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Time for action, U.S diplomat tells South Sudan president


October 25, 2017 (JUBA) - The visiting United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley on Wednesday said it was time for South Sudan president Salva Kiir to act, not talk, if the civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people in the young nation is to end.

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US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (L) looks on as she meets President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir at The President Office in Juba on October 25, 2017 (AFP)

“What I told him [Kiir] was that the United States does not want to hear a lot of talks. I was not to listen what he wants to say. I was here to say the United States is at a cross point. It not about the talks, it’s about the action. We have to see a willingness of the Government and the military to stop the violence and stop the abuses that are happening in the country," Haley remarked.

While in Juba, however, Haley had what she described as a “very frank” conversation with President Kiir about the lack of progress towards peace since civil war broke out almost four years ago.

The senior US diplomat said Washington, particularly under the new Donald Trump administration, would not accept to wait anymore.

“We have lost trust in this [Kiir] government and we now need to regain that trust. The only way to regain that trust is through the actions of taking care of all of the people. President Kiir is the president of everyone, not just one tribe, not just one group. In order to be a leader you have to be willing to take care of all of your people,” said Haley.

“Time for action is now, we are not waiting anymore, we need to see a change and we need to see it right away”, she further stated.

While speaking in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on Tuesday, the US official said her government would not abandon the people of South Sudan who have been put a cross point since the president does not does care about the suffering of his people”.

“So first to go back to that you know when you look at South Sudan, you have to really think hard before you pull U.S. aid because President Kiir doesn’t care if we pull U.S. aid. He doesn’t care if his people suffer”, Haley said as a press briefing held after she had discussions with Ethiopia’s prime minister and African Union officials.

“And that is the concern we have as we don’t know that it will make a difference by pulling U.S. aid or not. That is the conversation we will have. And we will try and see exactly what will move President Kiir so that he does take the moral high ground and start to really look at creating a safe position for his people,” she added.

She said President Trump is likely to pile pressure on regional leaders.

“But I think if there is not a response from South Sudan, you will continue to see added pressure coming from the IGAD and I think that the AU obviously is going to continue to move and work with the IGAD as they go forward. Our goal is to have one voice [saying] we have to see peace in South Sudan. We have to see that women are being taken care of. We can’t see any more death. We can’t see any more famine,” further said Haley.

She added, “We’ve got to start seeing the situation get better and I think that the pressure is only going to continue until President Kiir makes the difference in that area”.

Last month, President Trump announced Haley’s visit to Africa during a meeting with African leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York. Haley becomes the highest-ranking US official to visit Africa during the President Trump administration.


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  • 25 October 2017 21:02, by rossbelongstoall

    "President Kiir is the president of everyone, not just one tribe, not just one group".

    The above sums up South Sudan problem.

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    • 25 October 2017 21:56, by jubaone


      You may have to read this once more and rethink your position. The kiirminal is running a jienge republic, by jienges and for jienges. That simple. Unless of course you allude that, jienge is SS and SS is jienge.


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      • 25 October 2017 22:28, by Khent


        It’s abundantly clear to those of us that are capable of thought, analysis, introspection and moral judgement that Salva Kiir and his ’cabinet’ are nothing more than common criminals with power.

        PS: Websites like the one you’ve linked to on your post are rarely ever in line with reality; remember that truth is the first casualty of war.

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        • 26 October 2017 00:22, by Naath

          The Dinka do not have vocabularies of truth in the mouth. If the Dinka have truth in their brain and heart then they should have asked their tribal gangs’ leader Kiir to end the war.

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          • 26 October 2017 00:36, by Khent


            The Nuer are also very deceptive. I have been exposing and refuting countless absolutely inane, laughable and jaw-dropping lies of your tribesmen on this website for a couple of years now. You pretend to oppose tribalism and land theft when in fact the Nuer are actually the biggest offenders in this regard...

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            • 26 October 2017 00:45, by Khent

              ..You have stolen counties that are larger than Lebanon from the Anyuak and the Burun and one area from the Shilluk. I should point out that I’m only referring to the lands you stole from 1983 onwards. This process is still ongoing in Akobo; the Paramount Chief of the Anyuak was murdered by the Nuer in 2013 for opposing Nuer encroachment and land theft...

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              • 26 October 2017 00:54, by Khent

                The Burun have virtually lost all of Longechuk to the Nuer at this point. I have yet to encounter one single member of your tribe with any kind of consistent and honest moral judgement to oppose and condemn this land theft. Your feigned outrage for Dinka land theft in Juba is ineffective precisely because I know what the Dinka & Nuer have done. Stop pretending.

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              • 26 October 2017 05:23, by Newsudan

                Haley is right, peace now and not later

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          • 26 October 2017 05:03, by Nairobimitot

            The United States representatives were delighted to see the President Salva Kiir Mayardit. It was a very productive meeting the one that encourages and inspired our leaders to continue to seek Peace with the people in the Bush. We will find them and make peace with them. Our President was wearing his cowboy’s hat and the American love Cowboy hat very much. They knew that South Sudan is going to succeed in the future as a country.

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      • 25 October 2017 23:39, by rossbelongstoall

        jubaone, we are on the same wavelength here. I do agree with you 100%, maybe my post was not quite clear. Kiir is the problem of South Sudan because he could not and cannot act as a president to all South Sudanese.

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      • 26 October 2017 03:43, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Jubaone, why do you always mix up information? For instance, that invalid secret meeting has nothing to do with this news. When was the secret meeting hold? Who was there? Who gave you this information to news media? What is the credibility of that person who gave the news? I can just tell you that news was propaganda not valid.

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      • 26 October 2017 03:43, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Jubaone, why do you always mix up information? For instance, that invalid secret meeting has nothing to do with this news. When was the secret meeting hold? Who was there? Who gave you this information to news media? What is the credibility of that person who gave the news? I can just tell you that news was propaganda not valid.

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        • 26 October 2017 04:08, by Khent


          The whole piece is nothing but cheap propaganda. Both sides are guilty of this. My biggest problem is with people that can’t [or won’t] recognise this fact.

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        • 26 October 2017 08:20, by jubaone

          Jienge Defeated General,
          Nikki Halley alluded that the Kiirminal was a president for all SS. This link was to debunk this nonsense and point to the tribal leadership this Kiirminal has got the country into. That simple.

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    • 25 October 2017 22:12, by padiit gaga

      Welcome Nikki
      That is right this president is for only one tribe and one group called Jieng elders, he doesn’t Cary for other tribes life many people are dying in Juba for hungry. If U.S. aid will be stop still not carrying with the life of civilians only life of Dinka because he is primitive president who care only with his mouth when he says there is peace he doesn’t mean it he mean war, the sol

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      • 25 October 2017 22:25, by padiit gaga

        The solution of this war is removed this unwanted president if people talk about peace he keep saying yes while doesn’t mean his word. There no more talk but only actions for devilhe doesn’t caress for people of S.sudan only his tribe people of S.sudan need good president who may Care for them and call all tribes as his people. Ho God let this Satan Angle go to He’ll with his master the devil.

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    • 26 October 2017 05:14, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      President Kiir’s regime is only suffering fro impunity, dangerous corruption, table enemies & abuse of powers by his appointees to public institutions &administrations. Our president is losing trust b’se He does good to wrong doers in the context of achieving peace.

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    • 26 October 2017 08:04, by Joyuma John

      the statement from US diplomat is full with alot of substance, for advising Kiir and his goverment to act now, to save people of south sudan from this situation, but for her statement to carry weight, we need some statement release from Nikki to all rebells group especially SPLM-IO to act now not tomorrow, if Nikki fail to so, then south sudan is in shits.

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  • 25 October 2017 21:11, by Sunday Junup

    Now America is talking, Kiriminal Mayardit, we needs action not talk.

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    • 25 October 2017 21:18, by South South

      Sunday Junup,

      Action means to bring peace in South Sudan. Kiir alone cannot bring peace, rebels need ti do their part too. Do you know that? It is about take and give from both sides.

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      • 26 October 2017 06:21, by Eastern

        South South,

        You always like being contrapuntal...Nikki Haley SPECIFICALLY CALLED OUT KIIR to stop the war which all and sundry know very well was started by him. Which both sides are you talking about. Kiir is fighting the masses who have abandoned their homes for the neighbouring countries and this is causing the American a lot of money..!

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      • 26 October 2017 08:58, by Sunday Junup

        South South,
        You needs to calm down and have a clear mind brother. Kiirminal Mayardit claim that there is no rebelion but only bandit that is why they isolated Dr.Riak and uses STD in his place. Can you tell who do you want kiir to make peace with? remember Dr.Riak is calling for resuscitation of peace but you refuse

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        • 26 October 2017 20:18, by South South

          Sunday Junup, Eastern and Do It,

          No single one in Juba is refusing peace, we all want peace. What will not sit well with us are callings from people like Eastern and the rest of rebels that they must have power. You are traitors and betrayers. You need to know that, Yes, we can share power with you, but we will not compromise the security of our country. US diplomat, person opinion

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  • 25 October 2017 21:29, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Can we have genuine permanent peace accord so that such a provocative talk should be avoided and see if any president of
    A nation could be told what to do? I am 😜 tongue tied about this! My mouth 👄 is really very little no a single word that I could thought 💭 of came from my mind rather then h total humiliation. I am finished my legs could not hold my weakened body.

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  • 25 October 2017 22:04, by pabaak

    What action does Trump administration want? The peace has been since 2015 and Rebel Riek Machar brake it when he want to steal power in J one july 2016 and into bush to continue waging war. The revitalization has been accepted and Riek still dragging his feed let them call Riek that every one has accepted peace axecpt him.

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    • 25 October 2017 22:29, by pabaak

      What I know peace cannot come because outside world want it without working together with government. any imposed peace will not work with people of South Sudan because it’s people who brought this government through election and they’re the one to vote it out.any administration has his own challenges even trumpt Administration has its own issues with their people.listening to onesiderebellion

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      • 25 October 2017 22:41, by pabaak

        Listening to oneside story of refugees stories alone will not bring true story without listening to government about horrible stories during the rebellion in former greater uper Nile States in which great number of innocent civilian were killed by Riek Machar rebels. Why they don’t talk of these atrocities or areb the rebels are excluded from international rules

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  • 25 October 2017 23:09, by Naath

    The Foolish Dinka tribal gangs leader (Kiir) and his JCE are listening only with their black asses. The real world president has now come to power. Kiir should get his ass out of South Sudan if he does not want to bring peace.

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    • 26 October 2017 01:09, by Nairobimitot

      Those Riek Machar supporters are full of dirty tricks. They need to come clean this time. If they are getting that we are brothers and sisters, we will kick them out again back to the bush.

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  • 26 October 2017 05:15, by William

    President Kiir is the president of everyone, not just one tribe. Nikki is here to add fuel on fire. I don’t think she came to South Sudan for peace, but for making worse situations to South Sudanese if she really believe that kiir govt is Dinka govt as all rebels always say. Surely she will lost the case against Dinka tribe.

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  • 26 October 2017 06:16, by Angelo Achuil

    I think USA had invested more in food, diplomacy, and fight for independence than Russia and China combined- I mean what had Russia or China ever done in our struggle for independence? What SPLM failed to note was that USA was doing all it becoz it has interest to be met like we had ours - strong democracy, capitalism, military and cooperation for intelligence. We failed all and now expect what?

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    • 26 October 2017 07:28, by Muonyraat

      Nikki Harel
      sorry for you are foreign you don’t know what is going on here, you have just heard from rebel and some of government supporters in US A that there is fighting in south Sudan which need solutions. but you don’t know that it is the dumped and corruption that is taking the citizens to their graves rebels are terrorist while government is full of corruption you UN are job searching not s

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      • 26 October 2017 07:45, by Muonyraat

        searcher for your UN mission in south Sudan you want the war to continue such that you could loot poor people,s resource in our country’ if you were for peace you would had said something to rebels also but not blame Mr kiir for suffers of dumped ass citizens who want power by force fuck you lady

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        • 26 October 2017 07:51, by Muonyraat

          you were dump right when you point President kiir is president for all but you were wrong when you said he didn’t care rights? when las- Vegas Stephen paddock shot 500 Americans in the party was it trump that was not care???

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          • 26 October 2017 12:58, by pabaak

            William.Angelo and mounyraat
            Absolutely Niki come with agenda of regime change from thos who are living outside the country lobbying US and others western governments to install thier own puppet government here in south Sudan and this will never succeed because yes the may not be doing well but its people here who change it through ballot box not from outside world

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            • 26 October 2017 13:09, by pabaak

              She might have come angry because she always lose vote in un assembly whenever she want imposed resolution against South Sudan. she might be frustrated because others are coming to the size opportunities without thier present

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              • 26 October 2017 13:27, by pabaak

                And who to blame? they one to blame because instead of helping government to restore peace they resort to humanitarian only and this alone will not bring peace without addressing the root causes of problem. This is time countries work together for mutual benefit between two countries time of hegemony is no longer there. time when countries imposed thier agendas on other countries.

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  • 26 October 2017 08:46, by William

    You are right. This lady is just dosen’t know what is going on in South Sudan and she doesn’t know America foreign policy. Now she gives green light to South Sudanese tribes to kill Dinka as they have been doing since 1983. She just listen to criminals who beg Washington to commit more crimes in South Sudan. She just came to South Sudan for more devastation, not for peace. But, what I know,...

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    • 26 October 2017 08:54, by William

      American people or Trump administration will distance themselves from her. She is against America interest indirect way. She sound like Obama Sudan because Obama was happy to see Islamic country to lost valuable land like South Sudan.

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      • 26 October 2017 09:12, by William

        Obama was not happy to see Islamic country lose valuable land like South Sudan land. President Trump should fire her right away because she went South Sudan to encourage more violence than peace by saying that South Sudan president is the president of one tribe. Millions of Dinka tribe have been killed by Sudanese tribes since 1983 because Sudan govt gives them weapons simply for claiming their ri

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  • 26 October 2017 10:39, by Wutkhor

    Welcome big lady Nikki Harley.
    "The US have lost trust in this kiirminal government" it’s better for amb. Nikki Harley to identified kiirminal government has jieng thrash but not SS government.
    Time for the US to use n applied anti germs for those idiots germs in SS u can’t solves problems of germs in your house unless u applied n use anti germs to kills all germs..

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  • 27 October 2017 17:47, by DKOne

    What a nonsense this American lady has come with. She is a US ambassador to UN not to RSS.
    SS also do have ambassador to UN and he cannot go Trump and tell him how he should manage American affairs.

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