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S. Sudan rebel say opposed to change of peace talks venue


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

March 21, 2018 (ADDIS ABABA) - The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition led by the former vice president, Riek Machar on Wednesday said the proposal by the government t in Juba to change the peace venue from Ethiopia to elsewhere is uncalled for.

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South Sudan’s opposition leader Riek Machar speaks during a briefing in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa April 9, 2016 (Photo Reuters/ Tiksa Negeri)

The South Sudanese government proposed on Monday that the venue for peace talks be changed, citing the political situation in neighbouring Ethiopia which has been hosting the talks since the conflict broke out in late 2013.

Peter Oyoyo Kleto, SPLM/A IO Deputy Representative to Tanzania told Sudan Tribune that the Juba government’s intention is to spoil the peace process.

“The claim that there is a political instability in Ethiopia cannot be a reason to change the venue,” said Kleto.

“First of all the demonstrations in the Oromia and Amhara regions in Ethiopia are never a threat to the Ethiopian government”

“In any case the file can be handed over to the African Union and the UN instead of trying to transfer the venue to some of those countries they mention which we all know are less stable than Ethiopia”

Kleto stresses that the government’s strategy to move the venue to one of the countries has a deliberate objectives which among he mentioned was to secretly cooperate with the leadership of the new host country to deny visas to some of the officials they want not to participate in the talks,

He also argued that moving the venue also intends to dictate their political positions on the oppositions with the full support of the host country.

It further targets “to arrest, assassinate and deport to Juba whoever they deem to be a threat to their unpopular policies”

“All these activities will never happen in Ethiopia. I am calling on IGAD member states to reject this crazy proposal to move the venue outside of Ethiopia”

“The other point I would like to make clear to all South Sudanese is that we all fought for this country for over 50 years and achieved our independence on July 9th, 2011, I see no reason why we should be fighting each other after achieving our independence”

“What is important now is to end the war and suffering of our people. The time for blame game is over”

He called upon the people on the government side under President Salva Kiir to be serious about ending the war.

“We need the other side of the coin Under president Salva Kiir to reciprocate the spirit so that the immense suffering of our people is brought to an end”.

“It is very shameful to see that it is outsiders who are more concern about the suffering of our people more than we the sons and daughters of this great country called the Republic of South Sudan.

“The fact that foreigners are more concern about the suffering of our people alone should have been enough for us to end this war without being pressured by anyone. We in the SPLM/A IO have one objective, and that is to end the war and suffering of our people and we are very committed to this noble position”.


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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  • 22 March 08:28, by Midit Mitot

    Juba government need to escape from peace talk, they are trying to create unfit move which does not bear any senses.

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  • 22 March 09:50, by Eastern

    The HLRF have largely failed thanks to the regime’s hardliner attitude. The next is to completely weaken the regime economically and finally ship individual hardliners to The Hague. Case Closed!

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    • 22 March 10:02, by Malakal county Simon

      Desperate government with crazy ideas lol!!!!

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      • 22 March 10:24, by Kush Natives

        Look at these kids in the bush! When we say this, they run around the pence thinking that they know how jump over the grasses pence, you guys have a terrible rebellion that will not bear you any single lice. If you keep opposing whatever government say, then where’s your destiny? U.N. will even get tired of collecting you in the jungles. Do you think peace process in Addis Ababa pays itself?

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        • 22 March 11:57, by Koryom2

          Mr. Kush Natives,
          ethiopia has its problems, Kenya, Somalia & North Sudan. Have damn own problems. Our problems would be best ironed out through our "National Dialogue". What is being peddled about in the hotels & bars of Adis Ababa has nothing to do with our country & our people’s real peace----it is all about the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & countries like ethiopia, North Sudan or Kenya>>>

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          • 22 March 12:02, by Koryom2

            which are trying to negotiate themselves or would want to bully themselves into our country to come & plunder it----our country is their new Eastern DRC. ethiopia & Kenya are these days being courted by the US, the UK & their allies to be used as their springboards to bully our country & they are being promised with aid, donations & some arms>>>

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            • 22 March 12:07, by Koryom2

              Northern Sudan on the other hand is also being courted by the US, the UK & their allies to be used as their springboard to destabilize our country & they are being promised with arms & removal from countries that support terrorism. Some South Sudanese are so dumb & stupid to even understand fully the reason as to why Barack Obama used to called our country his "US national security interest">>>

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              • 22 March 12:13, by Koryom2

                Fellows, sharpen your spears & replenish your arrows, What the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies are in between are desperately shopping for in our country & against our people is not going to end very well. The US thinks our country is her colony & our people are her subjects, but they evils are going to be bloody nosed pretty badly.

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        • 22 March 12:34, by Midit Mitot

          Kush Native & Koryom2-(Locust),

          You Nincompoop, though we are not in South Sudan, we will beating you thoroughly until your fake regime has apology, otherwise we are working hard to dump your government.

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    • 22 March 15:39, by jubaone

      People who have no idea about games and their rules often act erratically and irrationally. HLRF us like a game and you can’t suddenly try to change the rules or referee during the match. Third round is coming so Juba thugs must adhere to the rules. No change of venue. Period. Next.

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  • 22 March 10:51, by Theallseeingeye

    Kush Natives
    how many times did South Sudanese rebelled, signed an agreement with Khartoum and rebelled again? and even when the movement started back then some were discourage and were doubtful about the destiny of the movement. SO THIS IS NOT SOMETHING NEW. and by the way SPLM/A fought Jallaba for more than 20yrs, but now its yet 5yrs, HISTORY IS REPEATING IT SELF

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    • 22 March 10:55, by Theallseeingeye

      therefore a right is a right and must be harvest from Jallaba, Jienge or the Devil himself, harvest with and pride, dignity and honer.

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  • 22 March 14:15, by Sunday Junup

    It is a time for Juba to think otherwise it will be too late

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  • 22 March 18:31, by Naath

    The Dinka council of elders regime in Juba is so desperate in elongating the war while engaging looting, killing, raping and destructing South Sudan properties. Understand that South Sudanese will always stand tall against JCE tribalism policies.

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  • 22 March 20:30, by Lenin Bull

    You guys in IO are idiots full of self-contradiction and poor logic. The war is being elongated by you through more fighting and unnecessary conditions!! Hear what is happening Nasir? President must resign slogan when you are militarily weak, and your reliance on foreigners for overthrow of your own government and country. Change your heart first and believe in peace and unity of our people.

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  • 22 March 20:36, by Lenin Bull

    Kleto, please don’t kid all of us when you erroneously declare that "we all fought for this country" Mind you Dr.Riek Machar, Dr.Lam Akol and their useless folks never fought for this country. They helped the Mundukurus 1983, 1991- 2001, and now destabilizing our young country. They are sell-out elements always doing Mundukurus’s dirty jobs of destabilizing and shaming South Sudan.

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