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South Sudan renews commitment to restore permanent ceasefire

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October 18, 2017 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has renewed its earlier commitment to restore a permanent ceasefire in the war-torn nation.

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President Salva Kiir addresses the nation from the State House on September 15, 2015, in Juba (Photo AFP/Charles Atiki Lomodong)

The foreign affairs spokesperson, Mawien Makol said government remains committed to the restoration of permanent ceasefire amid ongoing High-Level Revitalization consultation by members of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

"The government is fully committed to restoration of the permanent ceasefire; we are also committed to implementation of the 2015 peace agreement,” he said on Wednesday.

The United Nations Under-Secretary General of Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, told the UN Security Council on Tuesday, that the South Sudan’s government was not fully committed to the IGAD-led peace revitalization process to end its civil war.

The political will to halt military operations and peaceful negotiations, he said, were necessary to achieve sustainable peace in war-torn South Sudan.

But Makol insisted that the accusations labeled against the Juba government were “unfair”, adding, “We are doing what we can on this revitalization process”.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has pledged his unconditional support to the peace revitalization forum, saying a national dialogue was the only way to end the ongoing civil war in the world’s youngest nation.

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 the discussion aimed at restoring a permanent ceasefire.

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.

A peace deal signed in August 2015 between the rival leaders following months of intense negotiations led to the formation of a transitional national unity government in April 2016, but this again faltered after renewed violence broke out in July 2016.

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 06:40, by Newsudan

    "Kiir nyal Dieng" as popular known by our cousins Nuer, Nuer elders call him that way to mean Kiir of tiger- like colour, that has marched present day Kiir Mayardit Tiger division.implicated in outbreak of war in Juba 2013.
    there will be no rest until....

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    • 19 October 07:38, by Sunday Junup

      Newsudan,
      For the first time to acknowledge Nuer prophet. Kiir Nyal Dieng bi mac de luuk (Kiir with tiger color will burn the whole SS). Wait remain only your area which will be next year. 2013-2014 for great upper Nile, 2016-17 for great Equatoria and 2018 - 2019 for greater Bargezahal. Dr.Riak is coming back and his coming will take the war to your area.

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      • 19 October 07:55, by Newsudan

        Sunday Junup
        As far as prophecy is concerned, Kiir Mayardit fate maybe divine intervention, foreign influence or war.but not within South Sudan, where he has caused death of tens of thousands of southerners

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    • 19 October 07:40, by Midit Mitot

      Salva Kiir ceasefire is always opposite, there will be more offensive since he renew this.

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      • 19 October 07:58, by DO IT

        Salva Kiir groups will attack IO in few days as that idiot opened on ceasefires. Be prepared for another showdown

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    • 19 October 07:40, by Jongo

      Newsudan, Speak or Write English please Nobody can understand your point

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  • 19 October 07:14, by Naath

    The Dinka tribal gangs leader Kiir does not have words of peace in his vocabularies. Whenever the word peace appears in his vocabularies, it was a mistake or someone else has written it unknowingly. Kiir is the most foolish tribal leader on the planet.

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    • 19 October 07:46, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Southerners let’s learn to appreciated one another and to accept each other. when did President Kiir become tribal leader? Are you not the very people who elected him into that role you know rejected him like Peter of the Bible with Jesus Christ.You will one day one time regretted when Kiir step down & when someone keep with his/her true colours unlike others leaders in Africa

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  • 19 October 07:47, by Eastern

    "South Sudan President Salva Kiir has pledged his unconditional support to the peace revitalization forum, saying a national dialogue was the only way to end the ongoing civil war in the world’s youngest nation" Kiir still INSISTS HIS NATIONAL DIALOGUE IS THE ONLY WAY. South Sudan has been held hostage by this PSYCHOPATH....

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    • 19 October 09:12, by South South

      Eastern,

      Stupid, revitalization forum= National Dialogue. Any peace to come in South Sudan among different factions will be through dialogue. Wicked people like you think revitalization forum means to give you power in South Sudan, what the wicked people in South Sudan we are dealing with!!!!!

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      • 19 October 09:42, by Eastern

        South South,

        Get this in your thick skull; the revitalisation forum WILL INVOLVE SOME NEGOTIATIONS. If your tribal regime here in Juba, becomes obstinate, that will be the end of the forum. Some few sellouts will go back to Juba and those you may wish to call by any name will go back to the bushes of South Sudan and the country goes back to situation ante...

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        • 19 October 12:27, by South South

          Eastern,

          Acknowledgement is the sign of strengths and I am so glad you know now that you are weak and equal nothing to us. Go back to bushes, the only place for you or you can join your uncles are refugee camps or stay where you are now, DIASPORA.

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      • 19 October 10:07, by Newsudan

        Eastern
        and Kiir - Riek Govt= war,period. or are you ready for another round of J1 fight in Juba,

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  • 19 October 08:15, by Naath

    Don-Don Malith Rual,

    What are you smoking on really that prompted you to deny that Kiir is a man who practices tribalism, turned the national army a tribal military, massacred civilians based on tribal affiliation? Is it not Kiir who ordered the disarmament of Nuer in the army in December 2013? Is it not Kiir who ordered the mass murdered of Nuer civilians in Juba?

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    • 19 October 08:29, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Naath: We should not dwelt our arguments on ear says, as an academician you need to put your findings based on proof of research/evidence and not alternative facts. However, I can agree with you in the line that all these things happened in his leadership and there are people who were spear heading that.

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      • 19 October 11:02, by Sunday Junup

        Don-Don Malith Rual,
        You need proof right? on 16/12/2013, at 3:10PM 1.Kiir appear on SSTV with military uniform. 2. Without any proof he said, we will find crimnals home to home and bring them to book. 3.Curfew was declared from 4:00PM to 7:00AM. Tell me if you needs more proof? from there Gwelweng start Massacre Nuer tribe from house to house up to 20/12/2013.

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        • 19 October 16:04, by Don-Don Malith Rual

          Sunday Junub:I thought 💭 your name Junub say it all,to be honest with you,firstly wearing a military uniform doesn’t means that you re in the field fighting, secondly as I mentioned in my previous comments the war was between President elect Kiir & his counterparts Dr Riak, just as the fire 🔥 start burning from (Manh ee nuor) in the front yards then escalating to the garden! This was what have h

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          • 19 October 16:08, by Don-Don Malith Rual

            Sunday Junub +Naath This was what have had happened in South Sudan but if you guys have the evidence then no probs we shall
            Take them to ICC all of them ( acin Manh nyinde) 🌕 believe me not!

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  • 19 October 08:18, by Naath

    Was it not Kiir’s tribal militia that burned civilians alive in Yei? Is it not Kiir’s military that looted Equatorians property?

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  • 19 October 08:43, by Naath

    Don-Don Malith Rual,

    Please be realistic, the killings that happened elsewhere in South Sudan do not just happened in Kiir’s leadership but has planned for them. Do you think Kiir did not plan the Nuer massacred in Juba in December 2013? Is he not kiir who planned to train private army with the intention to mass murder Nuer in Juba when graduated?

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  • 19 October 09:02, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Naath:You can give it a noun but Some people called it change of regime others called it Massacre like yourself others called it Attempted Coup, Nuer vs Dinka and so forth but the reality is that the problems was that no one wanted to be put in between buttock, struggle for leadership that has killed thousands of innocents civilians

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  • 19 October 10:28, by John Wetjunub

    Criminals are criminals and they should be treated as criminals because they don’t understand the word peace that Kiirdit is trying hard to bring them in the system, yet they are refusing to accept peace and they prepare for more wars which they failed for almost five years now. what do you expect from kiirdit ya militias.

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  • 19 October 11:31, by Tommy

    Permanent ceasefire, nobody can trust your Cowardice words, your have no commitment since day one. it’s always opposite that mean the war is almost to start rather then peace talk.

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  • 19 October 12:18, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Is there anything new this guy has not said and failed to honor his words? How different will he be this time? Perhaps this time will be different because the USA political party that effected the being of South Sudan is now on their throats!! It remains to be seen what next they will do however never trust any JCE member or Salva Kiir. Salva has no integrity.

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  • 19 October 12:26, by Lotole Lo Luri

    "We are also committed to implementation of the 2015 peace agreement."
    Looks like Kiir’s serious reservations regarding ARCSS,have vanished. Are we witnessing the pathetic "President" finally coming to his senses with his tail between his legs?

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    • 19 October 16:20, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Lotole Look luri: He who doesn’t have three legs is not a true
      👨 man! it depends on what you meant by tail short or long but that is not important, what is significant is how we should achieved our genuine peace ? though there are anemies of peace we shall defeat them by all means and life had to continue a head in ?

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  • 19 October 19:54, by Fair Man

    Idiots!!!!
    Americans are the master minders of massacres of South Sudanese in 2013 to date yet they are playing dirty games of providing humanitarian reliefs. No other country can guarantee the safety of Kiir and his stooges than the USAID. I think they want to use stupid Kiir, given his illiteracy to fulfill their wills. But shortly, they will run short of agenda. We strictly needs weapons.

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  • 19 October 20:09, by Fair Man

    STUPID JIENGES LIKE LOST DINKA-DEFENDER GENERAL(MALONG GROUP)
    Dinka are the most stupid thinking that when our poor comrades drive their XXXX--------- Vehicles, that that’s intelligence or when idiotic man and blood sucker Paul Akol ..etc of so-called National/Negative Security Service, than all is fine. But guys, we are here in Lou Clinic, Mia Saba, Shirkat, Jebel Dinka, Juba Nabari to fk u.

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