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February 16, 2018 (JUBA) - Peace talks between South Sudanese warring parties have been suspended on Friday after 11 days of discussions on the security and constitutional and governance matters without tangible progress.

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The opening session of the revitalization forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 18, 2017 (ST)

The parties shall reconvene after a short recess may be within a week as the mediation will prepare a new paper based on the different positions expressed on the different matters discussed during the second round of talks from 5 to 16 February.

In its position paper, the opposition groups demanded exclusion of President Salva Kiir from the transitional government, casting doubts on his commitment to the implementation of the signed agreement.

“President shall not lead the transitional government because of his successive violation of ARCSS (Agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan) and its eventual abrogation” announced the group, according to the position paper seen by Sudan Tribune.

The nine groups announced the demand which remains unclear how the mediation team would handle what government delegation described as a “non-starter”.

Despite all these demands, the Ethiopian State Minister of Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemene praised the positive spirit demonstrated during the past 11 days and expressed hope it would continue in the next session.

"A permanent ceasefire and transitional security arrangement are needed to find a common ground for the finalization of a comprehensive agreement at the next phase of peace talks," Zemene added.

She pointed that the recess time should be used to overcome the outstanding issues to reach a lasting peace agreement.

However, Juba rejected the demand of opposition groups to evict President Kiir from power in the transitional period.

“They are just wasting their time and resources. That demand is a non-starter. They should not have thought of it if they did not intend to waste time and resources”, a presidential adviser on decentralization affairs and intergovernmental linkage told Sudan Tribune on Friday when reached to comment on the new development from the venue of the peace talks.

Tor Deng Mawien said government delegation went to adds Ababa, Ethiopia to participate in the revitalization of the peace agreement and not a new negotiation to decide on the leadership formation.

“Our delegation went to participate in the revitalization forum which was the agenda. It was not renegotiation. The revitalization does not mean renegotiation. What people are hearing is total nonsense. People are things which have nothing to do with revitalization,” said the angry presidential aide on Friday.

The 2015 peace agreement which the regional bloc is trying to revitalize recognize Salva Kiir the head of the government with Riek Machar as the first vice president but clashes at the presidential palace in July 2016 introduced new arrangement.

Taban Deng Gai, following the clashes which forced Machar to flee Juba, was hurriedly appointed as a new replacement, despite opposition rejection of the process.

The new IGAD proposal suggests the government takes 50% of the transitional government, while the other opposition groups would have 49%. There would be a President with four Vice Presidents overseeing clusters concerning Governance, the Economy, Infrastructure and one Vice President overseeing the Human Development and Social services cluster.

The Transitional National Legislative Assembly would be restructured and reconstituted to a house of 400 members including members from the 2010 southern Sudan, two former detainees while the balance of the members shall comprise of the incumbent representing – 55% and the opposition taking 45%.

The committee has also recommended for establishment of the security sector. The proposal is subject to amendment, changes, acceptance and rejection

(ST)

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  • 17 February 03:52, by lino

    It is going to be long walk to peace brothers and sisters!!! Revitalization is a renegotiation and discussion for what didn’t work in last peace agreement! I don’t know how the government thought differently? They have been thinking on the same unhelpful line, but they have a choice!!!

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    • 17 February 03:58, by lino

      Either stay in renegotiation or pull out!!! 4 Vice Presidents is smart way and no president or vice should have any veto!!! The legislation assembly and percentages 55 to 45 is ideal and laws and legislatures should be passed by 70% to make it difficult for day dreamers!!!

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      • 17 February 05:13, by Koryom2

        Lino,
        In fact the current has an upper hand on how to deal with those traitors taking the our country & our people’s hostage in foreign countries for their own selfish ends. Are these not the same thieves & incompetents of Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Rebecca Nyandeng, Thomas Cirillo, Kosti Manibe, Riek Machar, Lam Akol et al who have been in the running of our country since 2005 until they were>>>>

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        • 17 February 05:19, by Koryom2

          sacked for incompetents & insubordination before they staged their 2013 foiled coup? What different would these same thieves would come and make? Zilch/nil fellows. The traitors are only being used by their foreign masters from the US, the UK, their UN & NGOs as their bargaining cards to crawl themselves back into our country since they failed utterly failed to regime change the current>>>

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          • 17 February 05:25, by Koryom2

            government by force. But the traitors & their foreign masters are wasting their damn times & our times to be honest. All these bullsh*ts being peddled around in the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa were to be ironed out here inside South Sudan & in front of South Sudanese people. But the evils from the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs knew pretty well, that no one will COME & give a damn>>>

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            • 17 February 05:30, by Koryom2

              about the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs and their damn interest in our country & over our people. And their only hope is to take the current government, our country & our people hostage in foreign countries as long as possible to negotiate their damn evil selves with coercion & threats of blackmails and all & they evils think, they can get away with it. Good luck to them. For all l care>>>

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              • 17 February 05:34, by Koryom2

                Our country would be worse than Somalia should any evil dare dream to bring the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan & their Arabs of Arabia. Who would want these vermins in their villages? Who really want these evils with their evil long noses in their villages?

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        • 17 February 05:19, by lino

          Hana’s!!!Ya Koryom,

          Your uncle Kiir Mayardiit is not immune from the mess!!! Why he let himself being taken hostage by Khartoum boys in first place?!

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          • 17 February 05:39, by Koryom2

            Lino, Eastern and the rest of foreign imposters on this web site. Why are you fools so much interested in our internal issues? North Sudan has a lot of problems than even here in South Sudan. But you idiots keep poking your dirty long noses into ours & leave yours. For South Sudanese with brains, we know. Our country is is being cold-war-like-football played around like what had/is being done>>>

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            • 17 February 05:43, by Koryom2

              in DRC, CAR, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or Ukraine and this is simply because of our resources, our land, Nile waters & to counter China’s present in our country. And to possible re-unite our country & our people with your damn so-called cloned arab North Sudan like their then East & West Germany during their then so-called cold war>>>

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              • 17 February 05:49, by Koryom2

                But the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs and some of their creepy allies in between are playing with fire though---that wishful thinking is not going to happen even in million yea. Many of our traitors like Lam Akol & Thomas Cirillo were intentionally advised by the US & the UK to run to Khartoum & Adis Ababa respectively after their regime change business reached a dead end>>>

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                • 17 February 05:55, by Koryom2

                  and North Sudan & ethiopia were to be used as conduits to supply arms by the US, the UK, their UN & their creepy allies in between to implement their regime change project in our country. Traitors like Pagan Amuom even went Colorado in the US to go & solicit arms from the US army. And also the UN in New York to sell our country to the UN. Traitors like Majak Agoot, Kosti Manibe, Remember Miangigi>

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                  • 17 February 06:01, by Koryom2

                    ,Rebeeca Nyandeng & her ugly son are running around between Nairobi & South Africa in a hope that they may have any fool that may hear their treasonous endeavor against our country & our people. But the level of ignorant & stupidity our citizenry is quite amazing indeed. No one questions as to why the same thieves who were part of the same problem in our country & against our people are the same>>

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                    • 17 February 06:07, by Koryom2

                      thieves & incompetents who are desperately being re-cycled back into their old positions by their foreign interest groups from the US, the UK, their UN & some of their creepy allies in between? Not even a single South Sudanese has ever suggested that we need a different South Sudanese at the helm apart from the traitors like Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, Lam Akol, Majak Agoot, Kosti Manibe et al>

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                      • 17 February 06:13, by Koryom2

                        To be honest fellows, a massive shoot out than what happened in Juba in 2016 is going to happen again should their evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between, recycled these same thieves, traitors & incompetents back into our throats with those dirty intrigues in the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa like they did with their then damn ARCISS>>

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            • 17 February 06:26, by Joseph Canada

              Oh poor Koryom you are blind to see.. How I wish you have stood somewhere outside South Sudan and see the suffering of your own mothers land.. How you should’ve stood from peaceful experience where Killing a rat is a punishable crime compared to killing your fellow human is not a crime in South Sudan.. I pity you because you have no Idea what peace feels like. I cant blame you. I cant. Sad Bro sad

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              • 17 February 08:51, by jubaone

                Joseph Canada,
                Kuch aka Koryom2 as one of those lost boys is simply traumatized and sadly has become irate and can’t differentiate between dreams and realities and therefore lacks the power of abstract and forward thinking. He gloats over past events. He is a loser and fears success. He wants to remain a good and undeveloped Jienge but not a progressive SS.

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            • 17 February 08:16, by Not your taste

              Koryom,

              You seems to write lots of nonsense with no substance. First of all, when you talk of incompetence, who is incompetent? Is it the TGoNU, JCE, Opposition or who do you really think is incompetent on your own standard based on the ongoing unrest in South Sudan. Secondly, Kirr’s administration has failed the country period. Which ever way you want to twist it, it’s crystal clear that the....

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        • 17 February 08:21, by Not your taste

          Koryom,

          the Kirr’s administration is based on confine tribal rules. When it comes to a multi-ethnic society such as South Sudan, the JCE has misled the armature Kirr in leadership. Therefore, you rational won’t work with some of us unless you are debating with some of your clans men/women. South Sudan needs rational minds to lead this ravaged nation.

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  • 17 February 05:08, by Eastern

    Good and very good. South Sudan is stuck with this man Kiir just like Burundi is stuck with Nkuruziza and DR Congo with Kabila. This is to be expected in shithole country. War, suffering and deaths will continue....

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    • 17 February 08:29, by Not your taste

      Eastern,

      You might be right to some extend. But, it’s the mistake of the oppositions. One way to defeat or force the Kirr’s admin, to comply or come back to negotiating table is when the joint opposition becomes a threat. Kirr is still having the mighty hand in this round. All the political/arms movements should convene in one banner and hit Juba hard. Trust me Juba will beg for negotiation.

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    • 17 February 08:36, by Not your taste

      Eastern,

      I was under the impression that South Sudanese with the history of continues war, might have molded some cadres who know war tactics and regime change strategist. But, it’s unfortunate that still South Sudanese don’t know how to topple a regime. Given the numbers of the current oppositions, Kirr is laughing to all of them. South Sudan is a laughing stock.

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  • 17 February 05:53, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Zuma of South Africa, Ethiopian president has resigned for the country to smoothly run well. When will Kiir resign to allow his country run without bloodbath? It is high time he realised the country’s interest is above his and his Gogrial people.

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    • 17 February 05:56, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Zuma of South Africa has gone and Ethiopian president has resigned for their countries to smoothly run well. When will Kiir resign to allow our country run without bloodbath? It is high time he realised the country’s interest is above his and his Gogrial people.

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      • 17 February 06:13, by Mayendit

        Jur-likang and Jubaone.

        Forget about talking the issue of Salve Kiir but you must know now, pro Riek Machar Teny turned against Equatorians citizens. Br, general from Thomas Cirillo SAM have been killed by Nuers rebels at Napotpot near Kenya. His name Joseph Lokopir and there is another war in Yei River State against Equatorians by pro Riek Machar Teny, this is why guy which most Quatorians back.

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        • 17 February 08:58, by jubaone

          Mayendit,
          That is unavoidable friendly fire and will be sorted out amicably. If you think one group will decamp and join the SPLAnyors, you are delusional. Maybe NAS is it’s way to consolidate itself as an Equatorian outfit to flush out unwanted non Equatorians in our Holy Lands from worthless infidels and human scum. It’s Equatexit now on the move.

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      • 17 February 06:20, by Koryom2

        jur_likang_a_ likan’g,
        The problem with you idiots is, you just equate different situations with situations that completely different. Can I ask you idiot, who do you think would replace Salva Kiir? Don’t tell us that is going to be Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirillo, Kosti Manibe, Lam Akol, Majak Agoot, Rebecca Agoot & other traitors l failed to mention?>>>

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        • 17 February 06:28, by Koryom2

          the prime minister of ethiopia & president of South Africa were elected even twice. But when did the South Sudanese people ever did an election since the referendum 2011? Non that l know of idiot. jur_likang_a_ likan’g, many of you idiots are always informed time & time again to be more realistic on what you idiots are bargaining for>>>

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          • 17 February 06:46, by Koryom2

            Remember this idiots, What do you think would happen if your current traitors being peddled around in the hotels, brothels & bars with an aim to recycle them back to their old positions. And we come & kill the traitors? Do you idiots really think, we are going to come & let the evils take their old positions backs? That is gonna happen under the sun idiots>>>

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            • 17 February 07:03, by Koryom2

              That is not gonna happen under the sun idiots. We are back fools. Watch this place with our traitors & your evil corporate America, their UN, their NGOs, their evil juus & some of their creepy allies in between in our own region? Good luck fools. Your evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between in our own region love affair with our country>

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              • 17 February 07:05, by Koryom2

                & our people has gone too far & it must stop fellows.

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  • 17 February 06:01, by Mayendit

    Let us sitting down as South Sudanese people and have serious discussions. I don’t think IGAD, AU, UN, have a solutions to an ending conflicts because some African leaders within IGAD are getting pays while, the real people in South Sudan are desperate. There was no reason for IGAD, AU, to returned people back to full re-negation table supposed, the talked should base on the security arrangement.

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    • 17 February 06:40, by Eastern

      The issue is not IGAD. The main issue is NOT TO MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO in Juba. A lean, effectivel and representative government is needed not the current regime set up in Juba. Short of agreeing on that, the war and suffering will rage on. You know very well that Kiir cannot allow free discussions in Juba. By the way, at what stage national dialogue?

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      • 17 February 07:21, by Koryom2

        Eastern,
        When are you going to come & effect that damn change chap? It is not gonna happen under the sun fools as far as we are concerned. Watch this place with your traitors & their evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between & their dirty interests in our country & our people fools>>>

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        • 17 February 07:27, by Koryom2

          Mr. Eastern, some of you foreign fools have been working pretty hard to trash our country & our people. And then hope that your evil coroprate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their evil juus & some of their creepy allies in between like ethiopia, Kenya or North Sudan would be used to toy around with our country & then our country would then be re-united with your evil North Sudan>>>

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          • 17 February 07:32, by Koryom2

            & then your evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & some of their creepy allies in between would then go & toss their champagne glasses in the board rooms in the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa & brag---WESTERN CIVILIZATION. Fellows, WW3 is going to start here in our country. We don’t want to have anything to with the evil white Americans, English>>>

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            • 17 February 07:37, by Koryom2

              people, their evil juus, your cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between. South Sudan is a Dinka/Monyjieng country fellows, North Sudan is a Dinka/Monyjieng country traitors, and we would never ever allow any rubbish into our country fellows>>>

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    • 17 February 07:44, by Koryom2

      Mr. Mayendit,
      There are some criminals in our country who want to sell our country to their foreign masters (the US, the UK, their UN, their UN, their evil juus & some of their creepy allies like ethioipa or Kenya) & this because of for free food & to be re-instated back into their old positions. And these are the same fools & traitors like Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, Lam Akol,>>>>

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      • 17 February 07:50, by Koryom2

        Majak Agoot, Thomas Cirillo, Kosti Manibe and other sellouts fools. the so-called ethiopia, Kenya, North Sudan & many other countries in Africa & our own regions have massive problems than we have here in South Sudan. But since our country & our people is considered by the evils from the US, the UK, their UN, their evil juus & some of their creepy allies considered as their CASH COW>>>

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      • 17 February 08:45, by Not your taste

        Koryom,

        When civil servants don’t invest in real estate, banking, business, etc, in their own backyard do you call them criminals or not? Mr., scan around and see what the regime and it’s elites are doing to the nation of South Sudan. Most of these elites enjoy their weekends out of the country plus you I presume. Don’t be a cynical fool who wants to call a diamond a spade. Spare your energy lil

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  • 17 February 07:42, by Senator Y

    There never been a thought on bringing peace in South Sudan. Those government delegations were there only to pocket money for their family bills since the economy of the country collapse. Shame on Juba corrupt regime.

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  • 17 February 09:02, by Kenyang ll

    South Sudan neighbors or world at large need to leave South Sudanese alone. Many countries were earnestly established by allowing and allow them define their own destiny -FIGHT IT OUT AND LET THE WINNER TAKE it ALL. For South Sudan refugees and other burdens, you always have right to close your borders.

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  • 17 February 09:28, by Games

    First I want to take this opportunity time to congratulate IO team for standing firm for what the whole country is believed on you. Welcome to 2018 disaster and the falling of Salva Kiir regime

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  • 17 February 10:31, by EastSudanisHeaven

    To all Southern Sudanese who voted to separate from Sudan
    How come you have over a million Refugees in Northern Sudan and another 2 millions in other countries ?
    Simply because your Idiotic governments and opposition groups failed you
    Enjoy your SPLM and the FAKED liberation movements

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    • 17 February 17:32, by jubaone

      EastSidanisHeaven,
      Please, if you want to have the jienges as domestic servants like those from Abyei, come take them even free of charge. They have no use to Equatorians; intellectually, morally or culturally. They used to fetch us water using donkeys from Nile River through Konyokonyo and get 1 liter of cow milk as reward. But all our cows have been stolen by the our very servants. Terrible trag

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    • 17 February 18:36, by Eastern

      And expect more South Sudanese from the Bahr el Ghazal region coming to Sudan and these folks love Khartoum. They will be there in numbers. Expect that in the next 2-3 months.

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