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SPLM-IO, SSOA refuse to initial final S. Sudan peace document


South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar arrives at the office of Ethiopia's Prime Minister for a meeting with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (Photo AP)
August 28, 2018 (KHARTOUM) -The Sudanese foreign minister and IGAD chief mediator Tuesday said the SPLM-IO of Riek Machar and the South Sudan Opposition Alliance have refused to initial the final document of the revitalized peace agreement.

“The main opposition party, led by Machar, as well as another group, refused to sign, demanding guarantees over their reservations” El-Dirdeiry Ahmed.

The two groups have underscored their concerns on two different issues.

The SPLM-IO objected to the constitution-making process saying the permanent constitution have to elaborate through the National Constitutional Conference and not by the government-controlled National Constitutional Review Commission as provided in the draft agreement.

For the opposition alliance, their concerns were mainly focused on the referendum which is set by the mediation as the default solution to fix the disagreement over the number of the 32 states unilaterally established President Kiir. So, they call to re-establish the old 10 states as the default option.

On Monday evening, El-Dirdeiry and South Sudan information minister already announced the rejection to sign the deal by one of the two parties, adding that the other failed to meet the deadline and said the signing will be on Tuesday morning.

For the issue of the states, the mediators maintained the referendum as the default option but added two new elements. The first is to review the current boundaries of states and to ensure their conformity to the 1.1.1956 tribal border. The second that people would be asked if they want the 10 states system or the 32 states regime.

For the concern of the SPLM-IO, it is unclear what the mediators have proposed to the main opposition group.

The call for democratic reforms and was the reason that led to the eruption of the five-year civil war in South Sudan.

The Sudanese mediators are expected to reach the two parties to break the deadlock.

President Salva Kiir has already arrived in Beijing where he will meet Chinese leaders ahead of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation is scheduled for 3-4 September.


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  • 28 August 2018 14:33, by Eastern

    Can a few South Sudanese out there facing rent and upkeep problems out of the country contact Kiir’s main contact in Khartoum to claim new leaderships of SPLA-IO, NAS, PDM, etc...? A million US dollar awaits your efforts. Haile Kiir; SPLA Oyee...! Kiir is ALWAYS RIGHT...!

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    • 28 August 2018 15:04, by Paul Ongee

      SPLM-IO is having problem reading the document proposed by the mediation because yesterday they failed to give back the semi-final draft w/out reservation because to them the time given for reading it was so small - from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The fast readers of Government delegation finished but opposition have problem fathoming the semi-final draft. Demanding positions is easy but reading is.....

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      • 28 August 2018 15:14, by Paul Ongee

        What do democratic reforms have to do with 10, 21 or 32 states and rejection of referendum where the fate of 32 states rests only with the decision of South Sudanese? They just want to continue staying in the cozy hotels in Khartoum arguing about number of states while the people of South Sudan need peace, security and reconciliation now.

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        • 28 August 2018 15:28, by Eastern

          Of course nobody would have any difficulty reading what they have authored or you want to tell us the text was written in Latin which most South Sudanese don’t comprehend..?

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          • 28 August 2018 15:43, by jubaone

            Well stated. Paul Ongee is perhaps alluding that the draft proposals were in "Jienglish". That of course would need time for translation. But given the fact that there are hardly any jienges in the negotiating teams of both IO and SSOA, we might need an "Agamlong" 😆

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            • 28 August 2018 16:23, by Eastern


              The documents making rounds in Khartoum which is being bounced by the political parties was put together by the regime; it is self defeating to expect them to take long to read what they authored in the first place!Let hungry dogs from the diaspora or the region facing personal financial challenges overthrow Machar or any other political leader for a handout from Juba.

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        • 28 August 2018 15:48, by jubaone

          Paul Ongee
          What democratic reforms are you talking about? Who talked about democratic reforms in this draft proposal? This is terse and lacks substance. No one understands what you are up to perhaps your fellow "monyjienges"

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        • 28 August 2018 20:35, by The Rhino

          Paul Ongee,

          Keep your nonsense for yourself.Kiir and his tribal JCE created the 32 states without even consulting the parliament,let alone the decision of the general public in South Sudan.It was an illegal ill move to instill chaos,conflicts and tensions among communities across the country.Kiir and his jienges cooked this up,so that he is glued on power while South Sudanese kill themselves....

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          • 28 August 2018 20:43, by The Rhino

            Paul Ongee,
            ..with boundary issues.So stop your weak alogical suggestions asking for South Sudanese to decide for the fate of your devilish 32 jienge states.You idiots are literally mocking and insulting South Sudanese beyond limits,playing wicked politics behind their backs and abusing their trust and faith when talking about your f**king junk 32 states.The main IO and SSOA are smart ......

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            • 28 August 2018 20:51, by The Rhino

              Paul Ongee,
              ...South Sudanese intellectuals,and they’re more than prepared to haunt and keep you awake through all nights.I truly advice IO,SSOA and particularly NAS and PDM to maintain momentum and scan their way forward very methodically.So far,so good,two thumbs up!The entire Opposition must not allow rooms for mistakes when dealing with a murderous regime of Kiir and his cronies!

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  • 28 August 2018 15:55, by Sunday Junup

    I stated it time without number that as long as Kiirimnal and his Jieng Council of Evil (JCE) still on power, there is no room for Peace until they are no more. I hope people realize that July 2016 was real and it happen because of Issue of states.

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  • 28 August 2018 16:33, by gatkhor Nueri

    is too hard yaa jama

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    • 28 August 2018 20:22, by lino

      The next war in the country will be what I call Tribal Boundary War!!! So, South Sudanese must handle the issue of 32 States very wisely and carefully.Just leaving it for a referendum is very risky!!!South Sudanese don’t know the different between the the 32 and 10 states; the majority are primitives and the don’t think it!!!They only focus on the idea that they were given their states without...

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      • 28 August 2018 20:27, by lino

        I tell you if we decided to 32 state through a referendum, we don’t want any other tribes to cross through our established boarder to graze their cattle, pigs, or goats!!! Remember that; if they crossed, those live-stokes are ours!!!

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      • 28 August 2018 20:27, by lino

        I tell you if we decided to 32 state through a referendum, we don’t want any other tribes to cross through our established boarder to graze their cattle, pigs, or goats!!! Remember that; if they crossed, those live-stokes are ours!!!

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        • 29 August 2018 06:27, by Pakuai

          Who told you that piece of rubbish chap? Our Khartoum will be next, piece of idiot. But to be honest with fellows, no one Dinkas/Monyjiengs had/have stole any single piece of land from any lowly informed South Sudanese fools. In fact, our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan have stole our lands. We know how to get land stolen backs from our enemies>>>>

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          • 29 August 2018 06:36, by Pakuai

            lowly informed like some of our Nuers, Shilluks & some of lowly informed losers like some of our Equatorians are one being used to game with us & our country. And their foreign masters from the US, the UK, their UN, their cloned arab of North Sudan & some of their creepy allies in between are the ones playing games with our country & our people. But they have been warned, that their dirty games>>>

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            • 29 August 2018 06:42, by Pakuai

              and intrigues have long since been discounted by the SPLM/A. Fellows, we are going to bomb our enemies out of map & out of Africa once and for all. I will repeat again, South Sudan is not part of the so-called ANGLO-AMERICA empire. Fellows, your so-called English people are the ones who have been playing game with our country & our people. By using their losers, puppets/stooges,>>>

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              • 29 August 2018 06:47, by Pakuai

                traitors & thieves like Mr. Riek Machar and others as their blackmails & bargaining cards over our country & our people. Riek Machar is considered to be *Western Educated*. And so he was considered to be ’malleable’ to evil white Americans, English people & some of their creepy allies in between like their so-called *israel*>>>

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                • 29 August 2018 06:54, by Pakuai

                  their evil *juus* to be precise. Little do these evils know that their Mr. Riek Machar went and study in *magician* piece of rubbish at their evil English people *university of Bradford* And the evil English people think, that South Sudanese people are "equivalent with them" good luck once again. Game is over. We are going to bomb you to near extinction>>

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                  • 29 August 2018 07:05, by Pakuai

                    out of our country, Kenya, South Africa, we may have some problems with Germans in Namibia, but we are going to destroy the criminals we don’t want in our country to be with in our counry & to be closed again to our people fellows. But some Germans, Russians, all the Nordic countries minus Norway are welcomed to our country of Australia, Japanese people, Chinese people>>>

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                    • 29 August 2018 07:16, by Pakuai

                      Indigenous of Pacific, indigenous of Australia, Canadian indigenous people & others are welcomed and "swim in our Nile" crocodile will not come and kill you fellows. But we are not going to welcome any evil white Americans, English people, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states financiers, Abeshas (so-called ethiopians), their Boko Haram criminals Northern Nigeria>>>

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                      • 29 August 2018 07:23, by Pakuai

                        with their long dead Buhari and other bunch of evils that we just don’t to live with them with sun or with ran. We are here fellows. There are some people on earth who love or like other people when in fact, others people just don’t even consider you anyone in the fist place. Here in South Sudan. Many lowly detected Nigerians, so-scaled West indies have been brought here>>>

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                        • 29 August 2018 07:27, by Pakuai

                          to be resettled in African, on the Nile. South Sudan. Good luck fellows once again. We are here. Who says we want you fools in our country? Who really says? No one fools.

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