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Nuer community call for boycott of national dialogue in Addis Ababa


March 14, 2018 (ADDIS ABABA) - Members of the national dialogue’s subcommittee for refugees are in Addis Ababa for consultative meetings with communities there, but leaders of the Nuer community called for a boycott of the event.

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National dialogue co-chair Angelo Beda (AFP file photo)

In December 2016, South Sudan President Salva Kiir initiated a national dialogue initiative to end a civil war, which has displaced millions of people.

Kiir said the national dialogue will be bottom-top approach to address local grievances and political issues in the country. But the opposition rejected the call.

Ajak Kuol, a member of the national dialogue said the dialogue committee team arrived in Addis Ababa and the meetings commenced at Capital Hotel on Thursday.

However, the Nuer community chairman in Ethiopia, Gabriel Chieng Tot has called on the South Sudanese communities in Ethiopia to boycott the dialogue meetings.

"All South Sudanese living in Addis Ababa and particularly the Nuer community must boycott all forms of negotiations with The National Dialogue steering committee led by so-called Deng Dau Deng, currently in Ethiopia will not be allowed to meet the community members and other South Sudanese living in the country,” he said.

Tot, in a statement, urged Nuer members who reside and live in Ethiopia to distance themselves and avoid contact with South Sudanese officials on the dialogue body.

The community members accused the government of "continuously killing the Nuer".

“Government failed and refused the root cause of the conflicts to be addressed during the High-level revitalization process. It has failed to cease hostilities, it’s still attacking, displacing the members of the Nuer community in the Greater Upper Nile,” added the statement.

The groups have also rejected President Salva Kiir’s position as patron of the national dialogue committee, arguing he is "not fit" to implement the peace accord.

Tot says the Nuer and Dinka should be allowed to have an open dialogue, but rejected initiative led by politicians who use of for their personal gains.

“All the South Sudanese communities and particularly the Nuer who are living in Addis Ababa are advised not to attend the Saturday meetings.We would also like to extend the same message to those members who are still suffering in refugee camps in Western Gambella not to attend the Saturday rally,” he stressed.

President Kiir officially launched the national dialogue initiative in May last year.

The national dialogue initiative is seen as a forum and process through which the people South Sudan shall gather to redefine the basis of their unity as it relates to nationhood, redefine citizenship and belonging, as well as restructure the state for national inclusion.


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  • 15 March 11:02, by jubaone

    Congratulation Nuer Communities in Ethiopia. A clear NO to this jienge ND. First stop the war and other matters will follow. If the Kiirminal can renege from the ARCSS 2015 which was laboriosly negotiated by all our frineds, how worthless is this jienge ND shit, which has NO witnesses? The Kiirminal has failed the country and the ND is already a failure. Anything jienge is already a shithole.

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    • 15 March 11:17, by Kush Natives

      You’re congratulating yourself, all Nuer Youth and alike who’re terribly tired of useless Riek war were here with us in the conference room. Your congratulations MUST go back to an Equatorian opposition groups for finishing up the rats and monkeys in the jungles. The suffering of our people MUST come to an END now! Naath oyee South Sudan oyee!

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    • 15 March 11:21, by South South


      ND is for peace, you can attend it and make your points and if your points are not taken , then you withdraw from it, that’s the best way for people with good education will act when we talk about peace. Nuer can meet with ND committee, make their points and if there points are not taken they can withdraw. This is very simple.

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      • 15 March 11:57, by Malakal county Simon

        South South

        Forget that so called ND, it’s waste of time.... Kiir need to apologize first and step aside for killings civilians for no apparent reason...... We are done with him period

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        • 15 March 13:18, by South South

          Malakal county Simon,

          Kiir is not going anywhere. He has crushed your rebellion. Most of Nuers are now in Juba with Taban. You are defeated, you thought war will help you to get power. If you are done with Kiir, then keep roaming Khartoum streets. What good will that do to you? Peace is the only option for Reik’s IO to get back to our government, other than that, you will be out forever.

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      • 16 March 05:58, by jubaone

        South South,
        What can the ND bring that was not fully and comprehensively addressed by ARCISS 2015? If the Kiirminal could renege from ARCISS 2015 that took 1-2 yrs to negotiate, what guarantees does the ND without any guarantors, witnesses and even timeline? The ND is NO substitute for ARCISS and is only a talking shop. Case closed. Next

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  • 15 March 11:10, by Kush Natives

    This is white lie, why IO eccentrics tried propagates everything without even a shame? This bandits moment is a disgrace to Naath people, enough is enough! Why denying the fact? The audience in the national dialogue hall were chanting for peace and forgiveness. So, who had boycotted the conference? Probably IO mercenaries.

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    • 15 March 12:00, by Malakal county Simon


      You’re lying and you’re not near Ethiopia.... We are sick of you being a pretender always!!!!

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  • 15 March 12:20, by Games

    Nuer should think of shifting their region somewhere else in steady of wasting their time for Dinka national dialogue.

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  • 15 March 13:13, by Emma Granger

    The only difference is that he will not Essay Writing Service UK say anything beforehand about establishing such an agency. He’ll just set it up. Whatever it means it doesn’t sound good to me. Notice how he says, "We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set.

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  • 15 March 13:40, by Lenin Bull

    IO is the one agitating boycot and other media propaganda. Just go to Juba International Airport and see the Nuer refugees and Nuer IO soldiers that have chosen peace coming to Juba everyday from Addis Ababa by Ethiopian Airways, KQ, and 540. Just continue to boycott so that you will remain alone in the bush instead of honorably doing the right thing!!

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  • 15 March 13:43, by Lenin Bull

    Just wait if you don’t sign the coming last stage of peace revitalization, the remaining IO foot soldiers will surrender on their own without permission from Riek and his few scoundrels eating anjera and making empty noises for propaganda in Addis Ababa. Just wait the end of April 2018, idiots.

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  • 15 March 13:51, by Lenin Bull

    Boys who joined IO in Eastern Equatoria have recently defected and joined government forces(Igaa, Oyet, etc forces). All Agwelek forces have signed peace in Kodok, Fashoda State, no more fighting in Unity, Jonglei, Upper Nile, and around Wau/Raja. Where is the IO these thick heads still consider will fight for them to capture or chase away Kiir? Fools only.

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  • 15 March 13:54, by Lenin Bull

    May be Ethiopian Nuer will pretend like they don’t peace because they have Ethiopia for a country though we all know they are only second class citizens there. Play with your own future but South Sudan is marching ahead proudly and freely and may forget you soon, if it is not only the noise of TROIKA, and your master-minds in Khartoum!

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  • 15 March 15:01, by Naath

    The Dinka tribal gangs leader has never much what he says and his actions. Kiir sent his figurehead steering committee to Ethiopia to dialogue with Nuer about how to achieve peace. At the same time Kiir dispatched his military to displace remaining Nuer and distroy their belongings.

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