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South Sudan peace not around the corner: first vice president

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Taban Deng Gai addresses delegates after he was sworn-in as South Sudan FVP inside the Presidential Palace in the capital of Juba, July 26, 2016 (Photo Reuters/ Jok Solomun)

March 28, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai Wednesday has expressed doubt that peace was around the corner, saying differences between the armed and non-armed opposition were huge and wide

"Some people say peace is around the corner. I would say it is not. The gap between what the government proposes as the way to resolving the current situation and what the opposition is proposing is huge and wide. It is difficult to close," said Taban Deng Gai in a statement broadcast by the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation.

Gai was speaking at a political function organized by his faction under the theme ‘give peace a chance’ attended by high-level delegates including Minister of Public Service and Dhieu Mathok, head of the Youth league, who underlined the importance of peace and security in governance.

The South Sudanese former rebel chief negotiator who turned an ally of the incumbent president made his remarks after a decision by the IGAD countries to end the confinement of the former First Vice President Riek Machar in South Africa and to bring to a country that has no direct border with South Sudan.

The decision angered the government in Juba because all its strategy aimed at keeping him held in South African even.

Gai further claimed that Troika countries were still advocating regime change through the opposition.

“The opposition groups are saying the president must either accept Riek Machar or go together. For us, this is a nonstarter. If Riek comes to Juba, it means another war and our people are not ready for it,” he said.

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  • 28 March 23:39, by Edward Marshall

    We know very clearly most of you not interested on peace and about the releasing of the IO leader Dr R Machar etc.We the South Sudanese needs peace or else all of you must honestly leave, for you are not the only educated South Sudanese. We are honestly very tired of you damn useless leaders.

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    • 29 March 07:25, by Nairobimitot

      If The USA succeed in destroying the President Salva Kiir Government, The future of South Sudan will be very limited because South Sudanese will be poor forever in their own country. In the future, I am afraid the South Sudanese will be crying for help from Arabs. Good luck to you all on your confusing prospect of not knowing the value of unity of the people of South Sudan. Let the slaves bring the

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      • 29 March 08:27, by Theallseeingeye

        Nairobimitot

        all what u are concern about is true now, we are much poorer than ever before and we will never be more poorer than that again. also our current gov is not only seeking help from Arab league but wanted to sell us to the Arab again. therefore we have nothing to loose anymore, so lets go ahead to seek solution to this crises by trail and error even if that would require regime change.

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      • 29 March 16:54, by garrak1520

        Kiir and cronies destroy South Sudan, leave the US, remember they contributed $11 billion to your country after independence, and where is that money? What is there to destroy in South Sudan, the Mercedes of Kiir or the bank account of thieves abroad. Please change topic and stop this nonsense. You forget the suffering of the people. 4 Million starving, 1 to 2 Million roaming the country etc.

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    • 29 March 16:48, by garrak1520

      Taban, you are a selfish bastard. Your interest is to keep the war ongoing without consideration to the people of South Sudan . You must be ashamed of yourself by keeping the people hostage. Shame on you and Shame on Salva kiir who brought you in. You couldn’t defeat IO, therefore NEGOTIATE and find a solution for S.S even if it is costing your seat or privilege, that’s noble.

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  • 29 March 02:44, by lino

    All these SS leaders must go, as people of SS are tired of you!!! Government of opposition leaders pack up and leave immediately!!! South Sudan will be better than all of you. Work together or quit!!!

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    • 29 March 03:13, by Koryom2

      That is the honest answer l have ever heard so far. As long as we have some of fools who have sold their souls to foreign devils of the US, the UK, their UN & some of their allies. And are keeping South Sudan & the South Sudanese people at ransom in foreign capitals simply because they want to their foreign masters to haul their traitorous asses back to the country the losers want to sell out for>

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      • 29 March 03:21, by Koryom2

        positions, we are going to wait a little longer fellows to have an absolute people in our country. Everyone with a shred of intelligent knows the real enemies to peace in our country are the so-called TROIKA countries. And their puppets. These so-called TROIKA countries want to negotiate themselves back into our country & their only bargaining chips are their puppets they are holding them hostage>

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        • 29 March 03:28, by Koryom2

          in foreign countries. These so-called TROIKA countries have taken the stead of the oppositions & they are the ones which are trying to bully themselves back into our country. But not to been as if they are acting as our country & our people’s new colonists or masters. They are using the IGAD & to some small extend the AU as their ’indirect’ bullies to our country & our people. But as always>>>

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          • 29 March 03:32, by Koryom2

            our South Sudanese dullards are not reading in between the lines that their so-called TROIKA countries are our real enemies. These Troika countries know pretty damn well that there is no real war in our country. But to keep themselves relevant, they must all propagate their outrageous lies after lies that there is still raging war in our country with their massive propaganda machines>>>>

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            • 29 March 03:38, by Koryom2

              Fellows, when l always post on this websites & other sites that our country & our people are being Geo-politically football played by our enemies as their COLD-WAR-like firewood like in 1960th Eastern Congo, Angola, Mozambique, Cuba et al and are yet again at it next door in Congo, CAR, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or Ukraine>>>>

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              • 29 March 03:44, by Koryom2

                then some of our lowly informed idiots just swept valuable warnings aside. Because the fools don’t know anything outside their, foolish noses, Riek Machar & free UN food rations. Ask some our South Sudanese fools as to why their evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their allies are so fixated on our country & our people when there massive problems in DRC, CAR,>>>

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                • 29 March 03:50, by Koryom2

                  Darfur, Southern Blue Nile, Southern Khardupan, Libya, Somalia, ethiopia and some of fools would look at you foolishly & say---because South Sudan & South Sudanese people are God chosen people!! The evil corporate America, the UK, France & their allies have destroyed Libya, CAR & other countries but their most prized country with resources, land, water & to use a proxy against the present>>>>

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                  • 29 March 03:54, by Koryom2

                    of the Chinese companies is our country & that why the greatest on earth---Mr. Barack Obama used to called our country----his "US national security interest" But with lowly informed idiots like some our Nuers, some Equatorians & our traitors like Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot, Pagan Auom, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirillo & Co. What could go wrong?>>>

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                    • 29 March 03:59, by Koryom2

                      For all l care, the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between, are wasting their damn times & our times. Who would welcome these vermins into their villages? Who would the evil white Americans, British people, their evil juus, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan & Arabia in their villages? None that l know of>>>

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                      • 29 March 10:34, by DumoMakuachdit

                        Koryom!!!!!!!!

                        It is too early to complains your Gogrial’s government is gone, it is matter of days.

                        Our friends troika must do something before April to make sure Mr. Innu is gone with his useless Gogrialism ideology.

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      • 29 March 08:25, by Whortti Bor Manza

        Ya kory on,
        If South Sudan is an ally to Egypt, Uganda, Ethiopian, Kenya and recently Sudan, and US is the one financing those Countries, how comes that. I think the time has not yet come for the regime change. It wouldn’t take hours for U.S. TO do so

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    • 29 March 05:29, by lino

      Correction: government or oppositions..

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    • 29 March 15:32, by jubaone

      Lino,
      In world history, no despots or worthless leaders have voluntarily abdicated power. They must be flushed out by force. This is the force the opposition and masses of SS is dreaming of. It won’t come easily or soon. It’s upon us to organize, mobilize and pounce instead of agonizing and complaining. Equatoria must move.

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  • 29 March 07:57, by Eastern

    For the first time, this OPPORTUNIST, Taban Deng has spoken the truth. The bond of the Kiir-Taban alliance of deciet is stronger than that between the various opposition groups. IDPs and Refugees get prepared to be where you are for much longer!

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    • 29 March 11:09, by jubaone

      The Kiirminal and nus-jellaba Taban are worthless as two sides of the same coin; both are simply shitholes. There will be NO peace in SS for the next 10-20 yrs. Equatorians must wake up from this slumber and shock to take charge of themselves and call a new "State of Equatoria". The jienges and nyagats have NO added value to us except hinder our progress. They are a human burden to us. Equatexit.

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  • 29 March 08:13, by Sunday Junup

    Taban Nyekek is disgrace to his Mother

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  • 29 March 13:20, by Charles Majok

    The real threats to peace are the illiterate President, Salava, the illiterate First Vice President, Taban Gai Deng, and their lap-dog, James Wani Igga or the commedian.

    I am ashamed to be a member of the SPLM-IG because it has been marginalised by the sick old men in the Jieng Council of Elders and their puppets.

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  • 29 March 13:27, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Taban Deng Gai, should be accountable of South Sudan mesh.

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    • 29 March 14:49, by Rami Tot

      Dear all
      pls do not blame troika and their Agencies, for they are not the told you fight among yourselves, now it is not America alone having interest in south Sudan resources of course our neighboring countries like Uganda and Kenya who see south Sudan prosperous as a threat to them, so they must keep south Sudan suffering until they deplete our resources for good, meanwhile the government

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      • 29 March 14:55, by Rami Tot

        Dinka government is longing support from Kenya and Uganda to exile Riek Machar from theatre of conflict, which they do not know without Riek Machar this conflict will not be resolves, secondly if the root course is not addressed the conflict will erupt again anytime, now those who are defected to government those of Taban are actually loyal to government they can be the once rebel too

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  • 30 March 08:45, by Monye Kurok

    "There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com" This is from Sudan Tribune. Just a reminder to those idiots who writes articles instead of just comments. You are boring people, don’t think people read the whole thing. Wise up and learn to summarize.

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