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Regional leaders urged to unite S. Sudan opposition to end war

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December 6, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s government on Wednesday urged regional leaders involved in the revitalization forum to ensure all armed and non-armed opposition unite to end the country’s nearly four-year conflict.

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S. Sudan cabinet affairs minister Martin Elia Lomoro (Photo KT Press)

The cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro said the coalition government is ready to participate in the revitalization forum, but stressed that it was important if the regional leaders unite the various opposition faction so that there are two views to be harmonized.

“It is the expressed view of the government that the revitalization forum should harmonize the views of the stakeholders. The views of the government are clear. They are expression of commitment to ending war and it is in this context that council of ministers made it clear during the consultation with IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority on Development] foreign ministers that it is important they unite the opposition so that they also have clear views,” Lomuro said Wednesday.

He further added, “If the views are clear, then it will be possible to talk and narrow down positions and it would be easy to harmonise. And that will be the only way to end this [war] situation”.

According to the minister, IGAD rescheduled the launch of the high-level revitalization forum to 15 December in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

In June, a summit of IGAD heads of state and government decided to convene a meeting of the signatories of the South Sudan peace agreement to discuss ways to revitalize the peace implementation. During the June summit, it was agreed that all groups be included in the discussion aimed at restoring a permanent ceasefire.

IGAD unveiled the timetable for the revitalization forum with South Sudanese leaders and the citizens, which ended on 17 October.

The South Sudanese government earlier warned that the revitalization forum by the regional bloc, which mediated the 2015 peace deal, 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 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 violence since it seceded from Sudan in July 2011.

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  • 7 December 06:17, by Malakal county Simon

    I personally argue the regional countries to unite and rally behinds Southern Sudan people’s and ousted unwanted president Kiir like president of Gambia is a good example......

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    • 7 December 10:33, by jubaone

      Malakal,
      We want the Kiirminal stripped naked and dragged like a dead dog. He should not be let to run away. He is a wanted kiirminal: Dead or alive

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      • 7 December 14:43, by Malakal county Simon

        Jubaone

        Let’s that happens sooner than the later

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      • 7 December 19:45, by South South

        Jubaone,
        Our government is right. Those coin rebels MUST unite and speak one voice or they will be ignored. It’s so stupid to talk about stakeholders, unite and come to talk us or stay where you are.No more games, we will seek peace by all means, but at the same time, our SPLA is ready to do action job.

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  • 7 December 07:53, by Eastern

    Martin Elia represents failure.....Wasn’t Kiir and cohorts with their help in the region who toyed with the idea of causing the armed opposition, the SPLA-IO to splinter with the hope of weakening thinking that such will force peace down the throat of the masses. Uniting the opposition is much more difficult than splintering it.

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    • 7 December 10:31, by jubaone

      Eastern,
      If Kiirminal had implemented the ARCISS 2015 in word and spirit, the SS would be closer to seeing real development. But they stupidly wanted Riak out, now the TGoNU MUST be formed anew. There are several stakeholders and it is no longer business as usual. The 4,000 RPF is ready to send misfits and criminals to ICC.

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  • 7 December 11:06, by Sunday Junup

    Elia,
    Just shot your mouth up if you don’t any thing to say. How come you order IGAD to Unit oppositions. Can you join Kiir Party?

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  • 7 December 22:00, by Masiah

    Kirr Government should have implement CPA 2 before getting worse like this, now there’re more than 7 stockholders even getting stronger than Dr. Riak, Kirr just put himself in a place where he can’t run away. if Peace come or not come Kirr will go to Jail.

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  • 7 December 22:11, by Masiah

    This war happened in a good reason, it taught 64 tribes or people of south Sudan good lesson that nobody own south sudan, peace will come to people of sudan but after they need to learn how to move forward with law & accoutabilty. all these polittician will face accountability. Politician put one tribe in place where some families are innocence

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  • 8 December 00:14, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    With or Without a united opposition party to peace talks, peace must be forced upon those of Lomuro. Peace deliberations belong to South Sudanese and therefore it must be conducted.

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