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South Sudan’s Kiir, Ethiopia’s Abiy hold talks on peace and UN sanctions


Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (R) and President Salva Kiir shake hands in Addis Ababa on 30 May 2018 (Photo ENA)
May 30, 2018 (JUBA/ADDIS ABABA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir Wednesday was in Addis Ababa to discuss the IGAD brokered peace forum on the implementation of 2015 peace agreement but also the looming UN sanctions on his senior ministers.

The visit comes 24 hours before an extraordinary meeting on the stalled peace forum of the IGAD Council of Ministers chaired by Ethiopia. Also, on Thursday the UN Security Council will deliberate and vote on individual sanctions targeting his top ministers.

Following a meeting with the visiting South Sudanese president, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed the support of his country to the peace forum adding that Addis Abba would continue to work hard for peace and stability in the neighbouring troubled South Sudan.

"We cannot have peace (in Ethiopia) unless there is peace in neighbouring countries," said Abiy, adding that “Ethiopia will work in cooperation with neighbouring countries to achieve development and growth plans".

President Kiir said on his part "Ethiopia is not only a supportive neighbour but our country," reported the official ENA news agency.

Last week, the peace forum suspended its meetings after the failure of the South Sudanese parties to back a draft agreement elaborated by the mediation reinstating the former First Vice President Riek Machar in his position but maintained a controversial regional administration reform establishing 32 states.

During the past months, President Kiir had sought to convince the IGAD leaders and South African to keep Machar far from the peace talks or his return to Juba as first vice-president.

It is not clear if Kiir came to insist on his position on Machar and to request the IGAD Council of Ministers to take it into consideration.

The agenda of the IGAD ministerial meeting, seen by Sudan Tribune, shows that the meeting would discuss two reports on the progress made in the peace process and the ceasefire violations.

The meeting further will discuss the "consideration of the punitive measures that should be taken against violators of CoHA," reads the agenda.

The spokesperson of the South Sudanese presidency Ateny Wek Ateny told reporters at Juba Airport upon Kiir departure that the President would discuss the UN Security Council sanctions on three senior ministers and a military commander.

During an informal meeting of the Security Council on 25 May, Ethiopia which is a non-permanent member at the Security Council contested the draft resolution submitted by the U.S., the penholder on South Sudan, saying the draft had to presented by the IGAD countries.

Juba seeks to convince Russia and China to use their veto against the resolution. But if they abstain, the abstention of three African Unions countries at the Security Council, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire and Equatorial Guinéa, plus two countries like Kuwait or Kazakhstan can prevent the adoption of the resolution which needs get the vote of 9 members out of the 15 total members.

During the informal meeting of last Thursday, Cote d’Ivoire and Equatorial Guinéa said they would vote for the resolution. Ethiopia said it would abstain, the
same for Russia and China.

Juba says the sanctions resolution if passed would embolden the opposition groups and push them to resist regional pressures to make the needed concessions.

However, opposition officials retort by pointing to Juba intransigence in the talks and the repeated violations by its army of the cessation of hostilities agreement.

The draft resolution includes Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk, Malek Reuben Riak Rengu, Deputy Chief of Defence for Logistics in South Sudan’s army, Minister of Cabinet Affairs Martin Elia Lomuro, and Minister of Information Michael Makuei Lueth.


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  • 31 May 2018 02:23, by Games

    Hahahahaha, Salva Kiir and his JCE are Diplomatically lossing battles against Oppositions. Yesterday Kenya government came to its sense and now is acting as a neutral from the conflict. Again, Ethiopia government is advising Salva Kiir to act quick before it too late.

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    • 31 May 2018 04:57, by Uncle J

      Dude! That is fake news don’t f**k*** put too much trust on it. President Uhuru Na Kazi already did great job deporting the most idiot James Gatdet Dak back to his own city so he can continue makes big news in Juba. Now what happened? Gatdet is going through hell both detained with his boss Dr. Risky and that’s how bad politics is

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      • 31 May 2018 06:42, by gatkhor Nueri

        @Mr. Uncle J
        Let me advise you seriously in the bible.

        Matthew 7:12- So in everything,do to others what you would have them do to you,for this sum up the law and the prophets.you bear it on your mind seriously this quote of bible.

        happy bad news to you Uncle J

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        • 31 May 2018 06:49, by gatkhor Nueri

          @ncle J. now you are dancing because James Gatdet Dak he is in jail,remember this,one day one time,someone else will dance with your problem.
          if I am wrong,try to us the elders people the will tell you same my advise to you dear.

          take good example from King Paul Malong, and he become Queen Paul Malong.

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          • 31 May 2018 07:27, by South South

            gatkhor Nueri,

            Let’s use use Mathew 7:12 to talk about Riek’s situation. Riek is a criminal in jail in South Sudan. He used to kill innocent people in South Sudan, so forget about James Gatdet who will be hanged soon in Juba, but talk about your leader Riek Machar who is in jail too. From been a leader to a jail criminal, enjoy.

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          • 31 May 2018 07:30, by Uncle J

            @Gatkor Nueri,
            So why you didn’t advise Gatdet Dak on how he was racklesly playing politics against his own country? Did that thing ever comes to your mind that one day Gatdet would face his true master?

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            • 31 May 2018 08:10, by Games

              Uncle J and South Shit
              It’s part of war, whether Gatdet Dak and others Oppositions activities are killed or in Jails are part of struggles. Of course, you JCE have all the money in the country, but wasted through bribery, burying some of the Oppositionss. But your money had finished and we are square up again.

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              • 31 May 2018 08:20, by Eastern


                EXCELLENT! James Gatdet can be hanged and Dr. Machar kept in Robin’s Island, but the people’s revolution cannot be be killed or jailed - an IDEA CANNOT BE JAILED AND KILLED..!

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                • 31 May 2018 12:16, by South South

                  Who says a man who is stupid can think to have an idea? Who says ugly man can really lecture real people about war? Who says coward man can talk like real people? The country MUST be left to real people to fix it, then dumb asses people will be invited to follow, case is closed, next?

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              • 31 May 2018 12:17, by South South

                Mentally retarded Games, you are nothing but dumb ass.

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                • 31 May 2018 14:19, by Games

                  South Shit
                  You all Dinka are nothing to us for everythings and I mean absolutely everythings. You have hired the Eastern Africa and North Sudan rebells, but failed to defeat us. You have jailed Machar and kidnapping the Oppositions actives, IO is still stronger than before. Jeing.. Mean.. Slaves in English and you are Slaves.. And Slaves ate always remain Slaves despite of how hard you trains the

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                  • 31 May 2018 14:50, by jubaone

                    Thank you. In Juba, someone who has schizophrenia and psychosis is said to be "mu jiengjieng", unsteady, erratic, forgetful and just an idiot. This goes well with jienges. So if you say "inta malu mujiengjieng?". Why are you unsteady in mind? This is the best description of jienges. They are UNRELIABLE, UNCONTROLLABLE

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                    • 31 May 2018 15:38, by Butish Chuetrol Naka

                      All the 64 tribes of South Sudan are good people.the are all controllable but because of high rate of illiteracy that is why you see a lot of uncontrollable individuals in South Sudan but with time this situation will change gradually.

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                  • 31 May 2018 15:26, by South South

                    Games mentally retarded, we fought all Sudan including Nuer militias and Eqautoria militias, but we won, we never cried like the way you are doing now. We can do anything we want with you.

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                    • 31 May 2018 17:05, by jubaone

                      South South
                      Jienge cowards didn’t fight. Most dashed to Nimule, Kakuma and squatted only to be resettled as lost boys. The war was fought mostly in Equatoria and Upper Nile. Bahr el ghasal was a land of slaves who preferred to go to El Obeid or Darfur. Jiengeland had and still has NO strategic nor military importance. Just junk.

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                  • 31 May 2018 15:50, by Butish Chuetrol Naka

                    I am against your hot comment brother, I know you others and I can changed this Country if we don,t comment likes that. I am from that useless tribe as you discribe but am not against your comment because of being a Dinka but I want you to be an advocate of peaceful South Sudan though there are cases of tribes division.

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                    • 31 May 2018 16:43, by South South

                      Butish Chuetrol Naka,

                      There is no useless tribe in South Sudan my brother. If people talk like you, we will get peace soon.

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                  • 31 May 2018 17:13, by jubaone

                    Thank you. Just wait and see. These jienge cowards of Malong under SSUF can’t do anything. Some like Lual Akeen, Ajang Bol Ajang have dashed to Juba already. Even the fighting in Greater Upper Nile is among Nuers while jienges have run 🏃 to Nimule or resettled to Uganda and Kenya. Losers.

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                • 31 May 2018 14:44, by jubaone

                  South South
                  I even didn’t know jienges like you would ever think. Let alone understanding someone can be mentally retarded. Jienges like you have big bodies with small brains that are customized to doing little things. That is why you are lazy thinkers something akin to chicken 🍗 brains

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                  • 31 May 2018 15:27, by South South


                    Shut up and follow us to lead ugly old man. You have no value without us.

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                    • 31 May 2018 17:07, by jubaone

                      Equatoria is like the head of the body, jiengeland is like a shithole. Your relevance is to pass out shit. You can’t help the body grow.

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                    • 31 May 2018 17:17, by jubaone

                      South South
                      Once I see you again walking 🚶 naked in Juba, I’ll personally ensure that you are whooped or smacked on your naked butt. You will forced to carry for us water like what your relatives did in the 70s until kokora. Watch out ya Aryan jienge.

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    • 31 May 2018 18:14, by Mi diit

      Now that the hero is released from detention in South Africa, South Sudan will soon breath. The release of Dr. Riek Machar Teny is the same to the release of late hero Nelson Mandela in the 90s.
      Long live Dr. Machar
      Long live SPLM /A IO
      Long live South Sudan

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  • 31 May 2018 15:30, by Butish Chuetrol Naka

    South Sudanese should know that Addis Ababa can not bring peace to our beloved country, and if that the case why don,t we create our own Addis Ababa here in our country if we want a real sustainable peace. otherwise criticizing ourselves will take as nowhere

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