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Machar requested confidence-building measures before to come to Juba: letter


Machar (C) speaks to the SSBC after his meeting with the NPTC members in Khartoum on 23 October 2018

October 24, 2018 (JUBA) - The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In-Opposition (SPLM-IO) leader Riek Machar addressed to the President Salva Kiir in which he asks him to take three confidence-building measures before the national peace celebration on 30 October.

In a letter dated 21 October seen by Sudan Tribune Machar welcomed a written invitation to take part in the peace celebration and recalled that he had already welcomed the verbal invitation that Kiir extended to him on 22 September when they met in Khartoum ten days after the signing of the revitalized peace agreement.

He further reminded him that he had also "raised concerns that need to be addressed to enable me to join you in Juba for the celebration"

Following what, Machar recalled that his appeal includes the release of political prisoners, detainees and abductees as well as the prisoners of war, the lift of state of emergency and the lift of the ban on the activities of all opposition political parties and movement.

Machar in his meeting with the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC) on Tuesday announced his participation in the celebration and underscored that it aims to create a suitable atmosphere for peace implementation. He also said his demands aimed to achieve the same goal.

"Your action would create a conducive environment for the peace implementation mechanisms to freely operate from Juba as well," Machar wrote in his letter.

Different sources close to the file from both sides were not able to confirm if Machar received reassurances from Juba about his demands.

During his meeting with the NPTC, the SPLM-IO leader said that "the Revitalized Peace Agreement is the last chance for the political leaders to assume their national role to prevent the collapse of the country".


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  • 24 October 2018 23:24, by jubaone

    Riak! SS is long a failed state taken hostage by a rapacious gang of miscreants who run it as if they were in an open ended luak. In a functioning state, people work hard to sustain it. In a failed and collapsed one, lazy fools rip it naked and stash off all the resources cuz they can’t work.

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    • 25 October 2018 00:38, by The Rhino


      If Somalia itself, a confirmed failed state joins in to resuscitate the security situation in South Sudan,it means South Sudan has long superseded Somalia down the abyss.Dysfunctional government institutions, rogue banking system, worse infrastructure, vile incompetent politicians, tribal army of thieves,rapists,murderers,arnachy..etc the list is long.South Sudan has long collapsed!

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      • 25 October 2018 09:56, by jubaone

        Satan has found a domicile in SS. And the jienges are his sons and daughters. We are seeing Satan personified as jienges. Whenever you meet one, please make a sign of cross cuz that is the devil 😈 himself. Diabolo

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    • 25 October 2018 02:20, by South South


      This is too much for you, please join peace and be a good guy. Leave those of Eastern and The Rhino alone.

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      • 25 October 2018 09:23, by Eastern

        South South,

        That’s typical jenge mindset.....When Dr. Machar didn’t agree with Kiir, the tribal leader said forget Machar and work with El Tabani Deng, Alfred Lado et al. Now see where the country is - you have gone full circle! This is jenegeism at full display.

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        • 25 October 2018 10:54, by South South


          Taban Deng and Alfred Lado are real guys who love South Sudan. Cirillo is making empty war; nonetheless, he will come back to Juba with his head down. You MUST learn to live with Dinkas if you want to live in South Sudan; otherwise, stay in DIASPORA for life.

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          • 25 October 2018 11:17, by Eastern

            South South,

            Please grow up! Peace is not just wished but felt - when all South Sudanese experience equity and justice. Don’t get deluded that IGAD, the livestock organisation, wants peace and all the hungry neighbouring countries want peace in South Sudan. Uganda has become the leading GOLD EXPORTER thanks to the instabilities in S.Sudan and DR Congo!

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            • 25 October 2018 12:10, by South South


              We are not going to pay attention to a few people like you who hate South Sudan. We must move on with peace as majority of our people want it. You can say anything you want about peace in our country in internet, but that will not stop us from doing our job.

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      • 25 October 2018 09:50, by jubaone

        South South
        Peace is not an abstract word, but a doing word. The kiirminal has to walk his talk meaning he must act upon his words. Do you have a word for peace anyway? Riak has already declined coming to Juba for the hyped peace celebrations that shall cost about $3m. Money that could help pregnant mothers and sick babies in pain. This is jienge thinking.

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        • 25 October 2018 10:50, by South South


          We have real peace in South Sudan. Majority of our people want peace, majority of our leaders want peace, IGAD wants peace in South Sudan, our neighboring countries want peace in South Sudan. Riak himself wants peace and our oil is up. Who is left? No one, maybe handful people like Cirillo who is a real thief anyway.Join us jubaone.

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    • 25 October 2018 06:04, by Malakal county Simon

      That’s sound better than soft tone of yesterday!!

      The government should not drag their feets to simply release the 3 political detainees, prisoners of war and lifting unwanted state of emergency, if they genuinely peace as they sing it.... Dr machar is not boarding a plane soon, until those simple demands above are met!!

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    • 25 October 2018 09:51, by Joyuma John

      Yes machar has a point of refusing not join 30th Oct. celebration, what are we celebrating, I suggest that celebration should be after pre-interim period, the problem here machar had first agreed to join celebration as government making processes of releasing prisoners of war, but the question is what will be the way forward if government does not release pow?

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      • 25 October 2018 12:11, by Pakuai

        Joyuma John,
        Mr. Riek Machar was long since killed in Juba, in 2016, all these propaganda piece trashes are nothing but our enemies ones. But don’t you worry chap.

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    • 25 October 2018 15:41, by Midit Mitot

      Leave alone the other conditions, state of emergency need to be lifted before date 30/10/2018, otherwise any things should happens without accountability.

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    • 25 October 2018 17:16, by garrak1520

      Kiir must show to the world he is serious about the signed peace agreement by freeing all war, political prisoners and abductees. The world does not trust Kiir, he lies, and deceives, and does not care about South Sudan. Peace agreement can’t be implemented half.

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  • 25 October 2018 05:08, by Nairobimitot

    These two leaders Machar and Mayardit should know that the country called South Sudan belongs them and the success and the failure of this country is under their hands. The two leaders are very popular in their communities and should respect and stick to the vision of SPLM. Do not destroy the country and divide the people this time. Unite the country and develop it

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  • 25 October 2018 09:32, by Kush Natives

    Dr. Machar, there’s no building built as a confident built building, so better to cease repeating the same thing day in/out, South Sudan is ready for peace ever, there’s nothing to undermine here. Come in and see yourself! No more miscalculation again! Just tell those young white army boys to start Arabic language before they come in.

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  • 25 October 2018 12:03, by marial-akol

    malakal county boy, is Dr. Dhurgon coming back to work with unwanted Kiir? eheheheh! you are very confusion guys. this is not the way politics are being played. you must to dance according to the tune, otherwise you will be out of disco. enjoy your bush if you are or come back with the tail in between your legs.

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  • 25 October 2018 12:24, by Sir King

    South South,
    What are you discussing with those fake Ugandans and Congolese like Jubaone, Eastern and rest of Equatorians. Those are people with novice political dimension, importers from foreign countries. Just keep quiet, they will see Thomas Chirilo of theirs coming back like a woman soon. Monkeys.......

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  • 25 October 2018 12:27, by Sir King

    - Dinka, Muonyjang they hate today for nothing have fought for 21 years with Sudan and they stood strong until they came back with rotten MOUTHS that they want to come and enjoy South Sudan free. They collaborated with Arabs, they used to donate their mothers and sisters to Arabs soldiers in Juba but Dinka redeemed them. Now what are they talking about? Monkeys................... You will never...

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  • 25 October 2018 12:31, by Sir King

    - pat on that chair of Presidency except the Nuer. What have you done, you EQUATORIANS? You were just donors of young girls and your mothers to Arabs armies, but the Dinka and Nuer have never done that. Riek Machar is the only problem, but Dinka and Nuer have no problem. Wait, let them unite, you will all go back to Uganda, Congo and Central Africa, you pigmies!

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    • 25 October 2018 12:44, by Eastern

      Sir Slave,

      You another jenge....Uganda that you chosen to loath is the MAJOR FACTOR behind Kiir’s stay in power. If it was not for UPDF, you moron won’t know where to hide. As for Equatoria and the Equatorians, they remain a MAJOR stakeholder to the land. Take note that peace is not the absence of war!

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  • 25 October 2018 16:54, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    "Requesting confident-Building Measures before coming to Juba to join in celebration for Peace"My fellow leaders of the south Sudanese, can you take a minute of silent to mediate in your inner ears and to talk to your inner hearts to hearken the overwhelming suffering of innocence civilian across the glove?We though we elected u to care for us,and if u only care about your own neck,then we re sorr

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  • 25 October 2018 17:03, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    We the public demand, our desire was that we elected u to take care and protect us as citizens and if these is the case we are really very sorry for you, the leaders of the republic of south Sudan, there is no public figures prominent within those who are in charge at this in time, an if there are few of u out there then it could be u haven’t got chance yet

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  • 25 October 2018 18:08, by Joseph Canada

    Guys,something is fishy here. The prisoners age of been released, killing of people by Kiir’s regime is still going on, non of emergencies have not lifted. Yet Riek is planning to go to Juba for celebration. What’s this?

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