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Juba only pledged to consider holding Kiir-Riek meeting in Khartoum: diplomat


Riek Machar, left, and President Salva Kiir after the first meeting of a new transitional coalition government, in Juba, South Sudan, April 29, 2016. (Photo AP)
June 17, 2018 (JUBA) - President Salva Kiir has only pledged to consider the Sudanese proposal to hold in Khartoum the face-to-face meeting between him and his main rival Riek Machar, diplomatic sources said on Sunday.

South Sudanese Government Spokesperson came out on Friday say they do not want this crucial meeting for the peace process to be held in one of the IGAD countries because there are "competing interests" and indicated they prefer a neutral country such as South Africa.

At the same time, Sudanese foreign minister ended a meeting with the Ethiopian Prime Minister and was heading to Mombasa to meet the Kenyan President before to meet the Ugandan leader on Saturday evening.

Asked to explain the situation South Sudanese diplomat indicated that in fact President Kiir when he was briefed about the Sudanese initiative welcomed the idea and pledged to mull over the proposal.

"We told Sudan(’s foreign minister) that we would think about the offer. They rushed to announce something we didn’t agree in the media," said the diplomat who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

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 between the IGAD countries.

The diplomat went further to stress that "our government prefers South Africa" because Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya all want the meeting to take place in their capitals.

Observers in Juba say Khartoum want to play the card of mediators because they first want the resumption of oil production in South Sudan and increase their dividends besides using it in their talks with Washington for Sudan removal from the terror list.

For Kenya, they say it is a manner to improve its relations with Juba which is infuriated by the opposition presence and to reconcile with Machar because he didn’t forget the handover of his close aid James Dak to Juba in 2016.

In a statement released on 13 June, the SPLM-IO welcomed the invitation extended by the Ethiopian government and said it is only committed to the Addis Ababa meeting on 20 June.

"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 the statement.

Khartoum did not propose a date for the meeting even if Sudanese sources last week spoke about Sunday 17 June as a date for the meeting. It is reported that Khartoum encounter should be a preparatory meeting for Addis Ababa reunion.

Now Juba has declined Addis Ababa, Khartoum and Nairobi as a venue for the talks, they have to convince the IGAD which mediates the process of their position.

The IGAD Council of Ministers in a meeting held on 31 May discussed the failure of the parties to sign the Bridging Proposal document on the governance and security arrangements and decided to convene a meeting between Kiir and Machar before the end of June.

The idea that if they accept the proposed document they will be the driving force for the implementation of 2015 peace agreement and create a new dynamic to end the four-and-half-year conflict in South Sudan.

Regarding Addis Ababa, the South Sudanese observers say Ethiopia which put aside the former team of mediators from Kenya and Sudan, now is controlling alone the whole process and do not want the others to come to take advantage of its efforts.

However, sources close the SPLM-IO told Sudan Tribune that President Kiir has been opposed to Machar return to the region and still has the same position, adding this why he offers travelling to Pretoria and meet him there instead of holding the meeting in one of the IGAD countries.


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  • 18 June 2018 01:46, by lino

    Ya Konyo Konyo Regime in Juba,

    Better gets it right! South Sudanese can’t be hold hostage because Kiir unable to work with Machar! Better exist the government, resolved that personal problem, and it will be the will of the whether to allow both of you back to politics!!!
    They are so many young leaders who will be carrying on the responsibilities!!! Also, all of you are over 65 years old!

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    • 18 June 2018 01:51, by lino

      It should be time to retire and live peacefully!!!
      Either both of you out or in!!! Anyone to manage SS should have a will to work with everyone in the country because we are diverse and have many tribes! Else quit!

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      • 18 June 2018 02:52, by The Rhino


        Machar and Kiir owe South Sudanese big time apology.Its clear that none of them should lead this country.They should rather concentrate in guiding and advising South Sudanese to learn from their (Machar/Kiir) divisive policies than aspiring for personal political interests and entourage.IGAD can never give you peace if you can’t have peace among yourselves,that simple!

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        • 18 June 2018 03:02, by Games

          I think it is a time for all of us need to be fairs. For sake of our suffering citizens, Machar accepted the face-to-face meeting with Salva Kiir in order to bridge the gaps that are very difficult to reach in Addis ABBA, but Salva Kiir and his JCE pretend like they don’t know anything about the meeting in the last minutes.

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        • 18 June 2018 06:27, by jubaone

          The jienge regime is simply trying to scuttle the face2face meeting. They foolishly want S Africa cuz that would literally hold back Riak and frustrate IGAD’s plan to relocate him to Ethiopia. IGAD has all along mediated and had its venue in Addis Ababa. Now to come and try to change the goal posts suddenly, is a sign of desperation and foolishness. Jienges have been cornered.

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          • 18 June 2018 06:34, by jubaone

            The jienge regime can’t now talk of conflicting interests in holding this face2face meeting between Riak and kiirminal. Uganda and Kenya have big interests in SS and most jienge thieves and their families are living lavish lifestyles on looted monies. Thy have properties and investments in both countries, yet have none in their f**king and stinking luaks! Losers. They have made SS their milk cow,

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            • 18 June 2018 08:13, by South South


              No one give damn care to the rebels. What rebels don’t like is good for South Sudan. Singing and dancing in net will do you no good. Rebels are chicken coming home to Roost.

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              • 18 June 2018 08:28, by jubaone

                South South
                That is your jienge business whether you care or not. As long the Kiirminal-Taban axis has turned the country into a shithole, then you must care. As long jienges are fleeing their luaks due to hunger, due to lack of development, anarchy, chaos, disorganization, killings and stealing, then you must give a damn. Otherwise you will remain homeless your stinking Jienge life. Choose change

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                • 18 June 2018 08:38, by South South


                  We are going for IGAD proposal, if rebels don’t like, it’s their problem. We are going for 32 states, if rebels don’t like it, it’s their problem. We are going for indefinite term of president Kiir, if rebels don’t like it, it’s their problem. South Sudan is ours, period.

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                  • 18 June 2018 08:54, by jubaone

                    South South
                    Then go develop your junk jienge states and don’t idle around like worthless human vultures. Go build a mud tukul for your governors who operate under trees instead of living as a refugee in Uganda or Kenya on stolen monies. Lazy fool! IGAD should just disband this peace nonsense and we fight it out. Jienges win, they take it, the rest win, we defecate into their mouths. Period.

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                    • 18 June 2018 09:05, by South South


                      Nothing you can do about it, we are moving. You can cry to release some stress from your body. This is the only thing you can do, other than that, we are moving our country to the direction we think is the best for it. Coin rebels can decide to join us or keep away from us. It’s like 1, 2, 3, easy and simple.

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                      • 18 June 2018 11:01, by jubaone

                        South South
                        Why should I or we do something anyway? Just scoop your own shit and clean it up. For me what matters is EQAUTORIA. Again, you CANT move anywhere as long as EQAUTORIA is at war. Look at your jiengestans, have they moved anywher? NO. Instead jienges have moved somewhere cuz they are too dull to develop on their own, even without war. Even homeless jienges like you are allowed to dream.

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  • 18 June 2018 02:48, by Games

    Who cares about the meeting, Machar is coming out anyways and he will be Ethiopia in a matter of hours. Ethiopia government is absolutely right, they do put lots of efforts on this peaces and it would be betrayed if both IO and SPL-JCE are trying to change the venues to the another country.

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    • 18 June 2018 03:04, by Games

      The Rhino
      If you want to critiques anyone, it must be Salva Kiir, not both Gentlemens

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      • 18 June 2018 04:20, by The Rhino


        Everybody in South Sudan is suffering from all these mess.Unless we stop supporting these two leaders,terminate the blame games,South Sudan will for ever and always be processed by foreigners.The losers are South Sudanese! We must recalibrate and take a different approach to save the country.

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        • 18 June 2018 04:40, by Games

          I greed, we all wanted them gone, but the tricky parts are:they both the sources of the conflict and they are the only two will stop it. That is why the rests of the world are objectives the excluded of Machar in the the peace processes by the some IGAD countries

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        • 18 June 2018 05:01, by Kuch

          Why is everyone suffering? You fools have been told to stop your following your Riek Machar loser & get out of these filthy so-called UN compounds & farm your damn own food since there is no more war. But you don’t to listen. You like to use the word suffering (ana taban) while you losers are not doing any damn thing to help your own sorry assesses>>>

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          • 18 June 2018 05:08, by Kuch

            For all I know, some of our Nuers, Shilluks & some Equatorians to some extent just want to be resettled in Europe & America or be ruled by the UN government & then they will always be given meager UN food rations. Don’t accuse me that I am making this up, because this is what your Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom & Thomas Cirillo have even asked for>>>

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            • 18 June 2018 05:13, by Kuch

              According to some of our lowly informed Nuers, it is either ’gat Riek Machar to be vice president of South Sudan’ or there will be no peace. Good luck with that. Then why are you losers always talk about suffering then? You are asked to join the "national dialogue". But you losers are always dreaming of an elusive peace to be brought to South Sudan by foreigners??>>>

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              • 18 June 2018 05:18, by Kuch

                Kenyans have their own problems, Abeshas (the so-called ethiopians) have their own problems, North Sudan has it own damn problems in Darfur, Southern Kordufan & Southern Blue Nile. The UK has her own problems with their so-called brexit, the UN has a lot of problems in DRC, CAR, Libya, Syria, Yemen, etc and the US has her racial tension between black Americans, Latinos & white people>>>

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                • 18 June 2018 05:23, by Kuch

                  So why do you idiots think others are more interested in South Sudan’s issues than their own? Because our country is full of fools who like to create aimless armed rebellions & outdated tribal war fares & would always want other countries feed them & resolve your damn small tribal problems. Pathetic people indeed. Don’t the some of our Nuers always say that their ’gat Machar’ is highly educated>>>

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                  • 18 June 2018 05:25, by Kuch

                    human being in South Sudan? My ass! Studying magician isn’t called education some my lowly informed Nuers idiots.

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                    • 18 June 2018 05:28, by Kuch

                      As for Mr. Salva Kiir meeting Mr. Riek Machar. Why not here in Juba or South Africa? What is special about Khartoum?

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                      • 18 June 2018 09:39, by Games

                        Comments on what the articles about it. In fact, there are lots of innocent suffering in your Bor-Town than my village in Naisar do. Without peace, you will be the first one that abandoned your village and run to Equatoria region for free food.

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                    • 18 June 2018 06:31, by padiit gaga

                      Why you Dinka idiot fear for face to face meeting? You haveNo say if Igad say it must be done in her countries bc they are midiater of peace not your jce you must accept igad or US sanction.

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        • 18 June 2018 08:41, by jubaone

          You dearly want something for SS, but for jienges SS is a golden cow 🐮 that they reared and must be milked with impunity till it dies due to starvation and exhaustion. Why should Equatorians give a damn, when they already have been reduced to bystanders? Jienges treat SS as a possession, while you treat it as a community property.

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        • 18 June 2018 08:46, by jubaone

          Only Kokora or real devolved Federalism will save the country. Each people must develop themselves and not become useless and worthless human burden for the rest. Jienges may choose to sit naked under lalob trees playing mungula or singing cow 🐮 songs all day, that’s their shit. We want to develop ourselves. So is that difficult?

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  • 18 June 2018 06:47, by Sunday Junup

    No court declare that the two of you are wrong. The two of them can never be wrong there fore we can not keep making Dr
    Riak hostage because of JCE hate for him. I know from day one that most Junubien are also eying positions that is why you advocate that the two can go. Of course we need peace if South Sudanese can not tell KIIR to quit

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  • 18 June 2018 07:03, by Lenin Bull

    The face-to-face meeting and its venue in Addis Ababa is a cunning strategy in fact " a ruse of war " to morale boost the SPLA-IO militants as they are turning it into a hero welcome home in Ethiopia. Soon we will observe and notice an increase in rebellions, defections and defections again in all factions of SPLA-IO( Taban, Riek, Gadet, Changson, Chirilo,etc).

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    • 18 June 2018 08:34, by jubaone

      Lenin Fool
      Your little Jienge brains forgot about jienge based rebellions of SSUF (Malong Faction) as well as the Ajang faction. SSPM of Costello Garang and Gen Abdel Bagi Ayii. Now your chicken 🍗 jienge brains must get a flashback. Worthless jienge!

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  • 18 June 2018 08:21, by pabaak

    Why even care about meeting him, the symbol of destruction and rebellion, no more io because is already been emerged to SPLM, what remaining in the bushes are just criminals and highway robber, the reason why foreigner still given wight is because the don’t want peace in south Sudan they just want people to continue in state of war

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    • 18 June 2018 08:38, by pabaak

      The government shouldn’t listen to this so called individual meeting whthey already have agreement with recent io and they should maintain it rather than meeting individuals. Anti peace may want new arraignment so that people cannot realize peace.so government should not meet him because is not bringing peace rather than more chaos

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  • 18 June 2018 11:20, by Morthon Akol

    guys we are very confuse who is telling the truth? to my own personal view a think Sudan is the right place for those two leaders to meet simply because Sudan is the one knows the mentality of this men. even though they have interest it will not be like the interest of Kenya and Uganda.

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  • 18 June 2018 18:45, by Charles Majok

    The leaders of the IGAD countries are falling over each other because they consider Kiir and machar to be weak leaders who will loot the resources of the country and launder the money in their countries. That is why they are dtermined maintain the two useless men. A strong leader would not be manipulated by Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.The two men are worthless.

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  • 18 June 2018 20:37, by Eastern

    The Juba regime wants to use the increased OIL OUT PUT WHICH WILL BENEFT BOTH South Sudan and the Sudan as the bargaining chip....SPLA-IO folks, wake up...!

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