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IGAD sets deadline for Kiir-Machar face-to-face talks

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President Salva Kiir attends a session during the 25th Extraordinary Summit of the (IGAD) on South Sudan in Addis Ababa March 13, 2014 (Reuters Photo)

June 3, 2018 (ADDIS ABABA) - The regional bloc (IGAD) has set June 30 as the deadline for face-to-face talks between the two South Sudan warring leaders, President Salva Kiir and former first vice-president, Riek Machar.

During the 62 extra-ordinary IGAD council of ministers’ session in Ethiopia on Friday, foreign affairs ministers from IGAD member states said Kiir and Machar must resolve their differences for the good of the citizens of Africa’s youngest nation, who have been nursing conflict since December 2013.

A communique issued by IGAD indicates that the ministers of foreign affairs have been tasked to consult the Heads of State in order to fast-track the face-to-face talks between Kiir and Machar before the 31st African Union meeting takes place.

“IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government to consult with members of the Assembly on the convening of an Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Assembly and a face-to-face meeting between H.E. SalvaKiirMayardit and H.E. Dr. RiekMachar before the 31st Summit of the Assembly of the African Union to be held on July 1-2, 2018 in Noukakchott, Mauritania," noted the communique.

IGAD ministers also regretted that efforts to resolve the South Sudan conflict, including the August 2015 comprehensive agreement on cessation of hostilities, have not been honoured by the main actors fuelling the South Sudan conflict.

“The IGAD Council of Ministers urges all the South Sudanese Parties to seize this opportunity to negotiate in good faith and make real compromises based on the Bridging Proposal on outstanding issues,” the communique noted.

South Sudan plunged into war in December 2013, barely two years after independence from Sudan, after a disagreement between President Kiir and his former deputy Machar deteriorated into a military confrontation.

Tens of thousands have been killed by the fighting between troops loyal to Kiir and forces loyal to Machar. The conflict has also left a quarter of the country’s population of 12 million either internally displaced or as refugees in neighbouring countries.

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  • 4 June 08:15, by Joseph Canada

    hopefully something good will come out of this..

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    • 4 June 08:44, by Kuch

      Joseph Canada,
      Yo are wasting your damn times & our times, first of all. Mr. Joseph Canada, why do you call your name Canada? Because you are just another piece of trash who often claim to be more knowledgeable than the Dinkas/Monyjiengs of the Sudan-----Equatorians lowly educated fools to be precised. But when we later check your dirty intrigues, then we later found out that you are just another>

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      • 4 June 09:12, by jubaone

        Kuch aka koryom2
        Just shut you worthless jienge idiot. Your incessant rants and "copy-and-paste" rebuttals are nothing but an exposition of low intelligence. A traumatized impostor and lazy thinker. You need psychological counselling. Spare our esteemed readers your junk jienge shit. If your dare, I am even ready to take it to length with you.

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        • 4 June 10:44, by Eastern

          jubaone,

          If you respond to a madman in the village market square you would be validating them. Kuch, Kus or Koryom does not deserve any attention. Today is June 4, 2018, Kiir and his hardliners know how much time is left before the hammer hits. Dr. Machar is now under house arrest while Kiir is at large. Even if Machar is released if Kiir remains at large, there WON’T PEACE. Kiir needs is the....

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        • 4 June 10:48, by Landlord

          Jubaone,
          this kus animal is worried when peace comes, he has no chance to robbing any more. I don’t understand why he’s against face to face meeting here honestly. they forged rebellion in Dec 2013 claiming someone did it, just for them to still and live in ready built houses because their laziness. idiot Kus/Kusa. Don’t mind him.

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          • 4 June 13:53, by jubaone

            Eastern, Landlord
            Thank you for the comments. We must descend from our civility and decency and act like mad fellows if we have to deal with these jienges. We played the passive nationalists and even voted for separation. These bastards turned around and started telling us.."they liberated SS.." and they can settle and do things the way they wished without care. We let them come to Equatoria.

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            • 4 June 13:58, by jubaone

              ..they came and settled in Nimule, Yei, Juba, Kapwata etc and the result was land grabbing, rape, killing, stealing and all evil you could imagine. No, wr allowed this jienge nonsense to continue. In 2006, our Juba women laid down their "gowns/tob" for the SPLA to walkover as a sign of humbleness and appreciation, see what happened next. Unimaginable things.

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              • 4 June 14:03, by jubaone

                Eastern, Landlord and all Equatorians, it’s a moral obligation to fight these scoundrels by all means. We have reached a tipping point to which living with jienges is akin to having intercourse with a HIV/AIDS infected person. We either keep off or choose to die voluntarily. We must act like madmen cuz that’s how they act. Any rational thought is misplaced.

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                • 4 June 14:11, by jubaone

                  Riak and the Kiirminal can meet, that’s their business. Our business is to ensure, Equatoria is NEVER again a battleground for jienges and Nuers. This they can do it in Gokrial, Bor or Aweil. Equatoria needs a new uncompromising militancy, eye4eye, tooth4tooth. Either it’s federalism or death.

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                  • 4 June 14:18, by jubaone

                    What shall we say to our sisters, aunts, mothers and cousins, that we dashed away leaving them to be gang raped by jienge bastards? Why didn’t we defend them even if that cost us our lives? It’s this that begs serious and unrelenting approach and uncompromising position to such idiots like Kuch or South South. We tolerated these jienges too long. We MUST deal with them like madmen.

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        • 4 June 12:33, by South South

          Jubaone,

          If there is someone who is traumatized by rats, it’s you and your uncle Eastern. You are afraid to fight, but you talk about war day and night, how do you call that? Kiir is in a very powerful position, he can meet with anyone in the world and he will come out as a winner.

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          • 4 June 13:40, by ThaGoblin

            SSouth
            Powerful position? He’s lost all legitimacy, his country is a mess economically and he’s involved in crimes. Tell me who’s still willing to meet such a leader. Yes he’s been able to contain the major rebel groups with his untrained army but that’s a double edge sword since they are roaming as militas causing chaos

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          • 4 June 13:47, by jubaone

            South South
            The loudest barking dogs often don’t bite. Fighting is NOT a jienge monopoly and your incessant...coward..narrative won’t change Equatorians whatsoever. You want a showdown, we go for it simple. Equatorians don’t give a damn shit 💩 the Kiirminal.

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      • 4 June 13:52, by garrak1520

        Time to "shit or get off the pot". Find a final solution to this stupid war or both to be released from South Sudan politics and future.
        There are plenty able south Sudanese capable of leading the country.

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      • 4 June 14:26, by Jongo

        This name KUCH my God it sounds wet,dirty like a big dirty asshole read the picture kiir looks frustrated, afraid the same like your words you don’t want peace in SS simply because you are living in Equatoria so sweet ha you like it but stay clean wash your dirt ass grow teeth or else I can smell you from distant you come to kougno2 tonight & get fucked better shut up & RUN idiot jenge

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      • 4 June 19:36, by Joseph Canada

        Well Well Well!! Look at who is talking!!.. Anyways I dont have to respond to your class. We have come to the point where nincompoops like you are let to rant. We need to move forward not backward.

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      • 4 June 23:38, by Proverbs

        Mr. Kuch, people like you are the reason why SSD is drowning in death & hatred. Preach positivity at least once in your life time. The truth is most Equatorians are not lowly educated as you said—but you are! Just listen to yourself. I’m Equatorian by the way & I have lived deep in Dinkaland & met good, ordinary dinkas—people with good heart. People like you give dinkas bad image! Grow up!

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  • 4 June 10:46, by Eastern

    ....with Kiir, Makuei and the JCE doing what they are doing, there won’t be peace in South Sudan! Mark this statement, folks!

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  • 4 June 12:23, by Oboo Acholi

    Dear President Kiir
    If you’re u allow Riak in juba with his rebels he will kill u
    Why do you have to be forced to meet Riak machar???
    Do u feel safe reconciling with Riak who has a lot of history of dirty tricks? He tried to kill you but he fail. I’m afraid Dinka will die in large numbers worst like in Bor. Dinka To get ready
    You need to train special security networks to counter Riak threat

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    • 4 June 12:28, by Eastern

      Let Kiir just TAKE YOUR GOLDEN ADVICE and refuse to meet Machar after all he’s the "president" and Riek has history of "dirty tricks".......Bwahahahaha!

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    • 4 June 12:37, by South South

      Oboo Acholi,

      Please don’t be afraid about the meeting between Kiir and Riak. There is IGAD proposal which is needed to be followed. No single soldier will follow Riak to Juba if he has to come back to Juba. Maybe UN forces can guard him in Juba, but again with that, our government will put down tough conditions.

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      • 4 June 13:12, by Eastern

        South South,

        One of the tough condition your tribal regime can put is for Dr. Machar to meet Kiir in Juba or Entebbe, accept to denounce violence, come to Juba as a common South Sudanese, only Kiir lectures Machar during their face to face meeting, amongst others you folks can add. After all, there’s an IGAD order that needs to be followed to the letter..!

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        • 4 June 13:18, by South South

          Eastern,

          I can not understand your point, but let me tell you this. Riak is very, very weak person at this moment. We don’t really care much about him.

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        • 4 June 14:26, by jubaone

          Eastern
          Retrospectively, the Kiirminal and his jienges have turned the country into a shithole, completely mismanaged everything for the last 13 fucking yrs. Do you think these scoundrels really could lead a 21 yrs struggle? No. Ugandans, Eritreans, Ethiopians and only grace of God. Give I another 50 yrs nothing still will happen.

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      • 4 June 23:01, by lino

        Ya Junubi Junubi,

        This time of year and for the Agreement to sustain, the proposal is total disarmament of troops and send them to confinement!!! Leaders of all feathers should come to Juba without forces! Regional forces should guard all!!!
        No even a pistol should be carried! Body guards should be given sticks and no firearms!
        This thing will work! Let see who will instigate any coup again!!!!

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  • 4 June 15:07, by lino

    AU should make Kiir’s Government, Malong Awan, and IGAD accountable in front of SS people as they are the ones derailed the August, 2015 when Machar was forced out of Juba and IGAD kept quiet!!!
    We Ayii want to know who dashed the Agreement?!
    Now

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