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SSOA leaders pose in a collective picture (ST file)

August 3, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese political opposition groups Friday declared their rejection of the agreement on the outstanding issues on governance, dashing hopes for an inclusive deal on 5 August 2018.

In a joint statement on Friday, the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) and the SPLM-FDs said they have been informed by the mediation that Juba rejected their proposals to settle the difference over the Independent Boundary Committee (IBC), and the proposed referendum which is now the default position if the parties fail to reach an agreement on the disputed 32 states.

"In view of this development, we would like to inform the public that we cannot sign the said agreement in its present form," reads the joint statement reiterating their readiness sign it "if and when our concerns are addressed" in line to the three proposals they made.

The two opposition groups previously said opposed to the conditions under which the popular consultation over the number of states would be held, stressing that it would lead to maintaining a territorial administrative division illegally established.

Instead, they proposed that in case the IBC fail to reach a compromise over the 32 states to re-establish the previous territorial administration: 10 states, as agreed in a decision by the IGAD Council of Ministers in January 2016. Otherwise, or the "seventy- nine (79) Counties as they stood on 9/7/2005 or the three regions or, as a last resort, arbitration".

The IGAD leaders and some African Union leaders are expected in Khartoum on Sunday for the signing of the agreement which will be the last on the outstanding agreement.

The deal will be signed by the South Sudanese government and the main armed opposition group, the Other Political Parties (OPP) led by Peter Mayen Majongdit and the South Sudan United Movement (SSUM) of Peter Gadet Yak who was part of the SSOA.

The South Sudanese information minister minimized the political opposition groups, saying their absence will not affect the implementation of the peace agreement. However, the IGAD mediation was keen to achieve a holistic and sustainable peace agreement.

The contribution of the SSOA and FDs would be important at the constitutional process as they represent the interests of some social segments that are not represented in the other political groups including the Shilluk which is the third ethic component in the country.

(ST)

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  • 4 August 02:17, by South South

    Who says Shilluk is the third ethic component in the country? Azande is the third, even Bari tribe is bigger than Shulluk.

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    • 4 August 08:44, by Awet Awet

      South Sudan , bigger or whatever is not the concerns but the true peace is the most needed than that fake one that u about to celebrate for, open your eye and see well what Sudan trying to do , this peace is between Dinka and Nuer ; if u can see those who sign are Dinka and Nuer only .

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      • 4 August 09:31, by South South

        Awet Awet,

        I think you are sleep deeping. If there is peace between Nuer and Dinka in South Sudan, the rest will follow. In Ethiopia, the big tribe rules, in Kenya the big tribe rules, in South Africa, the big tribe rules and everywhere majority rules. South Sudan is not an exceptional.

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        • 4 August 14:48, by Awet Awet

          South Sudan.
          Nuer and Dinka are majority but they are foolish at the same time, it remain me on what Dr John Garang said to Bahra Gezal he said you are more like flies but you are the most foolish enough.
          Is the above countries you mentioned have peace? Are you peace will come? Fake peace is usually fake, uncooked food return to be cook again
          Awet Awet
          True upper Nile son

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  • 4 August 02:27, by Theone

    South Sudanese are dying of preventable diseases and hunger . And former KHARTOUM RATS want positions.

    I wish the KILLER John Garang was alive

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  • 4 August 07:01, by Mayendit

    The refusal of Oppositions Alliance and those Political Detainees would be regrettable on them later on. First of all, the SPLM IO and the government will works collectively because they have learned what went wrong last time and I think the peace agreement will hold water this time. Commitment on both leaders is important for country interest and the citizens. So reconciliation, healing is need.

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  • 4 August 07:14, by Mayendit

    About Federal System, the rebels from Equatoria must understand that, any system of government will not be proposed by foreign mediators but the people of the country have to find way on what best for themselves. First thing, formation of gov, national unity and let us have new constitutional reforms. Second, let sitting MPS, vote it. third, it is too soon to post Federal system on New nation.

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    • 4 August 15:50, by jubaone

      Mayendit
      You did not ask any SS when you stupidly established 28 then now 32 states. By the same token, we shall not request any referendum nor ask jienges for permission to go federal. We will go our way and are ready to do it. You want a showdown, Equatorians are ready. We don’t take orders from savages. No federalism no peace. Take it or spit it. Case closed. Next.

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      • 4 August 16:14, by South South

        jubaone,
        Why should we ask anyone in South Sudan about anything we want and we have majority. This is our country and we will rule it the way we want. Equatorians are minority at this point, so they need to listen and be smart to be given some rewards .

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        • 4 August 21:26, by jubaone

          South South
          Oh well here goes the jienges. Then go ahead and implement your jienge programs. Fact is, you could have done what you wanted but God wasn’t a fool. He made you nuts and idiots abd only wait for Equatoria to move on. Fact is, SS is a shithole when Equatoria is at war. Jiengelands are simply grazing areas for cows. The foolish majority.

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        • 4 August 22:17, by jubaone

          South South
          Almost all docile and less intelligent ethnic communities have run and are squatting i Equatoria. We wonder how the "big" teibes just couldn’t do the same as the "minority " Equatorians. Seems the big tribes dont have what we Equatorians have; common sense and values. They have the oil but not the brains, ask God what happened.

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        • 4 August 22:47, by jubaone

          South South
          I am proud and blessed to be an Equatorian. We discuss our issues and treat our fellow Equatorians with dignity and respect. If you jienges treat your fellow jienges with disdain and disrespect like cows, I’m sorry for you. SS is not a luak and any attempts to run it like a cattle camp is NOT for civilized Equatorians. Keep your jienge attributes to your fellow jienges. Case closed

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  • 4 August 07:42, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Note that South Sudan is composed of three regions that were established under colonial rule. It is therefore paramount that the interests of each of those states taken seriously. Three times Equatorians held conferences at Nyakuron and laid their demands on how they should be governed but no one seems to note that because of political policy of exclusivity. Therefore Equatoria asks for her right

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    • 4 August 08:39, by Paul Ongee

      Ya opposition groups,
      You should be thankful for the mediation role played by Khartoum who has felt the pain of destabilizing South Sudan economically and politically. Do you think Khartoum would continue providing logistical support to you as it used to do? The little Khartoum gets from our oil through pipeline charges is more than the $ they get from the perceived gold revenue.

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      • 4 August 08:52, by Paul Ongee

        If the root causes of the conflict was really about wrangling over SPLM Party chairmanship that Riek, Pagan, & Rebecca declare their intentions to run, hoping that the position would softly land one of them into presidential position, then what brought the issue of negotiating positions, power sharing, governance,32 or 10 states or reverting to three regions of South Sudan, ?

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        • 4 August 09:36, by Paul Ongee

          What proves that foreign power or TROIKA in particular would succeed in imposing them upon South Sudanese as if South Sudanese do not know who to elect democratically? I learned one thing from de position of western world against South Sudan - imposition of a leader of their choice on RSS or any developing nation is democratic approach, not interference into internal affairs.

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          • 4 August 09:57, by Paul Ongee

            Are foreign aid, donations/UN humanitarian assistance to be used as a springboard to impose a leader on de people of developing nations? Why shouldn’t western powers guide power-hungry politicians to stop or avoid war to become a president? Foreign powers need to avoid instructing these politicians behind closed door to use violent approach while backing them up with international media groups.

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    • 4 August 09:23, by South South

      jur_likang_a_ likan’g,

      Those simple talks about Eqautoria is not happy with peace have no place in our country right now. Peace has arrives with everything in it for all South Sudanese.It’s so clear now that Eqautorians were using Riak to fight for their hidden agenda, now Riak and Nuer are out from the equation, let’s see what they will say again. We will land on them like a bomb.

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      • 4 August 22:12, by jubaone

        South South
        I really dont see how you have contributed to intellectual and soci-economic liberation of SS. Truth is, Equatoria is the heatt of SS and NO investors will ever do business outside Equatoria. Did you ask yourself why investors, friends of SS have all preferred to hang out in Equatoria? Cuz we’re civilizedabd pro development unlike jienge savages who have nothing and can’t do anything

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  • 4 August 17:33, by Sunday Junup

    I fully don’t understand my people SS in politic. I’m not happy with that peace agreement to be signed in Khartoum or any peace which will reinstate Salva as President but the fact remain that you can’t remove him by power since He made deal with foreign alliance. What is important now is that let them sign peace but don’t rebel and i will not rebel but hide some where till Kiir is no more.

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    • 4 August 18:25, by South South

      Sunday Junup,
      That’s perfect for us. Hide somewhere until Kiir is gone, but remember this. Kiir will be replaced by die-hard SpLA. If you want to make comparison with Kiir. Kiir is an angel.

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      • 4 August 21:30, by jubaone

        South South
        Jienge losers who can’t develop themselves surely are not only jealous that we Equatorians can do much with so little. The dormant and docile majority are simply a worthless human burdenwho neither intellectually nor socio-economically are of any relevance. Simply, one would make out of them a human zoo.

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      • 4 August 22:09, by Sunday Junup

        South South,
        Go to hell with your SPLA! Where is SPLA? SPLA-Kiir, SPLA-Riak, SPLA-Taban, SPLA-Pagan etc SPLA has already die just wait?

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      • 4 August 22:10, by Sunday Junup

        South South,
        Go to hell with your SPLA! Where is SPLA? SPLA-Kiir, SPLA-Riak, SPLA-Taban, SPLA-Pagan etc SPLA has already die just wait?

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      • 5 August 00:11, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        South South,

        You are politically and intellectually a dwarf. Your reasoning is below a standard of a normal human being to the extent that you can not distinguish what is wrong and good. I just wonder how an adult who is supposed to be independent thinker can think and shower non sense in this website. You are a complete disgrace to your family andSouth Sudan in general.

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