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South Sudan objects dissolution of security sector: minister

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February 18, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan government has rejected dissolution of the security sector for it to be reconstituted and transformed into a national and professional army, claiming its dissolution would create “statelessness" during the establishment process.

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South Sudan’s information minister Michael Makuei Lueth speaks to reporters in Bor, December 25, 2016 (ST)

“As you know the government delegation went to Addis Ababa with open heart and commitment to ending the suffering of the people but the opposition groups united themselves with one position block and demanded the dissolution of all institutions of governance in South Sudan including the security organs and that is impossible,” said information minister Michael Makuei Lueth.

“The opposition groups are saying let’s dissolve the security organs and that the security should be taken over by UNMISS (United Nations mission in South Sudan) and RPF (Regional Protection Force). What is it? We did not fight to hand over the government to others. They are advocating for statelessness, which is unacceptable. As the government as people, we will not allow. We object it,” further said minister Lueth.

The minister was speaking to reporters in Juba on Sunday after the return of the government delegation from Addis Ababa where the South Sudanese parties have been meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from the 5th to the 16th of February, 2018 for the Second Phase of the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) on the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, 2015 (ARCSS).

The mediation suspended the talks on security arrangements and power-sharing, as the parties failed to reach a compromise on the outstanding issues but the mediators, however, said significant progress has been achieved during the 11 days of talks.

The information minister and spokesperson of the government negotiating team said their delegation, also, rejected an idea advocating the creation of the two armies, saying the clashes at the presidential palace in July 2016 have shown the negative impact of having two armies.

“So we are not for two armies, even the opposition is not also for the creation of two armies,” he said.

In addition, he said they rejected a proposal by the East African regional bloc IGAD to allow the president appoint four vice presidents for inclusivity in the government.

“We have not agreed on the governance and the system of governance. The government is saying we are maintaining the status quo and we are creating positions in the second layer, and that is the positions of presidential assistants,” he said.

“The opposition also talked of establishment of office of prime minister who will be an executive prime minister. This is a system which is alien to us and we are not for it," he stressed.

He accused the opposition groups of creating obstacles that prevented reaching a deal on Friday.

“The government delegation was not the problem and it will not be the problem”, he added.

“They (opposition groups) are demanding that (President) Salva Kiir and his government must go and this is an impossible position, so the problem is not with us,” he added.

The information minister said that the government delegation also rejected a clause in the declaration of principles calling for punitive measures against spoilers of the peace process.

“This article was brought from outside. It was brought by Americans to be specific, by the Troika and the European Union. We are not for that provision and we are not ready to license anybody so that he can do whatever he wants to do,” he said.

He urged the people of South Sudan to be patient as the government and opposition groups negotiate to bring about peace in South Sudan.

“The people of South Sudan should not get angry. People should be patient because peace is coming soon,” he said.

The mediators and facilitators presented two texts reviewing the dispositions of Chapter I on the power-sharing and Chapter II on the security arrangements.

When the forum resume at a later date, the IGAD chairperson and Members of IGAD council of ministers will engage the South Sudanese parties and intensify their efforts to assist them to make the necessary compromises that will resolve the outstanding issues.

The IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ambassador Ismail Wais and the IGAD facilitators will undertake specific missions related to this endeavour. On the basis of these consultations, the forum will be reconvened to complete the deliberations.

(ST)

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  • 18 February 21:57, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Basically the chieftainship of J1 has totally rejected all proposals that could have led the country to just peace. Yet the claim they are not guilty of that offence. South has to continue bleeding because of Kiir, Makuiei and Koul Manyang Juuk. They went to bush to rob South Sudanese of their country with resources generously given to all citizens to free themselves from Jallabaism. They in J1

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    • 18 February 22:03, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      are for corruption, tribal supremacy, rape, land grabbing and mass murder of South Sudanese. They can not allow change in the security and governance sector because those are the tools they use for perpetuating their torture to the people of South Sudan. It is now upon the people to take responsibility to free themselves from evil Jengeism.

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    • 18 February 22:03, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      are for corruption, tribal supremacy, rape, land grabbing and mass murder of South Sudanese. They can not allow change in the security and governance sector because those are the tools they use for perpetuating their torture to the people of South Sudan. It is now upon the people to take responsibility to free themselves from evil Jengeism.

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      • 19 February 00:30, by Kush Natives

        jur_likang_a_ likan’g/fool,
        Is it the change that you’re fighting for? You Better to put on your UNIMISS uniform, so that we in the government or as the concern citizens should your wishful thinking seriously. Your devils liberation will never work, if that’s what you’re idiots after!

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        • 19 February 01:44, by Kush Natives

          "Correction" should deal with your wishful thinking seriously.

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    • 19 February 08:22, by Rumbek S. Sudan

      Mr. Michael Makuei, yes you fought for the country but you failed to manage it. We all lost trust of your government and oppositions. All of you are bunch of thieves. If the government was doing what it takes to win the trust from its citizens, there would have been no reason of recommending UNMISS to take over the security of our country.

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    • 19 February 15:05, by Jubaa5

      The government wanted one army so that they can arest or kill any opposition members they wish, so people have no trust with president Kiir

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    • 19 February 15:11, by Jubaa5

      It is better for Salva kiir to negotiate his exit for now,before it is too late,he has killed many people and have stollen a lot of money.No matter how many people supporting you!! People must take you to court to answer what you did,is a matter of time.

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  • 19 February 10:53, by Lino Ayieny Bol Thuckuei

    south Sudanese loss trust on you minister otherwise corruption seems to be your mattress

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  • 19 February 14:26, by EastSudanisHeaven

    Mr Fake Minister
    Your fought for nothing but your own financial greedy interests. Your Liberation and Slavery stories are fake from day one . Remember The true Poor Southern Sudanese Returned to Sudan to be fed by the ordinary poor Sudanese not by the useless UN agencies and fake missionary organizations
    It’s the land of their brothers and sisters in Sudan will house them not your Land.

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  • 19 February 20:17, by Eastern

    The moment Makuei remains the face of the regime in the media, those of us opposed to the regime will also remain ENTRANCED: No peace in South Sudan!

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