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June 6, 2018 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has invited nine members of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) for “an intensive interlinked consultation” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan Ismael Wais (L) speaks during the closing session of Phase 2 on 23 May 2018 (IGAD photo)

The consultation, scheduled for 16-18 June, is a follow-up on what was agreed upon at the 62nd extraordinary session of the IGAD Council of Ministers meeting which approved the revised bridging proposal on the outstanding governance and security issues submitted by the facilitation team from IGAD.

The IGAD Council had reportedly also authorized one more round of intensive consultation with the parties to identify possible compromises and build consensus, thus instructed the special envoy to report on the outcome of this consultation to the regional body.

“lt therefore gives me great pleasure to request your excellency to nominate nine (9) delegates (one from each member of the alliance) to attend this consultation,” said Ismail Wais, the IGAD special envoy to South Sudan said in a 6 June, 2018 letter.

The letter further added, “I would also respectfully remind you to ensure that women are represented in your delegation”.

In March, nine South Sudanese opposition groups formed an alliance (SSOA) with the objective of expediting efforts to end the civil war.

SSOA comprises of Federal Democratic Party, National Salvation Front, National Democratic Movement, People’s Democratic Movement, South Sudan Liberation Movement, South Sudan National Movement for Change, South Sudan Patriotic Movement, South Sudan United Movement and United Democratic Alliance.

The group, in an earlier, claimed they were driven by the desire to improve the situation in the war-torn nation and prevent it from disintegrating.

Last month, the rival parties involved in South Sudan’s 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.

Tens of thousands pf people have been killed in fighting between troops loyal to Kiir and forces led by his former deputy Riek Machar since 2013. The conflict has also left a quarter of South Sudan’s population of 12 million, either internally displaced or as refugees in neighbouring countries.

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  • 7 June 08:26, by Lenin Bull

    Yeah, call some rebel factions and coach them on how to delay or complicate the peace process so that it takes long to resolve or should be resolved altogether. Security studies put it that countries are fighting for superiority and comparative advantage over each other. Hence, weaknesses of another country are advantages of others. South Sudan will be confused till Jesus returns to earth.

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  • 7 June 08:31, by Lenin Bull

    Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya will not want fast developing peaceful and happy South Sudan because it will humiliate them being old countries. So that will confuse and create unending rebellions in South Sudan to delay development, delay border demarcations with themselves, and fill South Sudan with intelligent agents in form of humanitarian actors and mediators whose job is spying and encouraging

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  • 7 June 08:34, by Lenin Bull

    chaos and more rebellions in South Sudan. The war in South Sudan brings money to neighboring countries in forms of house rents, school fees, refugee camps that create employment for nationals, treatment fees, UN paying money for their operations in neighboring countries, and above peace mediation and facilitation process.

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    • 7 June 08:41, by Kuch

      Mr. Lenin Bull,
      Many countries like ethiopia, North Sudan & even Kenya are scared of our country & our people. And they have every reason to be scared of our country & our people. We are going to occupy Kenya, bombed almost the whole of the so-called ethiopia, Djibouti, North Sudan, Saudi Arabia, bombed the evil white people out of South Africa and their so-called israel (evil juus)>>>>

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      • 7 June 08:45, by Kuch

        Mr. Lenin Bull,
        We are here chap. If you have anything in South Africa, Kenya & here in South Sudan, then remove it. Because we are going to bomb our enemies out of map.

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        • 7 June 11:17, by Eastern

          You Creeps,

          What did the leaders of South Sudan do with the petrodollars for the last ten years other than infighting and ethnic squabbles? Why shouldn’t the neighbouring country want to lord it on South Sudan when its leaders cannot manage it? South Sudan is probably the MOST endowed country at its independence in terms of human resources and amongst others...

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          • 7 June 12:16, by South South

            Eastern,

            We have 6 countries neighboring South Sudan, which one you want to lord it on South Sudan ? Name it to us? Peace is on the corner, let’s all celebrate good news.

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            • 7 June 13:00, by Eastern

              South South,

              Which good news? Unless you are talking of peace that will involve Dr. Machar, Malong, Cirilo, etc not the only the soup kitchen cabinet of Kiir and the JCE. There’s no good news yet!

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              • 7 June 13:24, by South South

                Eastern,

                You have to know that only Eastern hates peace and hates South Sudan. We have millions of people who are waiting to celebrate for peace, facts. But someone like you can say anything he wants, that’s is not going to stop South Sudan from advancing its agenda. Kiir is our president and he will be the president of South Sudan until the right time comes, election.

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                • 7 June 13:52, by Eastern

                  South South,

                  Now what you want for South Sudan is SELECTIVE PEACE; which excludes those not in agreement with Kiir. For instance, I don’t consider Kiir THE PRESIDENT of the country and there are millions who share the same view. People shouldn’t just celebrate like uninformed villagers. What’s the celebration about?

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                  • 7 June 15:21, by South South

                    Eastern,

                    You are very wrong. Please talk about yourself if you don’t like Kiir. majority of people in South Sudan want Kiir as a president. He was elected by majority of people of South Sudan. The only way to remove him is to organize another election and vote him out, not writing a few hatred comments or 2 to 3 people holding guns against innocent people of South Sudan.

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          • 7 June 13:13, by The Rhino

            Eastern,

            Strictly speaking there are no leaders in South Sudan.If these worthless jienges and their misfits can squander billions of dollars and wreck the country to its present level,they are NOT leaders.IGAD should shift and look for technocrats instate of wasting time running in circles chasing its own tails.

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            • 7 June 13:54, by Eastern

              The Rhine,

              That’s where we inching to; that option has been laid on the table and it would be looked at sooner than later. The regime can’t eat its cake and have it!

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            • 7 June 15:39, by South South

              "technocrats instate of wasting time"
              These are the people who lecture us day and night about good education they have.

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              • 7 June 19:06, by Eastern

                South South,

                Without EDUCATION, you won’t have the political will to act civil and humane. Without EDUCATION, Kiir lacked the political will to implement the ARCSS with his nemesis, taken up by his WARRIOR instinct of bravado, Kiir thought he could subdue the SPLM-IO under Machar and co-opt Taban and the war comes to an end. Now there more than Machar for Kiir to content with....!

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                • 7 June 19:29, by South South

                  Eastern,

                  Please stop lecturing us about war and find something else. Kiir has crushed the rebellion in South Sudan. Look the way you talk today. You are talking about ARCSS only. There is no Kiir MUST go in your writings today, do you know why? Kiir is stronger than before, but still he wants peace for people of South Sudan. The end of this is talking to bring peace, not a few guns or camps.

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          • 7 June 19:43, by jubaone

            South South
            In Bari "kin Ko kak koimot Ko Loki" shit 💩 down and peanut butter upon it. Literally, sugarcoating human shit 💩 with peanut butter won’t make it edible. IGAD is trying to make this piece of peace palatable, but it’s just stupid. IGAD was misled by former US State Secretary John Kerry to incarcerate Riak. Now the same fools have realized oh shit! Riak must join. Africans🙅

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            • 7 June 20:00, by South South

              Jubaone,
              I can’t understand you. Peace is for all to benefit from it. War destroys villages and kills many people. I am for peace. Peace doesn’t mean to power to rebels, it means give and take. Government needs to share power with rebels, rebels need to put down guns.

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              • 7 June 20:02, by South South

                I mean to give power to rebels.

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            • 7 June 22:54, by The Rhino

              Jubaone,

              "Muchas gracias" to you as always!...you pinned the point.I really wonder how this body called IGAD would ever explain itself to Riak and others,how they pathetically conspired against the truth?Lets wait and see.The bottom line is,these worthless jienges must always remain in holes and trenches as long as the status quo continues,full stop!

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              • 8 June 05:35, by jubaone

                Rhino
                Well said cde. Peace made under duress and fear is nothing but suppressed war. IGAD is frantically trying to showcase that at least they have done something. Again IGAD is accountable only to their respective govts and not opposition groups and was so stupid not to have apprehended Kiirminal for starting the 2016 crisis. It should simply accept it’s failed. Just losers.

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        • 7 June 12:49, by Masiah

          Kuch

          I advice to go to Doctor before too late, you don’t reason anymore, i think crisses of south sudan affect your brain,

          How you are going to bomb south africa and kenya

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          • 7 June 12:55, by Eastern

            Masiah,

            There’s this madman in Konyo Konyo market here in Juba who continuously rambles incoherent words which nobody in the market is bothered about. Now if you want to worry for that version of the man in Konyo Konyo here online, then be mu guest.

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            • 8 June 00:18, by Masiah

              Kuch

              Kuch need to seek Doctor before walk naked on Juba street, am just wondering how he’s going to bomb South Africa and Kenya, somebody with healthy brain will not said anything like this.

              Kuch doesn’t reason like their Governement and his chief Kirr.

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        • 7 June 16:09, by lino

          Day dreamer Kuch!!! You need to see Dr. Mawien Akol for mental assessment! Don’t under estimate my point!!!

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  • 7 June 09:45, by Morthon Akol

    South Sudanese ether from Government or Oppositions groups should stop what so call consultation it’s a west of time nothing will come out from it while your people are dying every day.

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