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South Sudan peace talks showing little progress: officials

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May 21, 2018 (ADDIS ABABA) – Little progress have been made on governance and power sharing at South Sudan’s high level peace talks mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Addis Ababa, religious leaders, opposition and government officials said.

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The High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) at the African Union Hall, Addis Ababa (Getty)

On Monday, delegates at the peace talks held a plenary session to listen to reports from the security and governance sub-committees.

The two reports were presented by religious leaders to IGAD mediators, regional and international partners overseeing the talks. The two documents contained detailed agreements on outstanding on governance issues and the transitional security arrangements.

Sub-committees on governance and security prepared these reports, which spelt out agreements to the principle of cantonment and a recommitment by the warring parties to the ceasefire accord.

South Sudan government spokesperson, Michael Makuei Leuth said the documents are expected to be signed and initialed on Tuesday.

"On security arrangements, people agreed on the cantonment, they have agreed on Article 2," he told reporters after Monday’s session.

Makuei said the warring parties also agreed on the unification of the forces. However, the timeline for the process was not agreed upon.

No progress, according to the minister, has been made on power-sharing ratios and a government structure, which are key in the talks.

The parties also agreed to respect the cessation of hostilities agreement signed in December last year, the official further stressed.

The armed opposition spokesperson, Lam Paul Gabriel gave a slightly different version of what happened at the talks in Addis Abba, insisting the integration of forces was not agreed upon.

“[President] Salva Kiir in 2014 admitted that 70% of the SPLA [Sudan People’s Liberation Army] soldiers defected to Dr [Riek] Machar; so if integration is to take place, the balance from their 30% can be integrated to us and not the other way round,” Lam said.

“What was discussed was the unification of all the forces to form a well-balanced National army, not a tribal army?” he added.

The army opposition official, however, acknowledged that the timeframe for the unification was not unanimously agreed upon.

“Our delegates discussed 18 months and also 6 months. Both proposals have been forwarded to leadership for final deliberations,” said Lam.

He further added, “The cantonment was agreed upon but its scope needs more discussion”.

IGAD WARNS PARTIES

The regional bloc, on Saturday, vowed not to tolerate any further violation of the cessation of hostilities accord by the warring parties.

While opening the second high-level revitalization forum on South Sudan in Addis Ababa on Thursday, the Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister and the current IGAD Council of Ministers chairperson, Workineh Gebeyehu called on all South Sudanese parties to reach to a consensus and to maintain the ceasefire by eliminating trust deficit to achieve peace and security in the country.

He further indicated that IGAD is ready to take actions against the two sides if they again attempt to violate the ceasefire agreement.

South Sudan descended into violence in December 2013 when internal wrangles within its ruling party (SPLM) turned violent. The conflict, now in its fifth year, has displaced millions of people.

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  • 22 May 08:24, by Malakal county Simon

    The illegitimate government statement of not wanting to share the power with Dr Machar and not wanting two armies, It’s cleared rejection of peace.... We have a long way to go forks and may God bring peace to our suffering people’s....

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    • 22 May 09:18, by Midit Mitot

      South Sudanese need peace, leave alone your personal interest on that talk.come-up with excellent solution that would unit citizens.

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  • 22 May 08:27, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    South Sudan should not be taken hostage by these greedy wolves (Kiir and Machar) For how long shall we keep quiet seeing our people dying in the bushes as well as in towns?

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  • 22 May 08:32, by Kush Natives

    Mr. Paul Lam, you’re deadly stupid enough, think outside the box, how would SPLA still 30%? We already filled up the gap immediately right when you left, and we’re now at 150%. So, it will be up to you to integrate 30% that escaped the death. Or you guys can abandoned them in the bush, since they’re useless to be integrated into the SPLA. Case closed!

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    • 22 May 09:46, by South South

      Kuch,
      50% of Riek’s forces are with us right now, they left Reik and joined us with Taban,so, we will take 10% of current Reik’s forces.

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      • 22 May 13:53, by jubaone

        South South
        Who are, do a nga? Just a jienge juronit from Abyei trying to sneak his way into SS politics. Think of how you can liberate Abyei instead of idling and squatting in Equatoria or Uganda. The best you can do now, is join fugitive Malong and start your jienge rebellion. One thing; we shall hunt you down if seen wandering around in Equatoria bushes. 👊 bam

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    • 22 May 10:15, by Midit Mitot

      Kuch Natives,

      you are the most Nincompoop person who does not know South Sudan political arena since then, don,t you read Salva Kiir message in 2014 saying that 70% from SPLA forces have defected to Dr Machar? if so, why are you idiots talking of IO integration in to your uncivilized forces?

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      • 22 May 11:50, by Kush Natives

        Midit Mitot,
        70% of your dreams is completely finished, think twice before you leave the bush. How many times will we repeat ourselves on this? You better call Riek, and find out exactly how many small boys called themselves white army he still have in the jungle. Bye the way, peace is peace, so mindless of your dreams.

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        • 22 May 12:38, by South South

          Kush Natives,

          Fact, majority of Reik’s IO forces defected with Taban Deng and they are now part of SPLA, a few pockets of resistance who are still with Reik now are less than 10% as 90% came back with Taban.

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    • 22 May 14:18, by jubaone

      Bush Natives
      There’s NO integration of forces. Each group must just return to their respective regions, period. Our forces of Thomas Cirillo, Bakasoro and IO-Riak will remain in Equatoria to build our own Equatoria Defence Forces EDF. From now all foreign jienge "mercenaries and occupation forces" are legitimate targets. No peace. Case closed.

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      • 22 May 20:25, by Kuch

        jubaone,
        Which are those areas your forces occupy in Equatoria? Probably in Northern Uganda, in refugee camps. The only major area still occupied by the rebels is Akoba. And Akoba was deliberately left alone by the government purposely not to push the criminals to edge. And that is where some ragtags would be contoned. The Gueleks are roaming in Kosti & Khartoum. So Mister, those negotiations are>

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        • 22 May 20:31, by Kuch

          pretty much in the government favor chap. The worse part is: It is all about negotiation over the positions as expected. The traitors & thieves like Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Thomas Cirilllo & Co. want their old positions back so that they can come do the same infighting & steal more & rebel & run to foreign countries for negotiation>>>

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          • 22 May 20:36, by Kuch

            Instead the whole mediation should have been about reforming the entire security & the national army. Which should not be done in foreign capitals but right here inside South Sudan. The thing has gone back to negotiations about getting back the old lost positions. And many of South Sudanese idiots don’t see what is wrong this kind of behavior>>>>

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            • 22 May 20:39, by Kuch

              If the mediation were to here in South Sudan, then these traitors & thieves would have been challenged pretty seriously by the masses. But their foreign backers from the so-called TROIKA countries know this fact & that is why they always take negotiations to the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa>>>

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              • 22 May 20:43, by Kuch

                to avoid backlash, but the whole thing often come & explode in the shifty faces back home on the ground like it happened in 2016. Anyway, as l have stated a numerous of times on this forum. The US, the UK, Norway, their UN & their NGOs have lost leverage over the current government of South Sudan>>>

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                • 22 May 20:48, by Kuch

                  but their only leverage they have over South Sudan & the South Sudanese people are the Riek Machar rebels, Thomas Cirillo, Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Lam Akol, Rebecca Nyandeng & Co. And they are using these sellouts, thieves & traitors as their blackmails & bargaining cards over the South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. And this is precisely for the US, the UK, Norway, their UN & their NGOs>>>>

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                  • 22 May 20:54, by Kuch

                    to crawl themselves back into our country purposely to come & plunder it like they had/are doing next door in DRC, CAR, Libya, Mali, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen or Ukraine. But the US, the UK, Norway, their UN, their NGOs & their allies like ethiopia, Djibouti & North Sudan will have a tough ride here in our country to be honest>>>>

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                    • 22 May 20:58, by Kuch

                      Many lowly informed South Sudanese people do not know that the dirty game the US, the UK, Norway, their UN, their NGOs & their allies like ethiopia, North Sudan & Djibouti are playing over our country & our people. The US, the UK, Norway, their UN & their NGOs are the ones negotiating themselves back into our country since regime business has been utterly decimated>>>

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                      • 22 May 21:04, by Kuch

                        For the US, the UK, Norway, their UN & their NGOs to achieve this goal. They have to use their puppets/stooges or traitors like Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirilo, Deng Alor, Majak Agoot & others to come & share power with the current government. The US, the UK, Norway, their UN, their NGOs & their IGAD busybodies or lackeys know that this is going to come & be like what happened in July 2016>>>

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                        • 22 May 21:07, by Kuch

                          But the US, the UK, Norway, their UN, their NGOs & their IGAD busybodies or lackeys know, there is no any other way to crawl themselves back to South Sudan excerpt they must use their puppets/stooges or traitors like Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirilo, Deng Alor, Majak Agoot & others fellows>>>

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                          • 22 May 21:31, by Kuch

                            The US, the UK, Norway, their UN, their NGOs & their IGAD busybodies or lackeys know what they are doing to our country & our people is absolutely. But who says the US, the UK, Norway, their UN, their NGOs & their NGOs give a damn about some African wretches & fools. The US, the UK, Norway, their UN & their NGOs consider our country to be their over sea’s protectorate & our people>>>>

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                            • 22 May 21:39, by Kuch

                              as their subjects/slaves. Our country is considered to have been midwifed with the US & countries of good will money and hence, our country must be a US & those so-called countries of good will colony & our people their subjects/slaves. How many countries on earth have ever been created by the US or other countries of good will? None that l know of fellows>>>

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                              • 22 May 21:47, by Kuch

                                Fellows, a country of Liberia was created by the US with the former West African slaves from the Americas & that is why their country is called Liberia----after liberated slaves & their capital city named after US president James Monroe---Monrovia. Seirra Leone is another country that was created by the UK with the former West African slaves from the Americas & the Caribbean>>>

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                                • 22 May 22:17, by Kuch

                                  and the Seirra Leone city was named ’Freetown’, the former slaves were ’freed’. These countries of ’Liberia & Seirra Leon (Mountain lion)’ were created by the US & the US respectively, but you know what my South Sudanese fools, what did the US & the UK gave these countries? Ebola (new strand) fellows, the US, the UK & their allies tasted their Ebola on the people of Guinea in 2014>>>>

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                                  • 22 May 22:31, by Kuch

                                    Some of my South Sudanese fools, you will not be surprised to hear your corporate America, the UK, France, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between that our ’country also has Ebola’ like their current bullsh*t in DRC. But tell this facts to some of South Sudanese fools, and they will brand you that ’you are mentally ill’ as if they are your psychiatrists>>>

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                                    • 22 May 22:37, by Kuch

                                      My fellow South Sudanese fools, the US, the UK, France, their UN, their evil juus, their sleazy NGOs and some of their creepy allies in between like ethiopia, North Sudan, Djibouti, their gulf Arab states paymasters & they are desperately courting Kenya to use them as their springboard to bully our country & our people>>>>

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                                      • 22 May 22:42, by Kuch

                                        and that is why the evils have been keeping the traitors & thieves like Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Rebecca Nyandeng, Adwok Nyabe, Thomas Cirillo, Lam Akol & Co. in Nairobi, Adis Ababa or Khartoum & some of their other creepy allies in between. Fellows, we are going to bomb the mighty US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their gulf Arab states, North Sudan, Abeshas (ethiopia)>>>

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                                        • 22 May 22:48, by Kuch

                                          their Djibouti & some of their creepy allies in between out of our country once & for all & to near oblivion. Our Country is not & has never ever been part of the so-called ANGLO-AMERICA & it never be. Fellows, pure HATRED & RACISM. Who really want to live with the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, cloned so-called arab of North Sudan, gulf Arab states, Abeshas or Djibouti?>

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                                          • 22 May 22:52, by Kuch

                                            Fellows, the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, Abeshas (the so-called ethiopians), Djibouti & some of their creepy allies in between love affair with our country & our people has gone too far & it must stop>>>

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                                            • 22 May 22:55, by Kuch

                                              We keep telling our South Sudanese fools that their evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, Abeshas (the so-called ethiopians), Djibouti & some of their creepy allies in between are not their allies or uncles as they are always projected to be,>>>>

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                                              • 22 May 23:07, by Kuch

                                                they are their pure enemies. But there are some lowly informed fools who believe & worship the evil white Americans, English people, their gulf Arab states paymasters, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, Abeshas (ethiopians) & even Kenyans; our country & our people had/is being Geo-politically played around by our enemies>>>

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                                                • 22 May 23:14, by Kuch

                                                  My South Sudanese fools, what is being toyed around here in our country & against our country in foreign hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa or Nairobi is not a COLD WAR some of these days----it is a HOT WAR. We are back fellows.

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  • 22 May 08:43, by Theone

    This is not a peace talk and will never be a peace, IT IS THE POSITION TALK, most of them were Khartoum rats and now they are Juba rats

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  • 22 May 10:34, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    It is very unfortunate frustrating that the peace accord is showing little progress! Whose problem is it? to what extend will it be something that is of seat warmer and yet my people are suffering in the eyes of the world.

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  • 22 May 13:13, by Games

    South Shit
    Taban joined you Dinka with unarmed desperate politicians that were looking for positions. The real IO well trained and fully displinces soliders have never defected to Taban Deng. Taban is using Nuer civilians and those Nuerwew who remain with you Dinka in 2013.

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    • 22 May 13:23, by South South

      Games,

      You loser shut up. White Army was totally crushed and a few of them who were left are now roaming streets in Ethiopia and Khartoum.Some wicked Nuers thought they will win the war, but now they are back to square one asking for positions. ALMIGHTY NUERS never been defeated? What? You have tasted what you were asking for. You will get 10% to be integrated to SPLA, case is closed, next

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  • 22 May 13:54, by Games

    South Shit
    10% of what? You must be in coma in the hospital. How would you integrate South Sudan national army into the Uganda army? You need help South Shit...this is how the national army will look like when peace returns. Equatorians will contribute to 25%, Nuer 30%, Dinka 15% and the rests would to minority tribes

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  • 22 May 15:28, by Naath

    Any peace talks that allows Salva Kiir, the leader of of Dinka tribal gangs to continue lead South Sudan will not work. Salva Kiir and his Dinka Council of bullshit have turned South Sudan into a shithouse.

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  • 22 May 18:50, by William

    I told you that there is no peace for South Sudan coming from Addis Ababa. Only gun for killing yourselves always comes from Addis. Power sharing cannot bring peace in South Sudan but more war. Creating good system can bring peace no matter who leading the nation.

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  • 22 May 19:06, by William

    It is shameful for nation that people kill themselves simply because of position. Everyone including mediators knew that rebellion occurred in S Sudan because everyone want to be president, minister, and general. Now the peace talk in Addis is for positions. What prevent others to rebel tomorrow and claim for power sharing?

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  • 22 May 19:21, by William

    South Sudanese right now are not ready for peace. South Sudan will be ready for peace when they stop mentioning 60 tribes whatever number of tribes in South Sudan and call themselves South Sudanese, that is when the peace come to S Sudan. The more they know they are tribes, the more the peace in far and the more they are S Sudanese, they in peace. Mention 60 tribes encourage more division among...

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