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S. Sudan’s Kiir seeks U.S. role in mending ties with Sudan

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Sudan's Omar al-Bashir shares a moment with South Sudan's Salva Kiir in Equatoria Guinea, November 23, 2016 (AP)
October 26, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir has requested the United States government to play its role in mending and helping to improve its current relations with neighbouring Sudan.

The senior presidential adviser and special envoy, Nhial Deng Nhial said president Kiir held a meeting with the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley on Wednesday, reiterating the role Washington played in negotiating the settlement of the conflict that led to the secession of South Sudan from Sudan in July 2011.

“Such roles can be replicated, enhanced and turned into building ties,” Nhial told Sudan Tribune Thursday.

“The Government of South Sudan thinks the US can do more and provide additional inputs that will improve the relations,” he added.

The South Sudanese leader, Nhial further said, also acknowledged the role played by the US in negotiations that led to the signing of the 2005 peace deal, which culminated into a peaceful secession.

“President Salva decided to express the gratitude of the People of South Sudan to the United States for its role to resolve the conflict in the country, which led to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. He further urged the US to continue and play their role with the same spirit because the US has invested a lot in terms of promoting peace, harmony, and solidarity in South Sudan”, stressed Nhial.

The appeal comes just days before Kiir visits Sudan for bilateral talks with his Sudanese counterpart, Omer al-Bashir to discuss issues relating to peace implementation and revaluation of issues agreed upon in the 2012 cooperation agreement.

The visiting US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley on Wednesday said it was time for the South Sudanese president to act, not talk, if the civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people in the young nation is to come to an end.

“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.

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 President Trump administration.

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  • 26 October 23:12, by Khent

    Is this man even mentally present in the real world? The man sparks a terrible and totally unnecessary civil war that has claimed the lives of tens of thousands and subjected millions more to perverse crimes and indignities such as rape, cannibalism, hunger and disease... and his priority here is to focus on the relationship between his criminal government and another criminal government.

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    • 27 October 05:33, by Ssam

      Ahaaa khent! As always insulting, insightless and inflammatory with no purpose other than to cause strife. Kiir and the US KNOW, there is NO way of solving S. Sudan problems; social, political, economic or security other than through Sudan - NON. Not AU, UN, US IGAD, Ethiopia, Uganda or Kenya. Sudan is key; like it or not. Like Trump says - watch and see.

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      • 27 October 07:21, by Khent

        Ssam

        As opposed to your well established history of great insight. You have a very deluded opinion of Sudan’s importance; a criminal, theocratic, genocidal, terror supporting State will not determine the affairs of another State provided that the State in question is governed by able and visionary leaders...

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        • 27 October 07:25, by Khent

          ..address your own social, political, economic and security problems before asserting that Sudan can resolve another Nation’s set of problems. Sudan is site to the largest genocide since the Rwandan genocide, and so it could only help by serving as a cautionary tale...

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          • 27 October 07:30, by Khent

            .. The Western powers understand that Khartoum’s terror sponsoring ’government’ has a long history of supporting certain militias in South Sudan and has established these links over decades, and so Khartoum presents certain challenges...

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            • 27 October 07:42, by Khent

              ..But Khartoum’s usual de-stabilizing conduct has been tempered by its own political and economic interests. The West has wedded the removal of sanctions, debt-relief and its removal from that wonderful State sponsors of terror list on abstaining from such activities in the South. I’ll leave it at that but you really do need a reality check.

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    • 27 October 05:38, by Newsudan

      Khartoum has already occupied disputed areas of Jebellen,Joda,Hofra Nas,Heglig,Kafia Kingi: SAF is currently very close proximity with Abyei. SPLA is preoccupied fighting with Rebels no time to plans for disputed areas,You’re very right Khent,no need to trust Khartoum regime while at the same time, The very Bashir is fueling war in the South with our own oil agreement signed by Kiir.

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      • 27 October 08:59, by Khent

        New Sudan

        And this is precisely what these people intentionally ignore. We won’t be able to reclaim these territories until Salva Kiir and his ’cabinet’ of traitors are out of the picture.

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        • 27 October 10:54, by Newsudan

          Khent
          Beblis,Joda,Megnis,Kuek and Area around Kaka in upper Nile were seized by Nimeiri after oil discovery 1978 by Chevron company.
          They same things with Heglig,Teswin and Kafia Kingi were taken becos Nimeiry tried to altered 1956 north- South borderline to annexed areas rich of oil and other minerals, those areas bigger than Djibouti

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      • 27 October 21:03, by Naath

        It was a great pleasure when the Dinka tribal chief and gangs leader Kiir murder Nuer indiscriminately in Juba. Today, the same Dinka tribal chief who ordered the killing of Nuer regret that he could not defeat Nuer and Kill Riek Machar easily as thought.

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    • 27 October 06:59, by Midit Mitot

      Bullshit! how will the world helping you while you never understand their advice? Try to listen people then you will be understand too.

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    • 27 October 13:37, by Newsudan

      I don’t know what do idiots of Riek Io want in South Sudan. as we speak, they are attacking SPLA positions in Guit county hours after US Haley visit.

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  • 27 October 05:14, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    This is not about his excellency president Kiir, it is billerator relationship between the two ? countries but we should be more cautious is the fact that these two countries should not units till Jesus came to this 😈 evil 😈 world 🌍 again or else complete total abomination should it happen by mistake, then we should all committed suicidal before the nations take up by enemies of peace ?

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  • 27 October 05:15, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    (Walai a lazim)

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  • 27 October 07:22, by Eastern

    I can see Kiir’s apologists, as always, trying hard to find some scapegoat...The problems of the two Sudans revolve around the aura of self entitlement inculcated by SPLM: it is my way or the highway....

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    • 27 October 07:50, by Muonyraat

      both Sudan and south Sudan need to put away their rebels or solve their internal issues before the talk about their relationship. or they are gonna face double trouble

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    • 27 October 08:51, by Khent

      Eastern

      The problems of the two Sudan were there before the advent of the SPLM. Your interpretation can only make sense if we ignore and discount the fact that the SPLM was an attempt at a response to pre-existing problems - not the cause of it. Anya Nya was a prior response, so what are you blathering about?

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      • 27 October 08:54, by Khent

        I have also already pointed to the fact that Khartoum supported militia groups in the South at least two years before Juba responded in kind. Khartoum also occupies Nation size territories such as Kafia Kingi — an area internationally recognised as belonging to South Sudan. You’re nothing but a Quisling.

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      • 27 October 09:53, by Eastern

        Khent,

        This is no blathering but stating the truth..THERE WAS NO TWO SUDANS PRIOR TO THE FORMATION OF SPLM. There existed the SOUTHERN PROBLEM. You need to get your historical facts accurate. SPLM of whatever shade is the problem on both side of the TWO SUDANS....

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        • 27 October 10:25, by Khent

          Eastern

          I won’t be taking advise on history from someone so clearly ignorant of it. Was the SPLM somehow responsible for the annexation of southern territories in the 50s and 60s? Was it the SPLM that started eliminating southern leaders in the same period? Was it the SPLM that reneged on the 1972 peace agreement? Was it the SPLM that came to power through a coup and sabotaging efforts for peace

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          • 27 October 10:43, by Eastern

            Khent,

            This is the last comment I make on this subject matter. The two Sudans emerged on 9th July 2011. I am not discussing anything SOUTHERN here. I am talking about SUDANS (South Sudan and the Sudan). SPLM/A has failed South Sudanese and SPLM/N (of various faction in the Sudan) are failing in their effort to fight against marginalisation. Cut me out of the era prior to this epoch....

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            • 27 October 10:56, by Khent

              Eastern

              Oh, you would much rather discard all the prior events that affect current dynamics? No one is going to argue that the SPLM has not been an abject failure but your initial assertion that the SPLM is the root cause of the problems between the two Sudans is demonstrably false. Khartoum supported rebels in 2009 and so Juba responded in kind in 2011.

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              • 27 October 11:26, by Eastern

                Khent,

                Reread my comments....I don’t remember when I last used the phrase ROOT CAUSE in relation to the current political malaise occasioned by SPLM/A on both side of the political divide...

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          • 27 October 10:45, by Kuch

            Khent
            unfortunately here in South Sudan, we are our own enemies ourselves. We always play into our arch enemy hands at every turn. Even some of our senior government officials do not know that many countries in our own region didn’t want our independence from the North Sudan. But there was nothing that they could have done to prevent our independence by hooks & crooks>>>

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            • 27 October 10:53, by Kuch

              South Sudan is where the wealth is. North Sudan is just a basket case. But since our power hungry fools like our Riek Machar & many of our current myopic idiots at the top forgot that our arch enemy will never let our country & our people alone with our wealth. Many South Sudanese with brains must have now seen how quickly the US, the UK & the EU & even some countries in here in Africa are quickly

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              • 27 October 11:00, by Kuch

                trying to make the North Sudan a good country with no massive problems of her own. But South Sudan is where the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creeps in between have projected their evil lenses into 24/7. No one speak about the Darfur, Southern Khordupan, Southern Blue Nile, Central Africa republic (CAR), DRC, Burundi, Somalia, Libya or Northern Nigeria these days>>>

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                • 27 October 11:06, by Kuch

                  But South Sudan & the South Sudanese people problems are always good for the UN & the NGOs. But with the US, the UK & their creepy allies in between. South Sudan & South Sudanese people are their targeted strategic people with our country because we have been the ones that have stood up to the expansionism of Arab & their terrorism into the Africa’s interior ever since>>>

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                  • 27 October 11:12, by Kuch

                    Besides, our country is endowed with abundant of riches & land that some criminals in the US, the UK or Europe desperately crave and they are unlikely to get them like in CAR, Libya, Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan with through their regime change business that they often use in Middle East, West Africa, Central countries, Latin America or Eastern European countries>>>

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                    • 27 October 11:28, by Kuch

                      Here in South Sudan. The US, the UK, the UN, their NGOs & their allies regime change business isn’t going to fly under as far as we are concerned. And So the only evil game left on the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between sleeve is to Geo-politically chess game or football toy around with our country & our people>>>

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                      • 27 October 11:36, by Kuch

                        like Congo, Angola, Mozambique, South America, Eastern Europe, Middle East or Asians countries during their then cold war. And they are yet again in DRC, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or Ukraine (cold war part two). And they are hoping, they can re-unite our country & our people like what they did with their then East & West Germany. And then the evils can go & toss their champagne>>>

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                        • 27 October 11:46, by Kuch

                          glasses on their sleazy boardrooms & brag---Western civilization. This is the reason behind the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies recent new found cozy relationship with our cloned arab North Sudan. Remember fellows, whenever the corporate America, the UK & some of their creepy allies in between are about to go bust, then the evils create>>>

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                          • 27 October 11:53, by Kuch

                            an imaginary enemy to sell their arms & weapons to keep their busting economies afloat. This is what the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies are doing in our country & other countries like DRC, CAR, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine or other countries>>>

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                            • 27 October 12:00, by Kuch

                              The US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between are after our oil resources, our land & their Geo-political influence. And to encircle China but the evils are wasting their times & our times. We have been trading with the Chinese people even before there is there so-called USA, England, their UN or their NGOs>>>

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                              • 27 October 12:13, by Kuch

                                Some of our Nuers, Shilluks & some of our Equatorians do not know the greatest evil game the evil corporate America, their UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between have & are playing with our country & our people. The Reasons as to why the fools like Thomas Cirilo & Lam Akol were forced to run>>>

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          • 27 October 10:49, by Khent

            ..These problems existed long before the SPLM came into being. You could reasonably assert that the SPLM contributed to the problems but you cannot pretend that successive Northern governments were not the primary cause (s) of the problem...

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    • 27 October 09:03, by South South

      Kiir will not apologist to Omar Bashir. Two leaders will meet to discuss issues face to face and man to man. Kiir is not a coward like other people we know in South Sudan. Leave the issues of South Sudan for us to deal with them because we ready to protect our country even if blood is needed for that, we will give our blood to our country.

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    • 27 October 21:10, by Naath

      Eastern,

      Kiir and JCE are the most foolish creatures more than cows and sheep. Instead of organizing and uniting South Sudanese so the war could have been taken to Abyei to liberate his Dinka land he indulge ethnic cleansing of various South Sudan tribes. Kiir is visionless, war criminals, and power hungry tribal gangs chief.

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  • 27 October 08:37, by Lotole Lo Luri

    At this point in time, Kiir would lick Bashir’s boots, in fact he is already doing so to block any cooperation between Sudan and the opposition. Taban Deng Gai even asked the Sudanese Army to cross the borders and attack the SPLM-N and the Darfuri opposition inside South Sudan.

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    • 27 October 08:46, by Lotole Lo Luri

      Continue

      Remember, Kiir fled Heglig (Panthou) in the face of an impending attack by Bashir’s forces, swallowed the insults when Bashir called his folks insects and joined Bashir in refusing the Abyei referendum results. Kiir is a coward and a disgrace to the people of South Sudan.

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  • 27 October 09:56, by Sunday Junup

    Easy to beg America which is thousand mile a way then Sudan which is neighboring country. Please kneel down to Omar then he will gave you Abiey

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  • 27 October 11:40, by Wutkhor

    Fuck all jiengs gemrs from south south, khent, kuch or kus n other insects, the field is wide open for u insects to go n fights al bashir in Abyei, ur keyboard attack to al bashir won’t help ur ugly Dinka’s tribe... Go take up guns n fights in ur dumb Abyei period.

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    • 27 October 12:41, by Khent

      Wut

      Your people came back in 2006 after serving Khartoum for decades, so your contribution against is not expected let alone required.

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