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Phase-2 of South Sudan peace revitalization talks ends without deal


A general view of the closing session of the IGAD brokered second phase of the HLRF on 23 May 2018 - (Photo Ethiopian FM)
May 23, 2018 (JUBA) - Rival parties in South Sudan peace talks concluded the Second Phase of the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) without striking a deal on the implementation of the governance and security arrangements.

In his closing remarks, the Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers and Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu Wednesday admitted the IGAD failure to bridge the gaps between the South Sudanese warring parties saying despite series of consultations conducted by the regional mediation, “we could not reach a break-through.”

Cebeyehu said the IGAD has submitted a bridging proposal to narrow the gaps between the parties based on identified challenges during the peace process.

"You may hear that some parties are not happy or other parties are content with the proposal of IGAD. But our consideration is strongly anchored on how the South Sudanese people would finally attain peace and tranquillity,” he further stressed.

The IGAD chair was alluding to a statement issued on Wednesday by the head of the SPLM-IO media committee Mabior Garang who announced his group rejection of the IGAD "A Bridging Proposal", saying "it is not consistent with the current realities in South Sudan".

"The IGAD "A BRIDGING PROPOSAL", is an endorsement of the status quo which emerged ln Juba after the collapse of the ARCISS. The IGAD Proposal further rewards the regime in Juba for their intransigence throughout the peace process and for their well-documented role in precipitating the collapse of the ARCISS in July, 2016."

"The SPLM\A (IO) does not believe that simply distributing positions will resolve the conflict, the SPLM\A (IO) objective is to effect fundamental change in our country," Mabior said.

An activist in Addis Ababa attending the peace forum told Sudan Tribune that all the opposition factions, both armed and non-armed have rejected the proposal pointing it gives more powers ana d larger percentage in the power-sharing to the government of President Salva Kiir.

The opposition rejects the recognition of the 32 states created by President Kiir, saying it goes against the terms of the 2011 constitution and the 2015 peace agreement.

South Sudan’s cabinet affairs minister and head of the government negotiating team, for his part, said the government remains committed to the revitalization forum based on the June 12, 2017, resolution of the IGAD heads of state and government.

Minister Martin Elia Lomoro recalled in a statement released on Wednesday that the revitalization forum aims to: a) restoring cessation of hostilities, b) full implementation of the 2015 peace agreement and c) developing a realistic timeline and implementation schedule towards a democratic election at the end of the transitional period.

"The above three objectives of the High-Level Revitalization Forum do not include talk of renegotiating the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict In South Sudan on a new basis. Therefore there is no need for identification of new political actors because this can affect the meaning and composition of Transitional Government of National Unity,” Lomoro further stressed in his statement.

Minister Cebeyehu said the Council of Ministers of IGAD would meet in the very near future. Adding "the Council would then submit to the Summit to deliberate on the outcomes of the revitalization process".


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  • 24 May 2018 03:24, by South South

    Mabior Garang MUST shut up and leave others to talk about peace. He is doing this shit because he has no one from his family in war zone. 16 factions in Addis Ababa, what kind of people are like that? Anyway, this is not our government problem, it’s rebels’ problem and they must deal with it.

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    • 24 May 2018 04:43, by Mayendit

      South Sudan

      Mabior Garang and more others from Twic politicians have chosen SPLA IO led by former Nassir movement leader because they are fearful that, militias Pro Riek Machar will invaded Twic communities again and this is why they stick stayed with them. Now Mabior Garang has shift to gen, Paul Malong Awan and Opposition Alliance but we will see how thing will go in the near time.

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    • 24 May 2018 06:55, by Eastern

      South South,

      I thought you should have realised your futile attempts of killing opponents to SHUT THEM UP, exiling Machar to distant South Africa to SHUT HIM UP, buying Taban Deng and his miserable followers to SHUT THEM UP and yapping everyday to SHUT UP South Sudanese is not paying the dividends. Why don’t you try something else? Doing the same thing over and over expecting differnt outcome is.

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      • 24 May 2018 06:56, by Eastern

        INSANITY. Are you insane?

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      • 24 May 2018 08:53, by South South


        I can believe myself when I see you talking like this now. You and others wicked rebels were praying before the peace starts to fail. I do believe you don’t remember that. 16 wicked factions with rebels and people think there will be an agreement with them. Show us what you can do now. Crying for AU and UN is not good enough to help you.

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        • 24 May 2018 18:56, by Eastern

          I don’t pray and I did not pray for this. I am a realist and saw this coming. There is no way peace and stability can be achieved in South Sudan with Kiir as ’the president’, never. This means, multiple rebellions will continue to emerge. Kiir is a symbol of failure and disunity. We may want to waste time on thinks like national dialogue, peace talks, etc, but as long as Kiir is the man in J1,....

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          • 24 May 2018 18:58, by Eastern

            ....forget about Kiir but just think of death and misery. I hate Kiir to the core!

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            • 24 May 2018 19:10, by South South


              You don’t jump into Nile River and then cry for help if you don’t know how to swim. Crying will not help you at all.

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    • 24 May 2018 09:43, by Theallseeingeye

      South South
      Mabior Garang is among respected Dinka who earns our because he is also among the Dinka who have balls to criticize inequity, corruptions, mismanagement,nepotism, tribalism in this country. This is because he posses the courage and earns every respect from Dinka, None Dinka, even the Arabs and the whole world just as his later father earns

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      • 24 May 2018 09:50, by Theallseeingeye

        I personally will respect him even if at some point he abandoned and oppositions and joined the Juba government because I will remind how he acknowledge the suffering of South Sudanese people under this brutal regime. this are the people who knows about bravery and the SLPM/A liberation era, he can just criticize any bad government just as his late father did with Khartoum Government...

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        • 24 May 2018 10:02, by Theallseeingeye

          this is an inherited divine of honesty, charisma, leadership skills, justice, courage and bravery this is a thing only few prominent educated Dinka figures are blessed with.in fact these are few Dinka individuals who still attract and harvest the respect and trust of others communities towards the Dinka. those are individuals who are most arguably perceived as a blessing to Dinka Community

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    • 24 May 2018 12:14, by jubaone

      South South
      Mabior Garang is pure SS but you’re from Abyei and so I’d advice you to know your confines and restrictions. You’re just for company and should just shut up. IGAD like JMEC clearly underpins Africa’s naivety and inability to resolve conflicts. Let foreigners just take over. Our Africans can’t lead, they have to be led. Sad but true.

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      • 24 May 2018 12:30, by South South

        Don’t be silly and coward. Talking about foreigners taking it over is a big joke and work of coward people. We have it in our hands the all world recognize that. If you can not fight, then join the peace and shut up. Saying this shit and that shit will not sit well with us.

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        • 24 May 2018 15:02, by jubaone

          South South
          Take it, spit it a or leave it. You are just a " juronit" a foreign settler and idler like the many Darfurians trying to make a living in SS. Try joining your fugitive uncle Malong perhaps then he’ll get you the SS nationality. You just saw Equatoria or Juba after 2012 and who knows where you were living your worthless jienge live b4. Jienge go home.

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          • 24 May 2018 15:10, by jubaone

            South South
            Darfurians, Congolese, Wewes, Habbash, Jellabas, Abyei jienges and diverse scum have all rushed to SS to make a living. After these jellaba slaves from Abyei sold off their lands, they have all migrated to Equatoria to grab our lands. This time around, we’ll NEVER give them space. See them around Juba market all squatting like hungry vultures.

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          • 24 May 2018 15:14, by South South


            Shut up loser and join peace, the only option for you right now. 16 wicked factions, wo is going to respect them, monkeys.

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            • 24 May 2018 19:16, by jubaone

              South South
              Jellaba slave and worthless Abyei jienge. Tell me your true luak and I’ll tell you how such a light-footed loser you are.Do you know where Gudele is? Or did you think we in Juba were distributing chunks of monkey 🐵 meat for starving jienges? No jienge boy.

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  • 24 May 2018 04:55, by Games

    IGAD should hand over the whole peace process to AU and the UN. (They) IGAD are actually widening the gaps of the parties and the Religious groups were honestly done good jobs for trying to bring the parties together compared to those bloody sucker so-called IGAD

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    • 24 May 2018 05:00, by Games

      Well done jobs to IO and Lam Akol factions for rejected the Salva Kiir and M7 proposals. Better to continue with war for bad peace.

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      • 24 May 2018 07:57, by jubaone

        The IGAD draft proposal wad initially compiled and edited by the jienge regime in Juba and simply handed to our short-leggef IGAD arbitrators. They were either bribed, coerced, terrorized or simply were indifferent as long as they got UD, EU finding. I’m happy that the entire opposition rejected this jienge bullshit.

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    • 24 May 2018 05:12, by Mayendit

      Games lacking commonsense.
      Can you define IGAD and the AU? The people who are running the AU are same people who runs IGAD organization. The peace agreement is failing because there are proposal that have violated the sovereignty of South Sudan nation. Riek Machar can not be reinstate three time in to VP, it has never happen in any country and will never be accepted. Let gen, Taban Deng Gai stay.

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  • 24 May 2018 04:58, by Mayendit

    The solution to the conflict is to re-branding National Dialogue Wunliet peace conference and that is what South Sudanese people want to do. It was said by former Kenya president Daniel Arop Moi that, the problems of South-Sudanese themselves can only be resolved by themselves using National Dialogue and communities peace and that is the only solution. IGAD, AU, other actors wouldn’t bring peace.

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  • 24 May 2018 05:06, by Games

    National Dialogue was widely rejected by the international community. Because its doesn’t make sense when Salva Kiir intentionally admitted that he doesn’t want Machar in it.
    I think you guys tried it, but failed.

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    • 24 May 2018 05:29, by Mayendit


      You can say whatever come to your mind but does not mean you know anything about problems solving and be aware the foreigners involvement can not and will not bring lasting peace in South Sudan. Every country has it own problem and the people themselves find way of resolved but our people are too primitives, desperate on poor leadership, this attitudes must be change otherwise, no need.

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      • 24 May 2018 08:04, by jubaone

        Jienges could not effect any development in their areas despite relative peace, looted monies and political domination. Even with full peace, they just can’t do anything. It’s therefore incumbent upon Equatorians to go for Equatexit. These idlers are a real human burden and we can’t carry, babysit and nurse them. We must extricate ourselves cuz they have no added value to us.

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      • 24 May 2018 08:08, by Theallseeingeye

        "foreigners involvement can not and will not bring lasting peace in South Sudan." you should have thought about it twice before you involve the UPDF in the 2013 war and you should think about it now when bribing the IGAD to jail Riak in South Africa and involving the Egyptian Air Forces, and JEM.

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  • 24 May 2018 06:07, by Lenin Bull

    Mabior Garang is joking with lives of innocent people in South Sudan. Playing stubborn boy’s role in this dangerous period in South Sudan is itself dangerous not only to innocent lives in the villages even in Addis and Nairobi! " Fundamental changes" cannot be brought over night or through barrels of guns alone. It can even be brought through peace, development,correct policies, correct vision,etc

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  • 24 May 2018 06:12, by Lenin Bull

    This reveals to the general public that Dr.Riek has surrounded himself with drug addicts and narcotics that are only tinkering with national issues when in reality they are drugs barons/warlords that do not care about the immense danger the current war has wrought on innocent people across the country, a people who were remnants of SPLA war with Arab-Islamic terrorists, who were only trying

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  • 24 May 2018 06:16, by Lenin Bull

    I didn’t know Mabior was such a moron and political simpleton as not to know to bring these ideal " fundamental changes" even through peace!. Nelson Mandela changed South Africa and brought huge "fundamental changes" more than some of his contemporaries through nonviolence and democracy. Why can’t SPLA-IO zealots spare us some peace and come back home to offer us their "fundamental changes?"

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  • 24 May 2018 06:20, by Lenin Bull

    Mabior and his cliques are war criminals and should they embark on war project again soon in South Sudan to kill innocent people suffering in the villages, the same war should be escalated to their comfort zones/homes in Nairobi, Kampala, Addis Ababa, US, Europe, Canada, and Australia. I’m damned serious here guys.

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  • 24 May 2018 06:26, by Lenin Bull

    It cannot be tolerated that thieves who have stolen national money and took it to build villas in foreign lands like Nairobi, and Uganda, and took their families there to escape war destruction, poverty, diseases, illiteracy, etc are turning around to destroy South Sudan because none of their relatives and families are here in hell like South Sudan!

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  • 24 May 2018 06:32, by Lenin Bull

    1 million dollars or was it 1 million KSH, golden plates, golden necklasses, golden chains, all bought with stolen money in South Sudan by Mabior and his mother were further stolen this week in Nairobi. Congratulations to the Mungiki thieves in Nairobi! Next attempt will be worse!

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    • 24 May 2018 08:21, by Theallseeingeye

      Lenin Bull
      "Why can’t SPLA-IO zealots spare us some peace and come back home to offer us their "fundamental changes?" do expect the IO to just surrender to you, in fact what this government in Juba is doing is far worst than what the Jallaba did to us, because cause unlike the Jallaba the government is doing it to its own people, therefore, don’t undermine the oppositions cause.

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  • 24 May 2018 10:13, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    political prostitution is the worse politics ever as you don’t have any standing ground, those who are moving from one defections to the other like a wind, we are watching them n have put remark on them, their movement,shift in this will come to an end one day one time but the history will remain on them and to the generation to come.

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  • 24 May 2018 11:04, by deng

    I knew from the beginning of consultation that there would be no agreement between warring parties, their argument based on who will have big share in power and governance, mentioned no human suffering on ground, no development projects mentioned, their purpose only who will handle public resources.

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  • 24 May 2018 13:33, by Kenyang ll

    As long Salva Kiir is there, no one should have an illusion about peace.

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    • 24 May 2018 19:23, by jubaone

      Kenyang II
      I bet you, this exactly must be the way the Kiirminal is running his family. I’m sure none of his kids have successfully joined a good public university. All just a bunch of losers. Like father like children. From nothing comes nothing.

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  • 24 May 2018 14:19, by JUR ATHÏT

    Those bunch of idiots just go to Addis Ababa to eat our money not because they will bring peace. Blood suckers!!!

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