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Kiir-Machar face to face meeting to take place in Ethiopia


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 18, 2018 (JUBA) - After days of competition between the IGAD countries fuelled by Juba hesitation, the face-to-face meeting between Riek Machar and Salva Kiir will be held in Addis Ababa next Wednesday.

Mrs Hirut Zemene, Ethiopian State Minister of Foreign Affairs was the first to confirm that Addis Ababa will be the venue of the crucial meeting. Also, several rebel officials including SPLM-IO deputy director of information and public relations Puok Both Baluang, confirmed that Machar will fly to Addis Ababa.

Officials in Juba, also, confirmed that finally, Juba has opted for Addis Ababa, pointing to the role recently the Ethiopian government played at the level of the UN Security Council to foil a the vote on a draft resolution imposing sanctions on South Sudanese officials.

Juba, last Friday called to hold the meeting in South Africa saying Addis Ababa, Khartoum or Nairobi have competing interests. But rebel officials said it was simply because Juba wants him to remain far from the region.

Sudan, which sought to mobilize regional support for its initiative to host the meeting, didn’t issue any statement on the rejection of the South Sudanese officials for Khartoum.

The meeting will discuss three outstanding issues on the power-sharing chapter in the 2015 peace agreement: 1-the percentage of each party in the composition of the cabinet, 2-ratios of every party in the National Legislative Assembly and the state governments.

Machar will arrive on Tuesday to Addis and will meet Ethiopian officials before to meet President Kiir on Wednesday.

The Ethiopian officials will seek to convince the two leaders to make the needed concessions for a successful meeting and to avoid its failure.

The face to face meeting will be followed by two meetings on 21 June, the first by the IGAd Council of Ministers and the second for the head of States and Governments.


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  • 19 June 2018 04:35, by South South

    So the blind man called Riak will travel to Eithiopia to meet president Kiir. Kiir is in a very unique position and he should use that when he meets with Riak. Use IGAD proposal and let Riak jumps up and down because if he goes with IGAD proposal, he will have freedom, but if he rejects IGAD proposal, then he is for violence, send him back to South Africa.

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    • 19 June 2018 06:55, by Malakal county Simon

      South South

      I don’t really know how does the word Unique fit in just a simple meeting.... Anyway, Dr machar already signed a cessation of hostilities which proof he is not interested in violence like what’s pro-Kiir SPLM/A faction constantly been doing!!

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    • 19 June 2018 07:10, by padiit gaga

      Now is Machar is coming our blind and drunker president whos tongue was Numb by bear and Drygine will have nothing to say just only to accept what Machar and Igad otherwise sanction will be upon him. Jce tried to hold Machar from meeting but world refused their idea because they are criminal organizations. Welcome Dr.Machar this blind president is not qualify to lead us is uneducated.

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    • 19 June 2018 08:09, by jubaone

      South South

      Take that "bridging proposal of IGAD" and use it as toilet paper. Federalism (kokora), lean parliament (why do we need a bloated parliament, when old jienge criminals JCE are a defacto parliament???), IG (40%) and rest 60%, capital city taken to Ramciel, Bor or Gokrial, 10 states. If None, WAR. Period.

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      • 19 June 2018 10:30, by South South

        Where is Gokrial? Shut up coward, we have it and we are waiting for wicked to try us.

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        • 20 June 2018 07:48, by jubaone

          South South
          Impudent fool. Ya juronit and Abyei slave. I don’t care as long as you are fighting for your survival and not able to wander around like homeless idiots, I am happy. If you are idling in Sherikat (jienge squatters) or Hai Referendum or Juba na Bari (corrupted by Jienge savages to Thongpiny) we shall get you ya MTN loser.

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      • 20 June 2018 04:39, by Kuch

        Mr. Jubaone,
        "If None, WAR. Period" When are you coming back to South Sudan to come & pick up your shotgun and fight WAR my friend? Back 10 states? My arse. Good luck with that Mr. Jubaone chap. Some lowly informed Nuers were cheated that the oil wealth is drilled from their lands. And wanted to fight to take over the oil fields. But the real truth, over 90% of oil wells are all in the Dinkas>>>

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        • 20 June 2018 04:45, by Kuch

          or Jaang lands and even the untouched oil wells here in Jonglei are still in the Dinka/Jaang lands. Only Tharjath in former unity state are in the Nuer lands. But as always, it is always going to be some of our Nuers, Shilluks or Equatorians way or the high way. Good luck with that once again fellows>>>

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          • 20 June 2018 04:53, by Kuch

            You just don’t go and stay in five hotels in foreign capitals, formed your useless parties like NAS, Former detainees (FDs), SPLM-IO, SSOA and so on and demand being included in the governance of a country. There is no country on the face of the earth where everyone would want to have his/her own opposition party and then again want to be part of same government that he/she is against>>>

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            • 20 June 2018 04:59, by Kuch

              that kind of democracy doesn’t exist on earth. But what could go wrong? It is South Sudan, where everything is possible here we go?

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        • 20 June 2018 07:56, by jubaone

          Kuch aka koryom2

          Jienges defeated then turned around and showed the rest of SS their unwiped shitholes. We’ve seen it and got the message. I don’t have to see your arse or ass. As a naked jienge, I can envisage how it looks like. No compromise. Either you or the rest. Period.

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        • 20 June 2018 08:01, by jubaone

          Kuch aka koryom2
          You own 90% of the oil, fine. We own Juba. Take your oil, bath, drink it or smear it on yourselves. Kokora. Period. Or let me put it explicitly, EQUATEXIT. No jienges allowed to wander freely like stray dogs. NO.

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    • 19 June 2018 10:26, by Games

      South South
      Hahahahaahahahah, you are out of your mind, are you honestly think that Salva Kiir can fools Machar? You should be a one that would be a bit worry, because I don’t think Salva Kiir would fully understand the IGAD texts properly, and also at this time around, there will be no more reservation for Salva Kiir to cheat the world again.

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    • 19 June 2018 12:52, by Eastern

      South South,

      Whether or not he’s blind, both Kiir and Riek WOULD BE TRAVELLING AFTER BEEN SUMMONED TO ADDIS ABABA....The important thing is, Riek is doing it willingly while Kiir is doing it begrudgingly after his proposal of meeting in South Africa WAS REJECTED...!

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    • 19 June 2018 15:49, by Mapuor

      We need peace but not at the expense of our freedom. Rebels must not touch our 32+ ethnic federal states.South Sudan needs consociationalism not confusion.The current war was almost ending with capture of Pagak and Lou Nuer areas, alas, imperialism interfered and came up with the current diabolic HLRF.

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      • 20 June 2018 08:06, by jubaone

        Make them even 64 states. Just go develop your junk jiengestans and let the rest do theirs. But lazy fools and idiots have preferred settling in Equatoria while their junk states retrogress. Worthless! I like your position. It is big time KOKORA. So why idle and still wander aimlessly in Juba like stray dogs? Uh? Jienge Go Home JGH

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    • 19 June 2018 17:05, by lino

      Hahaaa! Stupid Junubi Junubi,

      Do you really understand politics?! Just wait and see what happens! Both leaders have no way to go back for consultations as Kiir is known for!!! This time he will accept everything as South Sudanese want - Opposition Parties as the representing the mass majority!
      I told you either both men in or out! Taban should look for a position in Kiir percentage now..No IO!!!

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  • 19 June 2018 07:59, by Earthly Master

    We need peace to prevail in our country even though
    there are some people who are against peace
    this is a time to stop the suffering
    of our people.

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    • 19 June 2018 12:55, by Eastern

      How do you need that peace, by dancing along the airport road to Makuei and his team after returning from Addis Ababa..?

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  • 20 June 2018 08:21, by pabaak

    This meaningless meeting shouldn’t go this is what Riek has been, every time when he see situation is not favorable for him he seek to reconcile so that he can get himself back to government and then seek another trouble to people, so this time government shouldn’t allow him to government again so that people will have to go into trouble again

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    • 20 June 2018 08:30, by pabaak

      He has nothing good to bring to south Sudan, he corrupt and complain too much in the same government he is serving in, serving two masters at the time one as government and another as the opposition, so government should watich out this another plan of anti peace element want government to make another arrangement that can jeopardize the already existing agreement

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      • 20 June 2018 08:43, by pabaak

        He shouldn’t be restated as first vice president anymore, if this opposition position in revitalization then let this agreement go to dish, he is no longer has io forces they’re already emerged to SPLM main stream. This meegovernment for confusion of the government in itself,and this confusion cannot let it happened at this time.

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        • 20 June 2018 08:47, by pabaak

          This agreement meant for confusion

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  • 20 June 2018 09:28, by Resolution

    I know all people behind the regime don`t want peace because peace must force them to ten states and most illiterate among them will their fake jobs rewarded to them politically.

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