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Ethiopia’s Abiy invites Kiir and Machar for face-to-face talks in Addis Ababa


June 13, 2018 (JUBA) - The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has invited President Salva Kiir and the leader of main armed opposition group Riek Machar to meet in Addis Ababa within a week.

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Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed during a visit to Ambo in the Oromiya region, Ethiopia April 11, 2018. (Photo Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

in a statement released on Wednesday said the SPLM-IO acknowledged receipt of the invitation letter to its leader for "IGAD-led face-to-face talks with President Salva Kiir on the 20th of June, 2018 in Addis Ababa".

"The Movement welcomes this invitation and salutes the courage of IGAD for reaching this prudent and timely decision, it will go a long way in building confidence in the peace process," said Mabior Garang de Mabior, head of SPLM-IO National Committee for Information and Public Relations.

For his part, President Kiir didn’t issue a statement but sources at the presidency confirmed the receipt of the invitation.

The invitation of the Ethiopian premier for a face-to-face meeting comes after a similar one by the Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir to President Kiir and his main rival Machar. Khartoum said Abiy would attend the encounter.

However, it is not clear if the Ethiopian invitation intends to retake the initiative from Khartoum and Nairobi which dispatched the opposition leader and former prime minister Raila Odinga to meet Machar in South Africa last week.

The two rivals will meet the IGAD leaders on the sidelines of the upcoming African Union summit in Mauritania next month.

The SPLM-IO reiterated its commitment to the IGAD peace forum to revitalize the 2015 peace agreement stressing it would continue "to engage positively with IGAD and all friends of South Sudan interested in helping our people achieve peace".

The South Sudan parties will hold Intensive Interlink Consultations from 16-18 June 2018 in Addis Ababa organized by the IGAD mediation to narrow the gaps on its proposals for a deal on the governance and security arrangements.


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  • 14 June 2018 00:55, by lino

    Hanahaaaaaaaaa! Another invitation of Face-to-Face meeting! I am expecting is going to be followed by Uhuru and M7 next!!! Peace is coming to South Sudan boys and girls!!! No more unknown gunmen!!!

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    • 14 June 2018 01:48, by South South

      The good news is that people are trying to help South Sudan to make peace. Kiir should IGAD proposal in front of Riak and ask him to go over it slowly, then ask him, what do you think?

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      • 14 June 2018 03:17, by Games

        There are so many things do not go in right direction with those face-to-face meetings b/t two rivals. The meeting was stated to be in Khartoum and suddenly to Addis Ababa.
        IGAD countries are going to screwed up this around again, as they are trying to compete of who champion the South Sudan peace.

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      • 14 June 2018 03:21, by lino

        Hahaaa! South South,

        If you really understand politics, don’t think SS is always about Kiir and Machar! What about you and me and most importantly the people who are in the camps and refugee countries?!!!
        These invitations are roadmap for exist door! Believe me... one day you will say Lino and political think tanks are right! Let us watch what Khartoum kickoff going to bring... Sunday... time it.

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        • 14 June 2018 03:37, by South South


          I know you are a big coward, but today I see other side of picture, you are very poor in thinking. In this world, if you are powerless, your nothing. Who will listen to powerless people? OH my God. Did you hear yesterday that Morocco lost world cup bid to USA, why? Power. Palestinians are running naked everywhere where their land is taken by force by Israel.

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          • 14 June 2018 06:37, by Nyesi Ta

            Is this idiot called South Sudan suggesting that Khartoum should invade South Sudan? We lost Abyei, Panthou, Haffir Nihas, etc; and soon Khartoum will invade SS starting with the Jenge areas. Does this sound like justice to you idiot. I think your brain is built into your ass mr.

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            • 14 June 2018 09:49, by jubaone

              Nyesi Ta
              South South is a foreigner, "juronit" from Abyei and NOT a South Sudanese. Don’t waste time with such "chicken 🍗 brains". Riak represents reason, intelligence, common sense, the Kiirminal is just the opposite. In the end, good shall prevail over jienge chaos, anarchy, misrule and disorganization. Down down 👇 jienge republic.

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            • 14 June 2018 11:57, by South South

              Nyesi Ta,

              We don’t give damn care to useless comments like yours. South Sudan is under controlled and any talk on net is useless. You can’t meet with me face-to-face. We have it in our hands and that’s the point, shut up coward.

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              • 14 June 2018 14:30, by The Rhino

                South South,

                Its only b’cos Sudan Tribune keeps deleting my comments and reactions to your empty words.Had it not been so,I could’ve taken you out of shape and pressed your damned face into your own shit.Behave now,you are in a public forum!

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          • 14 June 2018 07:28, by lino

            Hahaaaa! Cowboy South South with small brain 🧠!!! Who told you I am an Arab guy strip thought process! Are you mad 😡 of the exit door 🚪 you uncle will enjoy soon.
            Speaking about power leave alone Palestinian! What about Mile 14, Abyein e Ngok Deng Area, and more places that uncle Bashir took by force coward! You know how to kill your own SS brothers and hiding your tail in front of Bashir.

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            • 14 June 2018 07:30, by lino

              Go get Abyei before the exit door is shown to you either in Khartoum, Addis, or Nuakshout!!!!

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            • 14 June 2018 12:14, by South South


              Just leave and think about what IGAD is doing. In South Sudan today, we have 16 factions, but IGAD asks Riak only to have face-to-face with Kiir, do you know why? Even with Power sharing, these coin rebels are given very little shares, why?

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              • 14 June 2018 16:32, by lino

                South South!

                Why Kiir-Machar? Go re-read Tylar’s Article and better understand the bitter relations between the two man!
                I suggest both men exit the political scene in SS until they resolved to work together in harmony, then they can be allowed back to politics! South Sudan should move on without these 2 amigos!!!

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      • 14 June 2018 08:40, by Eastern

        South South,

        Kiir lost the chance of doing this in 2016. The crises has spiralled out of Kiir’s control into the hands of many other stakeholders. Paul Malong is already watering down this much hyped face-face meeting by calling for Kiir’s departure. The meeting will come and pass, the war will rage on...!

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        • 14 June 2018 12:18, by South South


          Who care about PHD? PHD will be good if you have a country you control to use it, but when you are running day and night, what is the use of PHD? You need to sit down and talk with someone who controls the country. Anyone in South Sudan MUST talk to Kiir to get what he/she needs, it’s that simple.

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          • 14 June 2018 12:47, by Malakal county Simon

            South South/Slave

            You’re mentally sick and that’s not how the politics work.... You have got nothing to offer only cow dung in your pinhead.... You need to have a good ideas in order to have a successful political career and not about being in control by force....

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            • 14 June 2018 14:51, by South South

              Malakal county Simon,

              Can anyone help me what is this Nyagat is talking about?

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          • 14 June 2018 13:41, by Eastern

            South South,

            The village boy, what is PHD now? I was talking Ph.D. I don’t know what you meant by PHD.

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            • 14 June 2018 14:06, by South South


              Ugly an old man. We can say: USA or U.S.A. You are the one who has big struggle with your English writings. If you do not know that the verb to learn has two past tense (learned or learnt), then why do you talk about English.

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              • 14 June 2018 18:18, by Eastern

                South South,

                So you are still soak, drunk and delusioned as The Rhino pointed out? I thought I gave you a good lesson on the differences between LEARNT and LEARNED. The two are not JUST past tense of the same word! LEARNT and LEARNED cannot be used interchangeably. Well, a dinka is always difficult to teach anyway!

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                • 14 June 2018 22:01, by The Rhino


                  That man called "South South" is indeed a foreigner.Just examine his attitude here online and the level of destruction his people caused in South Sudan,only homeless outsiders would go that extend.They lack sensitivity and care to a thing called HOME.Today they are here,tomorrow they are somewhere else.They disparage peace and unity among a diverse society like ours in Equatoria.So we...

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                  • 14 June 2018 22:08, by The Rhino

                    ...better be on guard.Another"Murahil" is that guy called Khent.Now this librarian Khent is not even a South Sudanese,why,b’cos the way he writes english tells exactly that english is his first language,meaning he is totally from a different planet.We here on this forum write raw english with mistakes here and there which is absolutely normal,the points always get across.But Khent the librarian...

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                    • 14 June 2018 22:14, by The Rhino

                      ...I guess would sit between heaps and piles of books left and right quoting,naming,posting political events and tribes in this country.This is a unique culture.He has truly blended and chameleonized himself among us.Well Khent,sorry you have been busted,now hands up!

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          • 14 June 2018 20:23, by jubaone

            South South
            It take 5 mins to teach a jienge to carry a gun and cause untold destruction, it will take him another 50 yrs to carry a pen and bring about societal construction. Riak earned his PhD in UK and not bought it from Busoga University or faked one like jienges do. Shut up "juronit". You should be guarding jellaba compounds. Jienge

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            • 14 June 2018 20:47, by South South


              PhD is just a piece of paper which is helpless. Some people will die with PhD in their suitcases, useless. When you are coward, forget about everything, you can have the best education in the world, but still no one will respect you. World is ruled by power. If you have power, you are everything. If your are powerless, you are shit.Uncountable Dinkas have PhD.

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              • 14 June 2018 22:09, by Eastern

                South South,

                That’s what your grand master Kiir thinks. Kiir though the ARCSS was just a piece of paper. Now a forty years old Ethiopian is SUMMONING him to Addis Ababa on Wednesday next week, is there a private JCE meeting in between...?!

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              • 14 June 2018 23:14, by The Rhino

                South South,

                You are wrong! A PhD is not just a piece of paper.Its a distinctive paper with value.A title designated to a person of specific knowledge or experience/expertise on specific field.It takes time and brain to get it.People who posses this document are believed to have rational thinking in solving problems based on that respective area.You can’t buy it in a street like what your....

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                • 14 June 2018 23:19, by The Rhino

                  ...jienges are doing in South Sudan,NO! You must earn it.A PhD holder has the brain to create,direct or manipulate power,if this is his area of experience.See the difference ya jienge?

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  • 14 June 2018 08:58, by Eastern

    Two Ph.Ds, one in Strategic Planning (Machar) and another in Conflict Mediation (Abiy) will be put to test. Kiir will largely remain the chief spectator in that encounter...!

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  • 14 June 2018 10:20, by aborigin

    This clearly indicates our conflict have shifted gear to another level, when Bashir initiated meeting the two principals, M7 on the other side converged the FDs in Kampala, now Abhiy and maybe Pombe Maghufuli will do the same on the basis of unification of the SPLM!!!, our so called leaders should put their differences aside now and think outside the box.

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  • 14 June 2018 12:37, by Mike Mike

    Whoever is trying to make mediation to the rival parties are the sympathizers who does not wanted to see South Sudan heading to the collapsing point.I really appreciated them for their good initiative by calling the two rival leaders to meet and iron out their differences for the suffering to stop and people who have ran away because of war to returns.There is no any mistakes with this proposal.

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