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Washington Post calls on U.S. to mull over "fresh start" in South Sudan


SPLA soldiers walk within families displaced in recent fighting camping at the Anglican church compound in Juba, July 12, 2016. (Reuters Photo)
October 20, 2017 (WASHINGTON) - The Washington Post has called on the administration of President Trump to consider a new approach for the solution of the four-year crisis in South Sudan.

The call comes as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley this month will pay a visit to South Sudan within a regional tour including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

In an editorial published on Friday, the Washington Post agrees with the UN officials that the South Sudanese conflict is a man-made crisis for which its leaders bear a direct responsibility.

However, it disagrees with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the head of UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), who told the Security Council last week that “The same leaders responsible for the conflict can also bring the country back from the impending abyss”.

"Ms Haley might consider reaching out to a younger generation of more technocratic leaders who are fed up with the failures of their elders," reads the opinion paper libelled ’It’s time for the U.S. to make a fresh start in South Sudan’.

"The United States cannot forsake a people caught in the grip of misery; it must begin to look beyond the men who made this awful mess, including Mr Kiir," it further added.

Over four million South Sudanese have been displaced from their areas and continue to flee to other areas or outside the country despite the signing of a peace agreement in August 2015 between the warring parties as a result of the continued war in the troubled country.

The cessation of hostilities and humanitarian access to civilians are seen as urgent steps the regional and international community seek to convince the parties to implement.

" The administration should also press Egypt, Uganda and Ukraine to stop the flow of arms to South Sudan," suggested the editorial to achieve these goals.

In a meeting with the African leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York last month, President Donald Trump told African leaders he was "deeply disturbed by the ongoing violence in South Sudan and in the Congo" but said peace and prosperity would come through an African-led process.

The Washington Post also didn’t stop at the IGAD-led revitalization process which is designed to revive the implementation of the peace agreement and to ensure the end of the war.

Last September, Haley told the Security Council that the regional effort was the "last chance" for peace in South Sudan.

Washington in the past proposed twice to impose UN sanctions on the South Sudanese officials, the Security Council didn’t endorse it.


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  • 21 October 2017 09:34, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    It is interesting that such an esteemed newspaper has come up with the real diagnosis and prognosis of the war that has caused man-made catastrophe to millions of innocent people of South Sudan. South Sudan as a country came into being by the diplomatic and international effort of the western world coupled with the armed resistance by South Sudanese against forced Arabism and islamism —To continu

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    • 21 October 2017 09:46, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      in the then Sudan under islamic zealots who believed in using violence in disseminating their notion about national identity and religion with the use of military power of the state. It is however sad that having had to go through that pain, the present leaders of South Sudan have adopted violence strategy of Jallabas to entrench Dinkaism in country in the place of Arabism ---To continue

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      • 21 October 2017 10:00, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        and their style is far more brutal than those of Jallaba soldiers. South Sudan has been falsely portrayed to be Dinka land. So anything South Sudanese is falsely claimed to be dinka. They can forcefully settle anywhere illegally. They can graze their cattle in the farms of people who depend on agriculture for livelihood. There is no rule of law in the country. Those who can run the —To continue.

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        • 21 October 2017 10:09, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          country well are bared out of the exercise. Basically the Gun is the ruler of the country. Divergent political opinions are not tolerated. Political opponents are violently eliminated. Imagine a country without freedom of speech, association and press to claim it is democratic. All economic, security, defence and legal institutions dominated by Dinka. —To continue

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          • 21 October 2017 10:14, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

            A one tribe out of 63 tribes of the country. Is this not injustice of the tallest order? Something must be done done now to stop this madness!! We have the might and intelligence to do this. We only need sacrifice and determination exemplified by Abucha. God bless you Abucha. certainly good will triumph over evil and God is behind you.

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      • 21 October 2017 22:09, by garrak1520

        Washington has to be more involved but the people of South Sudan must take the lead to get those incapable leaders who believe solely on tribe to force themselves to power. Kiir, Machar,Taban must go to allow capable people to take over. South Sudan has what it takes to be a country. Country, because Kiir never considers South Sudan as a country but as a personal possession. Time to go.

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  • 21 October 2017 10:07, by Wutkhor

    Jur likanga.
    U heat it all brother, the Dinka’s led government brutality on our innocents pples did never happen in Sudan civil war, I can tell you that our northern Sudan Arabs were much far better than this animals Dinka’s..

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  • 21 October 2017 14:43, by Fair Man

    Now that you realized your mistakes. Sideline both Kiir and Riek and equip political parties, mobilize youth in discontentment with the current and past thugs, both in Government and rebels of Riek. I believe all youth are ready to rally behind Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka to wipe out wrong elements. The recent in Yei is the start. Bring firearms and ammos and job get done for peace!!

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    • 22 October 2017 01:05, by The Rhino

      Fair Man,
      Washington owes Museveni deeds,b’cos he/Museveni fights and keeps an eye on Al Shabaab in Somalia, same as Kenyatta of Kenya.They are watching and tracking terrorists activities across East Africa—which is not bad actually.But here comes the thing...Museveni brain-fucks this foolish illiterate dinka/jienge Kiir and his entire JCE at the costs of South Sudanese.Time and time we’ve...

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      • 22 October 2017 01:17, by The Rhino

        ..witnessed grand theft at the office of this tribal president.Dinka/jienge people have been stealing huge sum of state’s money directly in front of this farm boy Kiir.Now where do you think all these money is going to?Of course—dark channels. Many South Sudanese are caged and dangled within and outside South Sudan b’cos of these animals,the dinkas/jienges who truly have betrayed them.

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        • 22 October 2017 01:25, by The Rhino

          Its time for Mr.Museveni to start building strategic partnership with the Equatorians. Perpetual and mutual bond that is based on brotherhood and same vision,since both populations share same tribes,culture and understanding to certain degree.This also implies to Kenya.The economies of these countries can prosper if there’s an unshaken cohesion among these common people.Both Uganda and Kenya can..

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          • 22 October 2017 01:35, by The Rhino

            ...be assured that the well being of their people in our boundaries,is a priority just as the well being of Equatorians in their territories, and indeed its time for a FRESH START!

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  • 22 October 2017 06:32, by William

    You guys are celebrating here about America to over throw Kiir government. But America government or American people know what they are doing. America always fight for the interest as a nation but not individuals like you South Sudanese. Your aim and the America toward South Sudan is totally different.

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    • 22 October 2017 06:48, by William

      The language you use doesn’t interest America to be allies with you. Now you are talking about tribe such as Dinka gov’t while America is talking about help South Sudanese people. What I understand here is that America will never go to over throw Kiir government and you will never have peace according to your language you always use. America knows how to get its interest not through you.

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      • 22 October 2017 14:07, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


        Wait and see before you comment. From the rhetoric of the present leaders in USA, one can see light in the tunnel. This is Republican Party in power that are people of integrity. They brought the country into being and they would like see it succeed. However the change in South Sudan will be evolutionary.

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        • 23 October 2017 06:31, by William

          Jur, you suppose to brief me with a points, reasons why US government interest to change South Sudan government by force. Otherwise, I know why US govt can’t. You South Sudanese have to make peace by yourselves. The world never bring peace because the world is benefit from your war. rely on other countries to bring peace for you means lasting war in South.

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