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South Sudan’s Troika call for full implementation of ceasefire

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June 29, 2018 (JUBA) - The three countries of the Troika Friday welcomed the IGAD efforts to settle the South Sudan conflict and the signing of Khartoum Declaration of Agreement and called for full implementation of the ceasefire agreement.

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Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) at Jonglei’s Bor airport in January 2014 (AFP)

Khartoum’s declaration which was signed on 27 June is framework paper where the parties pledge to settle the outstanding issues in the implementation of security arrangements and governance chapters of the peace agreement.

However and even before the resolution of the four outstanding matters, the parties commit themselves to implement the permanent ceasefire on Saturday based on the procedures agreed in the cessation of hostilities deal on 21 December 2017. the modalities of the ceasefire are more complicated than the cessation of hostilities.

In their joint statement, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States commended the IGAD efforts to "drive forward the South Sudan peace process, and take note of the Khartoum Declaration of Agreement". They further welcome the Government of Sudan’s role in hosting the latest round of discussions.

The Troika further urged the warring parties to stop the fighting immediately stressing that" is the only secure foundation upon which any agreement can be built". They added that its effects must be seen on the ground in order to allow the return of refugees and displaced people and the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance.

“Self-monitoring” will not be sufficient to assess adherence to the ceasefire. The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) must continue to play a central role, with full access throughout the country and support in publishing timely reports," emphasized the statement.

Also, the group which has two permanent members at the UN Security Council recalled they will not put aside the violations committed to the cessation of hostilities agreement and will continue to seek measures against the spoilers to the peace process.

"The International Community, therefore, stands ready to support action by IGAD and the African Union to signal an end to impunity by delivering punitive measures against those responsible," the statement said.

In his speech before the IGAD leaders, the special envoy for South Sudan asked them to approve the targeted punitive measures already endorsed by the IGAD Council of Ministers.

The statement which came out before the resolution of pending issues in the security arrangements chapter pointed also to the need for " robust security and enforcement mechanisms, inclusion of a wide range of constituencies, and clear limits to executive power".

The Troika countries in their statement also stopped on the governance chapter and mentioned the need for "specific and realistic benchmarks throughout the transitional period, which lead to free and fair elections" to ensure a peaceful transition in South Sudan.

On the oil register, the three countries say any deal should include transparency and accountability and ensure that new oil revenues directly benefit the South Sudanese people, rather than fuel more conflict.

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  • 30 June 09:18, by Eastern

    It is a big and yet very bad joke to expect the ceasefire to hold when the Khartoum Declaration of Agreement is an EXCLUSIVE affairs between Kiir and Machar....All the other stakeholders, now accommodated at Khartoum Police Academy, have been reduced to mere spectators. Dr. Machar, accommodated in Rotana, Khartoum’s top hotel, is like another visiting head of state...The EQUATORIA FACTOR...

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    • 30 June 09:25, by Eastern

      ....is glaringly missing. Martin Kenya may be MIA, Nuer and Dinka should not be allowed to party in EQUATORIA...! Arise Equatoria..! Kiir must not be installed for the Museveni and UhuRuto dynasties to thrive in East Africa nor establish the Kiir-Machar cabal in South Sudan to sustain NCP ideologues in Khartoum...! No! Equatoria MUST assert itself NOW!

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  • 30 June 09:29, by Eastern

    SO for anybody to expect no stones to be thrown at passing vehicles along routes in Equatoria is being ignorant of the glaring EXCLUSION in the offing in Khartoum. The Exclusionist are very aware of what awaits them at the oil fields in the northern parts of the country. My free speech is not for sale nor hire..!

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    • 30 June 10:16, by jubaone

      Eastern

      Thank you. Great observation. As I´ve stated many times, EQUATEXIT is the only viable and reasonable action to undertake. Equatoria WILL NEVER again be the footmat of such people. Dr Riak is well and better informed, that acting against Equatorian interest wont get him anywhere.

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      • 30 June 10:21, by Eastern

        jubaone,

        With the farce in Khartoum, indeed, the time for EQUATEXIT in NOW! This MUST be achieved even through dirty means...!

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        • 30 June 12:52, by South South

          Jubaone and Eastern,
          Two of you need to slow down and give peace a chance. Two of you have been the voices of support for Risk in last three years, now Riak signed cease, all of sudden he is just Nuer a d Kiir is just Sinks. Well, we are all in South Sudan from different tribes. Maybe we can be I g same one from the sky go rule us. Risk lost war to get what he wants, but around table of peace he w

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          • 30 June 12:59, by South South

            Correction, I have bad connection and my smartphone keep changing some words spelling. I mean Kiir becomes a Dinka for signing cease fire.All Equatorians IO rebels are under Risk Machar. To stay in five stars hotel or in police academy is not what we want in South Sudan, South Sudan needs peace, only peace.

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            • 30 June 13:11, by South South

              Everyday Eastern and Juba cry, oh Riak has PHD, oh Riak will understand Equatorians. Now he signed cease fire, Dinka and Nuer are bad tribes, only Equatorian tribes are good. The next thing we will hear from you when Azadae tribe signs peace. Jubaone and Eastern will say, Azande tribe is bad, only Bari tribe can represent Equatoria. Two of you are not just wicked, but too stupid to deal with anyt

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              • 30 June 15:03, by Eastern

                South South,

                Live with this headache! Dr. Machar and Kiir had the best opportunity to Lord it on others which Kiir rocked in July 2016. The situation in South Sudan is now beyond these two - all South Sudanese have to be involved in deciding their destinies. When Kokora reared its ugly head even Dr. Machar shivered! The writing is on the wall!

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                • 30 June 17:20, by South South

                  Eastern,
                  I don’t give damn care to internet warrior who ran away from real war and make computer key board his war zone, let alone having headache. I am not aware of anyone from Equatoria who can lead real war in South Sudan. All what I know is that when there is a war in South Sudan, Equatorians are Ugandans, when there is war in Uganda, Equatorians are South Sudanese. Wait for internet.

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                  • 30 June 20:05, by Eastern

                    South South,

                    Even Kiir the village warrior has taken note of the ONLINE FRONT; Are you acting stupid....?

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                • 30 June 19:01, by Kuch

                  Eastern
                  I know you are not a South Sudan. Why are so interested in South Sudanese issues than in North Sudan’s issues? Yes, there are lots of South Sudanese losers & traitors who have sold their souls to foreign interest groups & these South Sudanese losers & traitors. Want to bring their foreign masters they have sold their lives to into South Sudan and they want their foreign masters to come>>>

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                  • 30 June 19:09, by Kuch

                    with foreign forces to come & protect them here in South Sudan against the South Sudanese people. And this is where the whole game becomes very complicated & chances or the real & genuine peace in South Sudan are highly unlikely any time soon. The real & genuine peace will come to our country after the so-called ’troika countries’ with realize that South Sudanese people need a space to resolve>>>

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                    • 30 June 19:15, by Kuch

                      their own problems and our ’national dialogue’ right here inside South Sudan and front of South Sudanese people is the right to go about finding a real and genuine peace in our country. But the so-called ’troika countries’ have imposed themselves as South Sudan and South Sudanese people’s colonial masters. But for these so-called ’troika countries’ not to be seen by the average, Deng, Gatluak>>>

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                      • 30 June 19:22, by Kuch

                        or Wani as our new colonial masters, they have outsourced their direct colonization of our country & our people to IGAD countries. And all the IGAD countries have a huge vested in our country for riches and our people for influences. Our country is being made a new DR Congo with consent with our traitors & losers like Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, Thomas Cirillo and others>>>

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                        • 30 June 19:29, by Kuch

                          ethiopia, North Sudan and have their own massive problems in their countries. But they quickly set their own internal problems aside but quickly came and wrestled over South Sudan’s problems since their own internal issues don’t bring money to their countries, but South Sudan’s problems are cash cows for their countries>>>

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                          • 30 June 19:34, by Kuch

                            The so-called troika countries and some IGAD countries know very well that they are doing in our country is unlikely to peace to our country. But they don’t care. They know if our ’National dialogue’ here ’inside’ South Sudan and front of the South Sudanese people is given a chance. Then a real & genuine peace in our country is going to be found pretty quickly and they>>>

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                            • 30 June 19:40, by Kuch

                              (the so-called troika countries and some IGAD countries) would be the losers. The so-called troika countries will lose leverage over our country & our people. And their intended UN government experiment (UN TRUSTEESHIP of our country) they are covertly after will be an alternative and Some IGAD countries like ethiopia & Kenya will not have any leverage over our country & our people>>>

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                              • 30 June 19:49, by Kuch

                                and their businesses they have invested in our country and our people miseries will surely tank. The troika and IGAD some countries like North Sudan, ethiopia & Kenay aware that their only leverage they have over country & our people are the so-called SPLM-IO, the so-called former detainees and blackmails & threats of their UN sanctions, donations & food aid>>>

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                                • 30 June 19:54, by Kuch

                                  The troika countries and their IGAD lackeys do not know that here in South Sudan, there are a lot of people who have an an absolute contempt to any evil on earth who thinks that he/she can stand over our necks. The so-called troika countries are wasting their damn money in the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa, Khartoum & Nairobi and they come & lie through their evil teeth that they have>>>

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                                  • 30 June 19:59, by Kuch

                                    spent billions on South Sudanese peace when they know it is a pure lie. Why they (the so-called troika countries and IGAD countries lackeys) are heeding the South Sudanese people call for ’national dialogue’ instead wasting their damn times and their money in foreign capitals on some they damn know is not going to come and be implemented. How long are they going to keep their puppets>>>>

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                                    • 30 June 20:06, by Kuch

                                      like Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirillo, Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot, Adwok Nyabe in foreign capitals? The troika countries and their IGAD countries lackeys can make their damn own deal in those foreign capitals, but their real bucks stop to South Sudanese people & right here inside South Sudan where those damn shoddy deals being crated by criminals with their damn own vested>>>

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                                      • 30 June 20:12, by Kuch

                                        interested in our country & over our people would come and be implemented and not in those foreign capitals. The so-called troika countries and their lackeys love affair with our country & our people has gone too fellows. And their love affair with our country & our people is going to explode pretty very badly again in their evil faces if criminals continue ignore the South Sudanese people warning

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                                        • 30 June 20:14, by Kuch

                                          to bring the negotiation right to South Sudanese where the real issues are going to be tackled head on. Really, why are the criminals keeping the South Sudanese people out of their own peace talks?

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