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Juba calls to hold Kiir-Machar meeting outside IGAD countries


June 16, 2018 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese government said it wants the face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and his main rival Riek Machar to be outside the IGAD countries, saying there a sort of competition among the block’s countries to organize it.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir (C) poses for a picture after the government swearing in with his first deputy Riek Machar (R) and second deputy James Wani on 29 April 2016 (Photo Moses Lomayat)

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth pointed to the multiple initiatives by Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia to host a meeting between Kiir and Machar saying there are "competing interests" between the IGAD countries.

"It seems that there is some sort of undeclared competition," said Lueth before to add "the best thing is to hold it in a neutral ground so that none of these three takes it for anything other than a neutral place".

Sudan on 5 June dispatched its foreign minister to Juba propose to host the Kiir-Machar meeting decided by the IGAD Council of Ministers on 31 May. Also, Kenya’s former prime minister met Raila Odinga with Machar in Pretoria on 8 June and raised the possibility of coordinating the meeting.

Following what, Ethiopia which is the IGAD chair extended on 13 June an invitation for the face to face meeting to President Kiir and the SPLM-IO leader on 20 June.

The government spokesperson said they do not contest the meeting or its patronage by the IGAD but they prefer to see it held in a country outside the East African block countries.

He further added that South African, for example, can be a neutral territory for this crucial meeting.

Khartoum which pledged to provide the needed technical assistance for the resumption of oil production in the Unity region dispatched its foreign minister to Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Kampala to coordinate the meeting with the three governments.

As result of these diplomatic moves, the is a lot of confusion about the place where the meeting will be held. Also, it is not clear if Addis Ababa will convene an encounter and Khartoum another one.

The IGAD Council of Ministers indicated that the face to face must take place before the African Union Summit in Mauritania on 1-2 July.


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  • 17 June 2018 00:10, by Malakal county Simon

    Whether you like it or not, the meeting will be conducted within one of IGAD country.. For God sake, they are the mediators!!

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    • 17 June 2018 00:12, by South South

      I blame the leaders who have chosen guns than discussion. South Sudan is a very easy target to be robbed, that’s what I see right now.

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      • 17 June 2018 01:24, by Mayendit

        South Sudan
        This is why someone like myself had been offering best advice to the president of the Republic of South Sudan to plan to step down and hand it the presidency to someone which he has the most trust to successful him. I have been supporting gen, he Salve Kiir Mayardit for very long time and I have to tell the truth. All countries around us are not a good neighbors that is my view.

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    • 17 June 2018 01:25, by Games

      Malakal County Simon
      Salva Kiir is not ready for peace as long he is still listening to M7 of Uganda. Those confusions came from Uganda and Juba as they do not want to release Machar from that illegally detentions. Why South Africa and why changing their minds when only a day and a half left to the meeting.

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      • 17 June 2018 01:32, by Games

        But the good news is that the Ethiopia government has already making it clear. By saying that it is up to whoever is not turning up to that date to the meeting. Ethiopia is right place for the meeting, it is a where all peace rounds discussions are being taken places.

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      • 17 June 2018 02:00, by Mayendit

        Games Keep Singing About Riek Machar.

        What Illegal detention are you talking about? The SPLA IO have been conducting terrorist war in South Sudan and the borders countries remember, there were citizens from Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and many more others world have been killed on the road block between Uganda to Juba, Uganda to Yei and Yei road to Juba, 400 Sudanese were kills in Unity.

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        • 17 June 2018 02:15, by Games

          I think you are having weird dreams about defeating IO militarily. It wasn’t IO that is forcing Salvar Kiir to meet Machar,it was someone else. We IO supporters do not want either that ugly face so called Kiir to meet our chairman. We are considering as insults to us, but because we care about our citizens of S. Sudanes we accepted the IGAD face to face meeting proposals.

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          • 17 June 2018 02:21, by Games

            It will never happened in history to defeat Nuer by war. It is a truth and would never change.
            Most Nuer are always seeing Dinka men as nothing to them in comparison

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            • 17 June 2018 03:55, by Mayendit

              Answer this question yes or no

              Did Riek Machar surrender to Khartoum’s government?

              Is there any big towns were captured by Riek Machar’s fighters after when he returned back?

              Do you think Riek and his fighters have a good history to lead nation?

              Traitor person will not be allowed to become a president.

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          • 17 June 2018 03:35, by Mayendit

            Games Keep Singing About Riek Machar

            Small minds wouldn’t help us in South Sudan. You must think big logically way. How long you guys going to rebels? The country is not for one tribe. To be honest with you, the former vice president has betrayed the whole Nuers tribe, you will not accept what I am saying but it is true. In 1991, he created Nassir movement and now SPLA IO, and tomorrow Naath.

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      • 17 June 2018 07:09, by Malakal county Simon


        It’s a work of STD group, Kiir has no excuse!!

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    • 17 June 2018 01:47, by Mayendit

      Malakal county Simon.

      Why your uncle can not admitted defeat in militarily mean? Now you guys are relying and begging IGAD countries and outsider countries to imposed fake peace. You should be a shame for creating rebellion in years and none was been achieved. President Kiir will not attend face-face meeting with traitor until he surrender on the Ideology of rebellion. IGAD leaders took bribe.

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      • 17 June 2018 07:06, by Malakal county Simon


        Militarily defeat you said??

        Why is a negotiations still going on?? or that a something you wish?? By the way, speak for yourself because unwanted president Kiir is not that foolish to refuse that much needed face to face meeting between the two leaders.... Any excuse from one of them, there will be repercussion!!

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  • 17 June 2018 04:38, by lino

    Hahaaa!!! Expectations! Konyo Konyo Regime in Juba has just changed its mind! Well June 30 is coming and signatures are needed before sanctions and what could happen!
    Don’t play musical chair with Trump!!! He is the nasty guy in the White House now a days!!! Did you guys heard about Steels and Aluminium Taxes on USA 🇺🇸 friends!!!

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    • 17 June 2018 11:06, by Lenin Bull

      Lino, SPLA/SPLM fighters do not fear Satan neither Arabs nor British colonialists,leave alone this toothless Trump. If you are relying on Trump for salvation/rescue, i must tell you frankly that is utter self-deception.You better think outside that box. The only long lasting better solution is our own selves.

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      • 17 June 2018 11:39, by jubaone

        Which long lasting solution do you propose?

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        • 17 June 2018 14:32, by Lenin Bull

          Jubaone, Surrender quickly.

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          • 17 June 2018 15:11, by jubaone

            Lenin Fool
            So that is the jienge solution? Does not look very academic either. Try again, loser!

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      • 17 June 2018 12:03, by Eastern

        Lenin Bull,

        I have copied this particular rejoinder from you which I can use for mocking/taunting you shortly as the drama unfolds...Take note!

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      • 17 June 2018 21:41, by lino

        Haha 😆 🤣 😆!!! Ya Bull shit,

        We will all see when they caught all if you with underwear or in pipes or shitholes!!! Keep eating their relieves and food 🥘 aids!!!!

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  • 17 June 2018 07:57, by Eastern

    Another PRECOBDITION from Kiir! The status quo is untenable. If IGAD chooses to listen to Kiir all the time, the country will continue to BURN!

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    • 17 June 2018 13:31, by South South

      No burning of South Sudan, rebels need to stop using bogus and empty threat and work for peace. We need peace because war hasn’t given us anything, people need to be serious about peace. It’s take and give, not using fear as weapon to get what you need. No one will listen to empty talk.

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      • 17 June 2018 14:47, by Eastern

        South South,

        The futile war waged by the regime has only hurt the same regime: economy in shambles- low oil outputs, printing of the SSP 500 notes, unpaid salaries for civil servants for months, etc. The rebels are in the bush ENJOYING MONKEY STEW, FRIES, etc...!Nobody will sign an accord with Kiir that gives him 55% STAKE! i REPEAT, NOBODY..!

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        • 17 June 2018 15:16, by jubaone

          No one speaks about it, but thousands of jienges are starving and dying silently in their luaks especially those that can’t access WFP deliveries. The fortunate ones have fled to Juba others headed on to Uganda or Kenya. The war must not stop till their entire luaks are depopulated. They must be kept on the run 🏃 or their areas only for cattle keeping.

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      • 17 June 2018 17:02, by Eastern

        We will dilly dally and 4 regime hardliners would be punished....What is the use of peace that would serve Dinka only,..?!

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      • 17 June 2018 19:50, by jubaone

        South South
        Since when did surrogate jienges and jellaba remnants start to call others "rebels?". First learn how to wear underpants and dress up then we talk. Know your role as water carrier, ya MTN

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  • 17 June 2018 16:17, by dinkdong

    How about calling for these two fools to be arrested and be put in a confinement wherever they are meeting.

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    • 17 June 2018 18:59, by Eastern

      Easier said than done! For a trial, Machar has been in detention, has that helped...?!

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      • 18 June 2018 01:38, by dinkdong

        Oppression of expression, huh?

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