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S. Sudan president expresses optimism at next round of talks


Ethiopian FM and Chairperson of the IGAD Council Workneh Gebeyehu shakes hands with President Salva Kiir in Juba following a meeting with the IGAD foreign ministers on 24 July 2017 (IGAD photo)
March 18, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan president Salva Kiir on Sunday said he was optimistic of positive outcomes at the new round of peace talks, saying all was now geared towards achieving internal peace as well as transformation into a democratic federal republic.

“I am optimistic peace will come to the country soon. There will be a light in the new round of peace talks. We have empowered our team and they will go and negotiate with all opposition groups in good faith,” Kiir told a meeting of the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) in the country’s capital, Juba.

He said he expects the cooperation of the international community and the region to persuade opposition parties to negotiate in good faith.

“Peace must become because we believe that by negotiating directly and seeking solutions based on a spirit of brotherhood, we would be able to achieve not only a more durable internal unity but also establish the Democratic Republic”, said Kiir.

The South Sudanese told the JCE members that all ethnic groups must negotiate and participate in the national dialogue based on the spirit of brotherhood, “with unqualified trust, unity and firm determination.”

“I have said before that these political processes currently being pursued like the SPLM reunification, revitalization forum and national dialogue are all efforts being rolled out to end this conflict,” said Kiir.

He further stressed, “We are now discussing and seeking solutions for the cessation of all internal armed conflicts and to establish a democratic republic firmly in accordance with the desire of our ethnic national brothers and sisters”.

The president said that without the recognizing the importance of sovereignty, establishing a federal democratic republic, which has been one of the demands of the people, would be out of reach.

He, however, said that for internal peace to be achieved, there should be mutual trust among the 64 ethnic groupings in the country.

South Sudan peace talks stalled last month over a text, mediators and opposition officials wanted to be added to a provision that authorizes levying punitive measures against individuals who violate the peace process.

The second phase of the High-level Revitalization Forum under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) was held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa from 5-16 February.

The second phase mainly discussed the implementation of a permanent cease-fire, which was part of the 2015 peace agreement; elaborate a revised and realistic timeline and a schedule towards general elections at the end of the interim period.

South Sudan has been mired in conflict between the government Kiir and rebels led by ex-Vice President Riek Machar since December 2013. The conflict has killed tens of thousands and displaced almost over 2 million people from their homes, including over a million refugees who fled to neighbouring nations.


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  • 18 March 20:23, by Games

    I doubt anything that comes out from Salva Kiir’s mouth. how a peace can be achieved when JCE which are responsible for millions of innocent life are still the ones running the country affairs.

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    • 19 March 07:02, by Midit Mitot

      Optimistic by mouth without implementation is a gesture air.

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  • 18 March 20:27, by Games

    In our sides, peace will be achieved when you JCE accepted the two armies principles, dissolved the entirely JCE government

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    • 18 March 23:58, by garrak1520

      No need for 2 armies, 2 armies is recipe for failure again. What is needed now that the country is broke is technocrats to take over the day to day operation , you can leave Salva kiir there as president but no control. You proceed to return to 10 states and elect governor for each state (not picked by Kiir), dissolve jink elders create a 64 elders (tribes of S.Sudan)one per tribe.

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    • 19 March 16:35, by Garang Akeen Tong


      Demanding two armies in one country is like milking cowstone, two armies for what?
      Remember J1 incendent, it was caused by two armies. Two armies no peace .

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  • 18 March 21:06, by lino

    Laplapla... Again; people need actions not talk and distractions!!! If it is all about nationalism, what brought back Jeing Cancer of Elders in plate?!

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    • 18 March 21:34, by South South

      Mr. President, you are doing the right thing to call for peace. We all want peace in our country. Let’s hope rebels will listen to the voice of wisdom from you.

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      • 19 March 00:02, by garrak1520

        To be frank, it is the government that is running away from peace. Culprits must be punished don’t care if the side of the opposition or government, and Salva Kiir must understand that he is not the King of South Sudan, elected by the people not by Jinks of Elders. Very Important. He represents 64 tribes.

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      • 19 March 10:01, by jubaone

        South South,
        Expressing blank optimism is one thing, "doing" peace is yet another. Forget, there´s no peace. Let´s fight it out and the winner takes it all. Case closed next.

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        • 19 March 11:14, by South South


          No one in South Sudan can have a real fight with our government. This is the only reason I call for peace as the best option for all. People like you can fight big war in internet only, let’s open the case.

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          • 19 March 16:23, by jubaone

            South South,
            No one is going to beg jienges to make or sign a peace deal. They can’t think, the rest are going to kneel b4 . savages and beg for peace. NO. NO. NO. Equatorians will NEVER be duped again like how Equatorians overwhelmingly voted for referendum in Jan 2011 only for Jienges to tell us..."we liberated SS". This time around, no foolish Jienge bullshitting. Get to ARCISS 2015 or none.

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        • 19 March 11:27, by Marco A. Wek

          Jubaone, internet fighting is what you know while there are real people affected by the real fighting on the ground. Stop agitating online when you are so caword that you hide your real name.

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          • 19 March 14:15, by jubaone

            South South,
            No time for worthless and endless discussions with you. Just pick up your gun and go fight, simple. You are the brave jienge warriors then go ahead. It’s ARCISS 2015 or none. Case closed.Next

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            • 19 March 17:26, by South South


              I do not want war, I want peace, but if useless Equatorians are making too much noises in internet and refuse to accept the peace, we have no choice, but to teach them very dear lessons about war.

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          • 19 March 14:21, by jubaone

            Marco Wek,
            You jienge scoundrel! You have turned SS into a shithole jienge republic. It is a failed state. Now you are desperate for peace bcoz no investors, no development and nothing seems to work in the jienge republic where hiring and firing of govt employees has become the kiirminal’s game. No peace in your terms. ARCISS 2015 or none. Otherwise continue with your Jienge republic. Closed.

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            • 19 March 23:00, by Marco A. Wek

              Jubaone, I feel sorry for you man. I know how you feel. There is old Sudan saying, when you can’t compete in equal terms with someone in the fight, throw stones at him. You have reduced yourself to a cursing lady. Another saying is, dog barks while camel walks. If you know some Arabic, you will understand what the sayings mean or else, get someone to interpret it for you in Bari.

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  • 18 March 22:06, by Nairobimitot

    I cannot wait for the peace to come.

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  • 19 March 00:24, by Mayendit

    The president is hopefully on the coming lasting chance while, the rebels in Yei River State in the West part and Kay-Kejo are preparing for war. In North Gambella region, the rebels are preparing to attacked Pagak county, Mawut county, Nasir county. Johnson Oloy also have been told to do same thing as well as Northern El Ghazal rebels. How positive the president on coming round peace?.

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  • 19 March 02:15, by dinkdong

    The only optimistic thing would be for Kiir and Riek to not be in any position to lead.

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    • 19 March 02:32, by Games

      Both men need in this current government as they are the ones that created this conflict even though it was primarily Salva Kiir is faults. The next government will be citizen choices whether they want to bring them back or voting them out for good.

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    • 19 March 02:35, by Koryom2

      Mr. Salva Kiir is the most naive & the weakest president on the face of this world to be honest. What the traitors like Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, Thomas Cirillo, Lam Akol, Majak & Agoot, Deng Aloor & Co. still doing in Nairobi, Khartoum or Adis Ababa? Where these traitors not part of the same failed govt since 2005-20012? What does the govt of South Sudan tells the countries of North Sudan>>>

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      • 19 March 02:42, by Koryom2

        ethiopia & Kenya which are hosting these thieves? Mr. clueless & naive president, Mr. Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, Thomas Cirillo, Lam Akol, Majak & Agoot, Deng Aloor & Co. are being intentionally held hostage by the self appointed "TROIKA" countries of the US, the UK, Norway, their UN & NGOs as their bargaining cards & blackmails to our country & our people so that the evils would crawl>>>>

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        • 19 March 02:48, by Koryom2

          themselves back into our country though these thieves & traitors. But the US, the UK, Norway, their UN & NGOs are scheming a very very dangerous game & they know it. But they (the US, the UK, Norway & their allies) don’t want to care however. Their only hope to regain their leverage they used to have over our country & our people is through these dirty intrigues of blackmails & all. But the evils>

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          • 19 March 02:52, by Koryom2

            have step on the wrong people feet, the South Sudanese people---this is a country of revengeful people. The US, the UK, Norway, their UN & NGOs have made themselves like they are our new colonists. But the evils have pushed our country & our people too far. National dialogue right here in side South Sudan & in front of South Sudanese people is the only right way to deal with our problems>>>>

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            • 19 March 03:00, by Koryom2

              And not from some foreign diktats from the white Americans, English people, the UN, the NGOs, ethiopians, North Sudanese or Kenyans. ethiopians, North Sudans, Kenyans, British & American people have own problems. But South Sudan’s problems are what every hyena around the world would always want to poke his/her long nose into. And we some of our thieves & traitors who have sold their damn souls>>>

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              • 19 March 03:04, by Koryom2

                to these foreign devils & they also want to sell our country & our people to hyenas also. If these traitors & thieves really think that they have anything to offer South Sudanese people again, then the criminals have been asked bring their treasonous asses back to South Sudan & register their damn own political parties to challenge the current government through elections>>>>>

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                • 19 March 03:12, by Koryom2

                  but the thieves & traitors are refusing, they want to their foreign masters from the UK, the UK, Norway, their UN & NGOs to renegotiate their entry back to the same country the thieves & traitors almost destroyed. Fellows, I always write this----South Sudan is going to like Somalia or worse. Because no one would allow the thieves & traitors like Rebecca’s Nyandeng, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol or Riek>>>

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                  • 19 March 03:17, by Koryom2

                    to bring their evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their UN & their NGOs into our villages---it is this simple fellows. The US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their evil juus, ethiopia, North Sudan, Kenya or any hyena that thinks it has anything in our country & over our people must come ask for it right here inside South Sudan & in front of South Sudanese people>>>>

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                    • 19 March 03:22, by Koryom2

                      all these bullsh*ts of taking our small internal issues to from hotels, brothels & bars has becomes an utter nuisance. Salva Kiir dalliance leadership & cowardness has been exploited by our fools & even our enemies. The reason Mr. Riek Machar was let off again is to any guise. And so do the traitors like Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot, Deng Aloor & Thomas Cirillo! An example should>>>>

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                      • 19 March 03:29, by Koryom2

                        have been given. Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Riek Machar, Mabior Nyandeng should have long since been ’arrested tried & hanged’ to give an example that treason against South Sudan & South Sudanese people is a red line. And Thomas Cirilo, Lam Akol & Rebecca Nyandeng should have been sent to jail for life & threw the damn jail keys away as a warning to other hooligans>>>>

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                        • 19 March 03:33, by Koryom2

                          But Salva Kiir naive & clueless has let every criminal in our country grow long horns---a little bit of ’de-horning’ is very badly needed here in South Sudan. Otherwise our country is going to be destroyed by these traitors & thieves>>>>

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                          • 19 March 03:38, by Koryom2

                            the President of Uganda, Rwanda, ethiopia & Egypt even do sometimes ’clip the long horns of their foreign puppets/stooges’ But if Mr. Salva Kiir is going to rule our country like a pope with the hyenas like the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their sleazy allies in between are desperately salivating to have their evil hands over our resources, lands, our Nile waters & to Geo-politically

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                            • 19 March 03:44, by Koryom2

                              chess game play our country & our people by proxy. Simply because the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their NGOs & their allies want to get rid of the Chinese companies out of our country and be replaced with evil corporate America, the UK & their allies companies like they did in DRC, CAR, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine or other countries>>>>

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                              • 19 March 03:50, by Koryom2

                                But the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their evil juus and their creepy allies are playing with fire as far as we are concerned. Countries like ethiopia & Kenya are being courted some these days by the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their evil juus as would be their allies & springboard to poke their evil long necks into our country to come & loot it & then ethiopia & Kenya>>>>

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                                • 19 March 03:56, by Koryom2

                                  would be rewarded by the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their evil juus with humanitarian aid, donations & even arms. This is the dirty game peddled around behind the scenes & some of our foolish South Sudanese would never understand these dirty intrigues----they just want free UN food rations from their damn US, the UN & the NGOs while complaint day & night about corruptions,>>>>

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                                  • 19 March 04:03, by Koryom2

                                    misuse of resources, Salva Kiir & JCE this & that, while not doing anything to help their sorry asses. Kenya, Uganda, North Sudan or ethiopia governments don’t distribute free food rations. But with some of our South Sudanese communities & their lazies, money grow from the trees according their twisted world view. That went their Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirillo, Rebecca Nyandeng, Lam Akol

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                                    • 19 March 04:08, by Koryom2

                                      Majak Agoot & Co. being held hostage by their foreign masters in foreign masters are allowed back. Then they will come & be distributing them free money & free food & the life continues to roll. And these are lazies the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their evil juus & some of their creepy allies in between are *holding them very dearly in our country* to let go>>>>

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                                      • 19 March 04:14, by Koryom2

                                        they are the most vulnerable species, to be kept hostage in these so-called UN filthy POCs compounds for their so-called damn own protection with ’UN weapons’ even when there is no damn war in our country. Some of our South Sudanese fools, we keep in forming you to get the hell out these so-called UN POCs sites, there is no war in our country>>>

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                                        • 19 March 04:20, by Koryom2

                                          the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their evil juus & some of their creepy allies in between are testing their so-called NEW WORLD ORDER government EXPERIMENT in our country & against our people. The US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between considered our country their creation & hence our country must be a US or European over sea’s protectorate>>>>

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                                          • 19 March 04:26, by Koryom2

                                            and our people to be the US, the UK, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between,s subjects or slaves. But good luck the US, the UK, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between. The evils are wasting their damn times & our times. The reason as to why the greatest charlatan called Barack Obama used to call our country his "US security national interest" was because the criminal>>>>

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                                            • 19 March 04:34, by Koryom2

                                              his then, secretary of state of state, Susan Rice, then of evil juus in the US, state department, Hillary Clinton & Susan Paige considered our country as a country as a country evil would honed their so-called US & UN foreign policy over it & our her peoples>>>https://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/28/world/africa/obama-ethiopia-south-sudan.html

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                                              • 19 March 04:40, by Koryom2

                                                First of all my South Sudan fools, Mr. Barack Obama, Susan Paige, Susan Rice, Ban Ki Moon, Hilde Johnson, Hillary Clinton & their bunch of evil juus of their then US states department were the ones that sponsored>>>>

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                                                • 19 March 04:46, by Koryom2

                                                  the 15/12/2013 foiled coup by Riek Machar, Taban Deng Gai, Alfred Lado Gore, Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot, Gatkuoth Gatluak & others that I am not going to mention here. But their damn coup failed, then the US, the UK, their UN & some of their allies in between nudged their Riek Machar puppet to run to ethiopia for negotiation with the government of South Sudan>>>>

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                                                  • 19 March 04:51, by Koryom2

                                                    and this was done by the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their evil juus & some of their creepy allies in between to save their *evil faces after they were caught red handed* with their regime change business through in our country. Fellows, these days, the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, evil juus, their creepy allies like ethiopia, Kenya & North Sudan don’t even hid their dirty intentions>>>

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                                                    • 19 March 04:57, by Koryom2

                                                      some of these days. And that is why the traitors like Lam Akol & Thomas Cirillo were *deliberately asked* by their masters from the US, the UK, their UN, North Sudan, their NGOs, their evil juus, ethiopia or Kenya to run to North Sudan & ethiopia purposely for these traitors & thieves to go & be used as bargaining chips against our country & our people>>>>

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                                                      • 19 March 05:03, by Koryom2

                                                        Now, not even a single South Sudanese fools even question as to why the same "thieves & traitors" who were ruling us since 2005—2012 when many of them (these foreign puppets/stooges) were fired for "incompetence, thievery & insubordination" but these fools are the ones being recycled back into our country by their foreign masters from the US, the UK, their UN>>>>>

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                                                        • 19 March 05:08, by Koryom2

                                                          NGOs, ethiopia, North Sudan, their evil juus or Kenya or some of their evils in between. But the traitors & thieves are playing with fire. The traitors are going to come & be killed---all of them. Who would want to live with the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their Arabs of Arabia, Abeshas (the so-called ethiopians) or Kenyans>>>>

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                                                          • 19 March 05:17, by Koryom2

                                                            Fellows, war is damn here. We are not part of the damn so-called Anglo-America empire. We are going to take back our Gambella region by force, Eleb triangle, Lockichogio, Kakuma North Sudan. Some of our South Sudanese fools; your US, the UK, their NGOs, their evil juus, their cloned arabs of North Sudan, ethiopians, Kenyans, Rwanda et al are considered to be more powerful than us by our enemies>>>

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                                                            • 19 March 05:21, by Koryom2

                                                              My fellows South Sudanese fools, here in East Africa, we will never ever welcomed anything that is connected to evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, the so-called ethiopians----we are the ethiopians. The cloned so-called arabs from Yemen & Saudia Arabia are called ethiopians? Good god? They are called *Abeshas*>>>>

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                                                              • 19 March 05:26, by Koryom2

                                                                Some of South Sudanese fools, game is over. We are back, the Dinka.Monyjieng men are back. There is going to fireworks here in region. And think, there going to be no any damn so-called ethiopia, North Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, the mighty US army base in Djibouti, their allies & their so-called israel in our region. Not again, we are back fellows>>>>

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                                                                • 19 March 05:32, by Koryom2

                                                                  Whoever that South Sudanese who wants to live with their evil white Americans, English people, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & some of their creepy allies in between who have been toying around with our country & our people for a very very long time>>>>

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                                                                  • 19 March 06:08, by Koryom2

                                                                    Some of our South Sudanese fools, WW3 is going to start here in our country & some of our Nuers, Shilluks, some Equatorians & some of our usual fools, we are going to bomb you evils. We are back fools. We are not part of your so-called Anglo-America country, we are an independence country----a Dinka/Monyjieng of the Sudan country simple & plain>>>>

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  • 19 March 09:24, by Sunday Junup

    you become virus in any article! you can never cover up your Jieng Chief. He always promise negative vow to South Sudanese every time and always Maykuey Lueth will continue with his usual word of ’’peace is at the corner’’

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