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December 30, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan president on Saturday welcomed the signing of the cessation of hostilities and warned that outside powers should not be allowed to impose solutions on the country.

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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)

President Kiir made the remarks on Saturday at his residence ahead of talks sponsored by international and regional actors on the future of the war-torn East African state.

In a blunt rejection of moves by the United Nations and international backed mediation to steer the country away from more than three years conflict and return on the path of peace and organize elections, Kiir said South Sudanese should be allowed to solve their problems their own way.

“I have always said this thing will not work. People from outside should not impose decisions and our people have always asked me in various meetings why we always accept what foreign countries impose on us. They are right and I told the minister of cabinet affairs when he went to Addis Ababa to participate in the revitalization forum recently that we should take seriously what our people tell us. And we need to tell those organizing the revitalization that we are no longer open to the idea that someone will come to make peace for us. Our peace will be our peace because it will be made by us, for us,” said Kiir in comments made on Saturday.

The latest broadside against foreign mediation injected another dose of uncertainty into the already cloudy political outlook, which has been experiencing humanitarian crisis since 2013 when political debates within the leadership of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement escalated into violent conflict and turned into civil war.

Different South Sudanese stakeholders will meet next February in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to discuss new ideas for the implementation of the peace agreement. The African Union and IGAD, on their side, will then try to agree on a fresh plan to be presented to the United Nations Security Council seeking its support and endorsement.

The South Sudanese leader was speaking to Dinka council of elders, stressing he would not accept to continue to receive orders from outside to implement decisions.

“We will go into these talks with a clear position. We will not continue to accept orders from outside. We will not do what other people dictate to us. I am not President just to work on someone else’s orders. I am a head of state elected by his people," said Kiir.

Regional mediators backed by international facilitators including the Troika countries and the European Union warned they would seek tough international sanctions on the violators of the outcome of the revitalization forum.

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  • 30 December 2017 23:14, by Eastern

    His usual expression of lack of POLITICAL WILL....

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  • 30 December 2017 23:42, by kumkan

    Useless President, the man who never think on his own. where did you get these wrong advices. It was a big mistake that South Sudanese cast their vote on your behave. If votes could have been reversed i would definitely take my vote. go to hell!
    under your leadership, over 20, 000 Nuer where killed,
    the country is declared a fail state
    under your leadership the unknown gunmen is culture norm

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    • 31 December 2017 19:36, by Nairobimitot

      We need peace. Total peace from within South Sudan. We do not want peace that is from outside. Those who are not from South Sudan want to make peace for us that will last long. I do not think so; we have to make our peace. Order that will be imposed on the government of South Sudan will not last long, and the rebels will regret it. We do not want the rebels to run out from Juba very fast when their peace is made by foreigners. Why you rebels like international peace so much that is designed to destroy your country and increase hatred among yourselves? Why? To me, that is not good. That international peace will not last long. If you are a rebel and you want peace in our beloved country, you need to think twice. You rebels should be thinking about two peaceful solutions. One from Foreigners affiliates and that does not work because you have tried it before. You will be chased out of Juba again. And we do not want you to run back to bush because that is very tiresome for you rebels even though we feel sorry for you rebels for not getting it right.

      The second peace is in your hearts. You rebels should be thinking about internal " Peace" that is home-based, a home-based peace will last you long, and you will not be able to run fast. That peaceful solution will last for centuries if not forever. A home-based peace will allow all the South Sudanese to express their disappointments and a lot of people within the country will more likely be able to forgive one another for what has happened. That is the kind of peace we all need. I have never seen significant power countries around the world calling South Sudanese to make peace with them or calling some officials from South Sudan to discuss their internal problems or matters.

      So, if you are from South Sudan, you have to be aware of this even if you are very crazy and you intend to destroy your country through hatred that is being fueled by foreigners. Try to think about a home-based solution if you like your country. The people who live in South Sudan will always live in South Sudan together. And those who come from outside will still leave the country and go back to their homelands, so they are not peacemakers. They are troublemakers.

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  • 31 December 2017 00:46, by john akeen

    Why should I give you a chance to tell me what to do when I’m doing wrong things, if you don’t give me a chance to tell you what to do when you’re doing wrong things? Mr. President, you’re right, it is the time for you Mr. president to show the world that SSudanese people are smart and they know how to fix problems just like other countries around the world who know how to fix their problems

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    • 31 December 2017 01:14, by john akeen

      if you know how to fix big problem, that mean you can fix small problem very easy; and that is what we South Sudanese people need to know, or else we will run our country with difficult leaving, even if president Salva Kiir and Riek Machar and Taban Deng and Dr. James Wani and JCE and so on and on politicians are not there anymore. Is good to fix our own problem by ourselves right now>>

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      • 31 December 2017 01:30, by john akeen

        or else we won’t be able to fix any problem in the future, I mean 50 to 100 years that it’s coming, because problem is one of them sickness thing that humans has in their life, we all need to be doctors, so we can create medicine against that sickness name problem

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        • 31 December 2017 10:54, by jubaone

          John Akeen,
          If you were the president of SS, give us 3 problems we’re facing and how you would fix that easily and quickly without external help. You talk of fixing, fixing what? How? When?

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  • 31 December 2017 01:35, by Mayendit

    Mr. president Salve Kiir Mayardit. I have been supporting you for all these years as well as many Southern Sudanese has same thing but we are absolutely disappointed because our people continues facing difficulties and nothing new come out from your broken government just same speeches over. Yes, national dialogue is workable. But there is lack of political will, no signs of fixing economic.

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    • 31 December 2017 02:34, by john akeen

      Mr. Mayendit
      I’m not attacking you, but I just want to correct something here, you can not fix economic when there is war, economic does not kill people, but war does kill people because it is something with weapon, so that mean war need to be stop first, then economic can be the second thing to be fix

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      • 31 December 2017 03:27, by Mayendit

        John Akeen
        First of all, I don’t mine if you attacked me too because I do considering individual right and freedom of expression. To be honest with you Akeen, the economic can be fixed by Ideas even if there is war yet, the leader must find ways to fixing on what is broken in economic system unfortunately, there is no good Ideas from our president. Can you tell me where are Ideas of jobs created?

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        • 31 December 2017 04:09, by john akeen

          Ok, you tell me what kind of idea that you have in your mind that can fix economy during the war Mr. Smart, don’t talk about something you don’t even know how to think about

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          • 31 December 2017 04:55, by Mayendit

            John Akeen
            I am fully aware that, you are diehard supporting that failing leadership but remember what happened to dictatorship leaders, starting from Saddam Hussein of Iraq in the Middle East and Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar al Gaddafi of Libya in North Africa. You have no any knowledge about their relatives conditions at this moment and this is why it is important to prevent such a situation.

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          • 31 December 2017 04:55, by Mayendit

            John Akeen
            I am fully aware that, you are diehard supporting that failing leadership but remember what happened to dictatorship leaders, starting from Saddam Hussein of Iraq in the Middle East and Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar al Gaddafi of Libya in North Africa. You have no any knowledge about their relatives conditions at this moment and this is why it is important to prevent such a situation.

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          • 31 December 2017 05:07, by Mayendit

            John Akeen.
            Hard mind Idiocy will never understand anything, the country have been mess up by people like you and they will just learn something when things are out of control. I will not generalizing all Gogrialians people because some of them are suffering just like many Southern Sudanese do but I am a certain that, the president’s problems would affects half of Gogrial communities mark that.

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  • 31 December 2017 02:47, by lino

    I don’t think any politician asked people of South Sudan what they really need!!! The elections of 2010 expired 2-3 years ago and new mandate is needed to talk on behalf of people!!!

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    • 31 December 2017 03:08, by john akeen

      Mr. Lino

      lest stop this war first, then from there I believe there will be nothing that can be expired, because people will be washing who ever want to stay in the office after expiration date. I believe if someone want to stay in the public office after expiration date, then I believe everyone will come out against that person with strong voice

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  • 31 December 2017 03:02, by Mayendit

    Well, I think your speech is just like others speeches which you have had said it but later you seem to abandon your statement. You said during Pan-thou capture that, you are not under UN / UNMISS command but in the middle of that night, you orders SPLA to leave. You said your government is not going to allowed Regional Forces to enter South Sudan nation but later you allow them, no trust

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    • 31 December 2017 11:16, by Majesty

      Salva Kiir is the description of what a fool is.
      He lacks sense of judgement and principle. Kiir recently delagation to Addis to talk in good faith without without preconditions but here from nowhere he needs precondition because someone told him he should. He would soon abandon his position if someone from other end threatened (pressure).

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  • 31 December 2017 03:11, by Betterhumankind Tolife

    Dear All,
    I am with deep concern on current suffering of our innocent people under our current Leadership. The Leadership of President Kiir and Jieng Council of Elders under wrong ideology to dominate the whole South Sudan had opened more rebellions to those who do not want people suffered.

    A good Leader always listen to his people and not to his own tribemen and women whose aim is domination.

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  • 31 December 2017 03:18, by Betterhumankind Tolife

    Please see on this article, just with JCE gathering, our Leader chanced mind on recent peace signed and warning all foreign effort whose aim are to restore peace to the country and stop suffering of our innocent people of South Sudan.

    President Kiir being advice now by the Jieng Council of Elders , the peace is new direction only to tortured innocent people and especially non dinka.

    God bless yo

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    • 1 January 03:44, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Mr Lotife,

      Who are his people? Of course Dinka people!! The people of South Sudan have not understood this guy called Kiir. He is there for Dinka supremacy and nothing else. Only those people who want to be their slaves can heed his words.

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  • 31 December 2017 06:05, by Matooldit

    Mr president,you are a patriot,and love your country, however,if we are failing ourselves not reaching an agreement,then international community has to intervene to safe lives of our people becuase we are part and parcel of that community,as a member of UN we are obliged to rules of games and peace as young SS lady in Canada once wrote: Either we live together as one or all dye together as fools.

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    • 31 December 2017 07:30, by Kuch

      Matooldit,
      Mr. Salva Kiir right this time. Yes, we are part of global community but this doesn’t mean that we have to tell our global partners to give us a break & sort out our own problems in our way. Not every piece of our sh*ts that we should always take to other countries to go & solve them for us. It has becomes a fashion in our country where some idiots stage some aimless rebellions, call>>>

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      • 31 December 2017 07:40, by Kuch

        for the UN & humanitarian aid, and run for foreign hotels, brothels & bars for negotiations with the government to be re-instated back to his/her old position. And this silly idea has been taken up foreign interest group like the US, the UK, their UN, NGOs & their allies to their advantage since our country is desperately crave them for plunder. Yes, Mr Salva Kiir himself was the one who opens>>>

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        • 31 December 2017 07:47, by Kuch

          up a floodgate by loosening up the leash of always rewarding the traitors with positions. Just take this example, what do the so-called former detainees still want? They are part of the current government & they are being represented by Deng Alor in foreign affair. Taban Deng Gai & his minions are well represented as well as Mr. Ella Lumuro party & former Lam Akol party by Mr. Onyoti>>>

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          • 31 December 2017 07:54, by Kuch

            As for those other traitors like Lam Akol, Thomas Cirillo, Rebecca Nyandeng, Kosti Manibe, Pagan Amuom & Co. They are honestly asked to come back to South Sudan & register their own interests (parties), join the national dialogue & help in the amendment of the constitution for next general elections. But they are refusing, they want to negotiate their damn ars*s back into their old positions>>>

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            • 31 December 2017 08:01, by Kuch

              in the government in the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa. And some South Sudanese are so short sighted to see that the same old criminals who created the same mess we do have in our country are the same criminals who are being used by the foreign powers as their sabotages & blackmails to our country & our people. The US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their creepy allies like ethiopia>>>

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              • 31 December 2017 08:06, by Kuch

                are using the traitors Thomas Cirillo, Lam Akol & the likes of Rebecca Nyandeng & her so-called former detainees as their bargaining chips & blackmails to the current govt & the South Sudanese people. And this is precisely for the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their creepy allies to crawl themselves into our country so that they can come & loot it like they had/are currently in DRC, CAR>>>

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                • 31 December 2017 08:13, by Kuch

                  Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan et al. And some of our South Sudanese idiots are not reading in between the lines about this dirty intrigue being football played around in our country & against our people by our enemies. ethiopia, Kenya & others have own simmering problems in their own countries, but they don’t always take their own problems to foreign countries>>>

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                  • 31 December 2017 08:21, by Kuch

                    to be lectured upon. But here in South Sudan, make a mess & run to foreign countries to be lectured upon has becomes a new normal. Most of these foreign countries don’t give a damn about resolving South Sudanese problems. They just want what is in it for them in our country that is all. Some of my South Sudanese idiots, have a look on this link fellows:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RC1Mepk_Sw

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                    • 31 December 2017 08:27, by Kuch

                      >>>https://www.globalresearch.ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166
                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUCwCgthp_E
                      Fellows, Libya, CAR, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, North Sudan & our country are targeted countries by the corporate America & Europe. And since North Sudan doesn’t have much well>>>

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                      • 31 December 2017 08:33, by Kuch

                        (much wealth) & resources like we have here in our country, our country is the most targeted country for a regime change by the corporate America & Europe. And be replaced with some South Sudanese traitors who would then be micro-micromanaged in Washington, Wall Street, London, Brussels, Paris, Adis Ababa or Johannesburg & some of their other shady countries>>>

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                        • 31 December 2017 08:42, by Kuch

                          that the criminals always bank their loots in. But since the government of South Sudan had crushed their Riek Machar puppet & his bunch of low lives aimless armed rebellion. The US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between have repackaged their regime change business to blackmails & their bargaining intrigues to their so-called humanitarian aid, donations>>>

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                          • 31 December 2017 08:49, by Kuch

                            peacekeeping operations & their so-called human right business scams as their new dirty slick to fool some of our South Sudanese fools like Rebecca Nyandeng, Lam Akol, Riek Machar, Thomas Cirilo & their so-called former detainees & traitors. But the evils & their puppets/stooges are wasting their times & our times>>>

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                            • 31 December 2017 08:59, by Kuch

                              My fellow South Sudanese, do you fellows know the reason as to why Barrack Obama referred to our country as "his US national interest"? The charlatan & his then bunch of US statement department juus who caused the current mess in our country with his then bitches like Mrs. Clinton, Susan Rice, Hilde Johnson & Susan Paige>>>

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                              • 31 December 2017 09:05, by Kuch

                                Fellows, there are some South Sudanese who don’t want the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their cloned arabs of North Sudan & Arabs in our country whatsoever. Fellows, here in South Sudan, we have never ever been fans of any evils on earth who thinks he/she can stand over our necks, never has & will never be on our watch>>>

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                                • 31 December 2017 09:10, by Kuch

                                  The US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between are Geo-political chess game playing our country & our people like their then Eastern Congo, Angola, Mozambique, ethiopia, Cuba, South American Countries, Middle Eastern Countries, Asian countries or Eastern European countries during their cold war & the evils think>>>

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                                  • 31 December 2017 09:16, by Kuch

                                    that they can re-unite our country & our people with their cloned arabs North Sudan something that is not gonna happen in million years. Fellows, the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus & some of their evil allies in between love affair with our country & our people has gone too far & it must stop. Who says we want these vermins in their villages? Who these evils?

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                                    • 31 December 2017 14:23, by injuba

                                      Kuch,
                                      I’m not following this discussion very often. But if I do so, I can see neither your command of English nor your style of expressing yourself has improved or varied much.Your semi-educated hate has stayed the same. People like you have ruined the country of South Sudan. Well, a cattle-camp mindset is probable doomed to do so. Are you working for the people in the blue building?

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                                      • 1 January 04:29, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

                                        Injuba,

                                        Please acknowledge that Kuch is a tribalist, insane, unpatriotic and enemy of South Sudan nation state. He is disseminating hatred, division that destroys national cohesion for the benefit of Dinka supremacy. Their strategy is to plunder national resources and promote dinka apartheid in South Sudan.

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