprivation of millions of our people.

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    • 18 October 2017 11:20, by jubaone

      That is only a mild picture of the real situation in the country. Have you been upcountry in the contested areas of Maridi, Kaya etc? what about in the areas purported to be controlled by the kiirminal? Have you seen the destitution in areas of Gok Machar, from Wunrok enroute to Abyei and between Marialbai and Gokrial?

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      • 18 October 2017 11:43, by South South

        Stop talking nonsense like a small child. We are waiting on the ground. This is very simple like 1 2 3 4.

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        • 18 October 2017 14:26, by jubaone

          South South,
          That is what I want, we shall NOT talk let us meet, you kill me fine. But if not, I kill you and defecate into your jienge mouth, then it is over.

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    • 19 October 2017 04:52, by Kuch

      You are just another idiot living thousands of miles away "throwing stones from a glass house" with no shred of clue of what is exactly happening on the ground. "It’s a government led by callous, warmongering psychopaths" Give us an evidence Mr. Khent. The government has done everything since your Riek Machar & his other foreign Puppets/stooges like Pagan Amuom, majak Agoot>>>>

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      • 19 October 2017 04:59, by Kuch

        Taban Deng Gai and others staged a coup that was foiled on the 15/12/2013. On the directives of the US, the UK, the UN & some of their other criminals in between that want to destroy our country & at all costs simply because. They are not able to micro-manage our country in Washington, Wall Street, London, Brussels, Dubai, Adis Ababa, Johannesburg, Nairobi or some of their other shady capitals>>>

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        • 19 October 2017 05:07, by Kuch

          that the hyenas sponsoring the war in our country bank their loots in. Mr Khent, if you are truly honest to your self, then you should not even have some guts to squarely apposition the blame of your so-called warmongering on the government while leaving the idiots like Majak Agoot, Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, Thomas Cirilo, Riek Machar and other foreign puppets/stooges being currently held>>>

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          • 19 October 2017 05:14, by Kuch

            hostage by the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOS & some idiots in the our so-called IGAD countries like North Sudan, ethiopia, Kenya as their bargaining chips to blackmail the government of South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. What is this so-called "revitalization forum" Mr. Khent? Nothing it is just a piece of rubbish by foreign countries like the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & countries>

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            • 19 October 2017 05:22, by Kuch

              like North Sudan, ethiopia or Kenya to bargain their into our country so that that they can come & plunder it like what they are currently doing in DRC, Central Africa republic (CAR), Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria & their other countries. Read this link from Mr. Steve:http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article63674 And may understand the foreign evils holding our country & our people at ransom

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              • 19 October 2017 05:29, by Kuch

                >>> Your US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some criminals in our damn so-called IGAD countries are the ones toying around with our country & our people if you don’t know, but l know where come from Mr. Khent. Riek Machar & his allies aimless armed rebellion has been crushed on the ground. But the US, the UK, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between are the ones>>>

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                • 19 October 2017 05:39, by Kuch

                  that are still keeping it alive on their damn online foreign tabloids like SUDAN TRIBUNE, RADIO TAMAZUJ & other foreign online corporate America or European propaganda machines----this is because to simply use our country & our people as their Geo-political chess game or football like what they are currently doing in DRC & have done in CAR, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine & other>>

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                  • 19 October 2017 05:44, by Kuch

                    countries---a cold-like-part two & they are hoping that our country & our people would be re-united with our arch enemy on earth---their so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan just like they did with their then East & West Germany during their then cold war. But the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & of some other creepy allies in between are playing with fire>>>

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                    • 19 October 2017 05:50, by Kuch

                      Hey Mr. Khent, who is keeping the criminals like Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirilo or Mr. Bokasoro in foreign countries? No one, but their foreign overloads & they are using them as their bargain chips & blackmails to South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. Mr. Khent & other idiots in foreign countries who do not know the dirtiest game the corporate America>>>

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  • 18 October 2017 13:09, by Tommy

    Damp on IGAD, they turn all process of peace as a business agenda.Damp you

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  • 18 October 2017 18:19, by lino

    HAHAHAHA! South Sudan has now becomes real South Sudan as it was named before Independent Day!!!
    My God what foolish leaders we have?! When the North was calling it "South Sudan Problem and you were plunging your ears not to hear that...Now do you hear or still def?! It is Moushikilt el Junub!!! Period.
    Jesus said if you can clean you own heart, how comes you are suggesting to others to do theirs!

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    • 18 October 2017 18:29, by lino

      Note: President Kiir is my own uncle I assumed but having differences in views about running the country shouldn’t affect that relation, but unfortunately in South Sudan it does.
      Gen. Kiir has made a mistake of his life time when he hand power to Bashir’s Boys who are in fact South Sudanese who were collaborating with all governments of the day in Old Sudan. This advisers brought his legacy down!!

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      • 18 October 2017 18:37, by lino

        If I am him, I will save what is left convene an Extra SPLM/A Meeting attended only by those senior offices who were in the bush with him from the period of 1983-2005 if they are still alive, and hand power to them peacefully.
        I know this period will include everyone arguing in the political scene. This country is collapsing flocks.

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    • 18 October 2017 18:40, by lino

      Correction: "Jesus said: If you can not clean your own heart....."

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    • 18 October 2017 19:00, by South South


      You are dancing around, if you have nothing to say, shut up and keep it for yourself weak man.

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      • 18 October 2017 22:27, by lino

        Look at this stupid ever called himself South!!! Did I excluded you out, any uncle of yours, or any other relatives from tasting power?!!
        I think you’re one of the beneficiary of this regime; you or a relative may have been one of Bashir’s Boys.
        What is wrong with the suggestion? It only wrong when is collide with your interests.
        Keep dancing around issues till all of you become refugees forever

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      • 18 October 2017 22:39, by lino

        If you are still ignorant about what is going on, in 2014 another uncle: Edward Lino Abyei wrote an open letter to Gen. Kiir advising him to come clear to the public and tell them what went wrong and get rid of these problematic advisers; the same thing said 2 weeks ago by His Grace Deng Bul. Who is dancing here? Do u know what you are say!!!

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