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S. Sudanese opposition leaders in US for peace mobilization

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October 18, 2017 (JUBA) – Leaders of the various South Sudanese opposition factions are in the United States to rally for support for peace, days after the regional bloc (IGAD) released the peace revitalization forum timetable.

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Lam Akol, chairman of South Sudan’s main opposition party (AFP/Samir Bol Photo)

Those in the US include the National Democratic Movement (NDM) party leader, Lam Akol, the chairperson of the National Salvation Front (NSF) General Thomas Cirilo Swaka and leader of the Federal Democratic Party (FDP), Gabriel Changson Chang.

“The mission is about peace. We are hoping to meet officials in the US government, especially the new administration, members of the congress, senators the UN officials, academics, members of the civil society organizations , churches and any other peace loving persons to stand with the people of South Sudan,” an opposition figure accompanying the leaders told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

He added, “This is the country which came to being because of the efforts and role played by the United States, the United Nations and indeed the international community at large”.

The leaders, according to the source, left their different locations in South Sudan and elsewhere in the region for the US on Tuesday and were received, upon arrival, by the representatives of their factions.

A South Sudanese government representative in the US said he heard of the presence of the opposition leaders, but did not have any information on the purpose of their mission in the country.

“Yes I heard the delegation of opposition groups composed of Lam Akol, Thomas Cirilo and Gabriel Changson arrived in New York on Tuesday and will proceed to Washington on Friday,” the official said.

In June, a summit of IGAD heads of state and government decided that meeting of the signatories of the South Sudan peace agreement to discuss ways to revitalize the peace implementation be convened. At the summit, it was agreed that all groups be included in discussions 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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  • 19 October 2017 07:02, by Eyez

    That’s a right strategy to undertake at this crucial time, because the International Community needs to be informed of the current situation in South Sudan.
    Kiir and the crooked JCE has bribed most Regional leaders with looted blood-petro-dollars so that they can turn a blind eye to the atrocities that the Jienge government is committing against the other tribes.

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  • 19 October 2017 07:13, by gakthon

    These more rebels will not bring peace to SS. They go every where to disseminate the wrong messages n confuse the world. The whole world doesn’t know what is exactly the problem of ss n how it can solved becoz these rebels have different problems n objectives, which this revitalization will not addresses at one, becoz revit concerns only with the which peace signed btw gov n io, therefore to put

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  • 19 October 2017 07:41, by Eastern

    A South Sudanese government representative in the US said he heard of the presence of the opposition leaders, but did not have any information on the purpose of their mission in the country. Kiir and cohorts are in panic mode..!

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    • 19 October 2017 08:58, by South South

      Eastern,

      You are really very weak person. Visiting USA by a few people in South Sudan will not change power on the ground. You see what I say all the time, you are coward and you think international community will fight for you. We are waiting and anyone in South Sudan who wants peace MUST talk to us.

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      • 19 October 2017 09:47, by Eastern

        South South,

        Kiir’s emissaries in the US have better thinks to worry about: rent, food, transport, etc. Why can’t they ignore the presence of those "few people" who don’t matter at all in South Sudan. Kiir’s panicking ahead of the revitalisation, IGAD consulting with Machar, etc....

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        • 19 October 2017 12:36, by South South

          Eastern,

          A few people visit USA, Oh USA will give us power. Reik met with IGAD leaders, oh he will be a president of South Sudan. IGAD put REVITALISATION, oh Kiir’s panicking. Weak man, we are holding power, go anywhere but you will come back to us with your head down.

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      • 19 October 2017 12:10, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        South South,

        The matter is simple and clear. First is to let the world know how treacherous, murderous you are together with your government. Then the world closes the flow of weapons and dollars through the sale of our oil and if needs be, strengthen the military might of opposition so that political power balanced is tilted to opposition fighters advantage then sense can enter your thick skulls

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        • 19 October 2017 12:38, by South South

          jur_likang_a_ likan’g,

          Wait for international community for 1000000 years to do that for you. We are moving ahead with country, period.

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      • 19 October 2017 12:27, by Jongo

        South South why u r talking like that looks like u r enjoying life in Equatoria u stupid soon you’l join your dirty jenge in your luaks find your relatives who badly seeking peace ding of hunger & disease we r ok our kids go to schools,patients has care people eat drink clean food & water. Now who talk to who you idiot dirty big mouth Arian Jenge

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        • 19 October 2017 12:40, by South South

          Jongo,

          Monkey and rat hunter, what do you want to say?

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          • 20 October 2017 00:12, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

            South South,

            Jongo is a MTN hunter.

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          • 20 October 2017 00:12, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

            South South,

            Jongo is a MTN hunter.

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  • 19 October 2017 08:15, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    The problem in South Sudan is not that the people needed the peace accord.But the conditions those interest groups put is very comprehend.Peace is peace and it shouldn’t be contradicted with unnecessary demand, we all want peace and stability of the South

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  • 19 October 2017 12:11, by DKOne

    Who ever believes Dr. Lam Akol, General Thomas Cirilo and Gabriel Changson Chang will bring peace to South Sudan is mistaken.
    think again.

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  • 19 October 2017 13:11, by Lotole Lo Luri

    This is a good chance for the opposition to enlighten the UN,USA and the whole world about the state of affairs in South Sudan. Most importantly, the erroneous perception in the West that one tribe constitute the majority of the population would be exposed.

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    • 19 October 2017 15:19, by Redeemer

      If those leaders can agree and come together with Riek and than approach Kiir on the ground of building their own people and country peacefully and forget about west bring peace the war they themselves are fighting. that channel was tried by G10 but it didn’t work

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      • 19 October 2017 15:29, by Redeemer

        If they were for a genuine peace, they would have started the mobilization in Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia where the war affected families are. they are lobbying for the creation of more seats in the revitalization of 2015 peace to a accommodate them.

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