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South Sudan rebels deny rival leaders held face to face talks


May 10, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, and his political rival Riek Machar, the former vice president turned rebel leader, did not hold the proposed face to face talks in Addis Ababa in order to reach an agreement to end the almost five-month-old conflict in the country, a rebel spokesperson revealed on Saturday.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir walks before he signed peace agreement documents with rebel leader Riek Machar in Addis Ababa May 9, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

The two leaders, however, signed an agreement on in Addis Ababa to end the crisis in South Sudan in which they also renewed the shaky ceasefire.

Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune on Saturday that the two principals did not hold direct talks as they only responded to the draft agreement prepared by the mediation team who separately consulted with them on the text.

“The two leaders did not hold direct talks. IGAD mediators consulted them separately on the draft agreement. They only met and shook hands during the signing of the roadmap agreement,” Dak said.

During their visits to South Sudan last week, both the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki Moon, and the US secretary of state, John Kerry, said the two top leaders would hold direct talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, for the first time in order to agree on the way forward.

Another diplomatic source at the venue of the peace talks told Sudan Tribune that the guideline document was not directly negotiated by president Kiir and rebel leader Machar, but was “imposed on the two leaders by the US government which threatened sanctions against any party that would disagree”.

The document calls on the two parties to “immediately cease all hostile activities within 24 hours of the signing of this agreement”.

They also “agree that a transitional government of national unity will offer the best chance for the people of South Sudan to take the country forward; and that such a government shall oversee government functions during a transitional period, implement critical reforms as negotiated through the peace process, oversee a permanent constitution process, and guide the country to new election”.

Dak said the document serves as a roadmap for future negotiations, not only between the two warring parties, but also with inclusion of other South Sudanese stakeholders.

“The two parties with the participation of other South Sudanese stakeholders will continue to negotiate on future governance in the country. A transitional government shall be formed as a product of a negotiated political settlement in order to implement that future agreement,” he further said.

The rebel group has been calling for restructuring of the state based on a political agreement and a federal constitution before formation of a transitional government.

The government however wanted a permanent ceasefire first followed by a power-sharing arrangement with the rebels.

The two parties on 23 January signed an agreement of cessation of hostilities but accused each other of violating the agreement as their forces continued to fight.

Without effective independent monitoring and evaluation system of the two rival forces on the ground, analysts say it may be difficult to respect the ceasefire or determine violators.


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  • 11 May 2014 01:50, by Ito

    Salva kiir and his Dinka must step down otherwise we are ready to sacrifice our life for this beloved country. Dr. Riek machar is the only leader who can save this country from failing and the Dinka are jealous of him and that is why they cooked up false coup to kill him in its name. Dinka will cry, itis just a matter of time, mark my words. The cancer of south sudan are the Dinkas.

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    • 11 May 2014 03:26, by Akol Liai Mager

      South Sudanese people must refrain from divisive and denial of others and focus on the promotion of peace and reconciliation in their remarks and comments. Sudan Tribune too, must exercise its editorial regulations to ensure that the voices of peace & reconciliation are given chances than the ones that promote violence and division.

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      • 11 May 2014 04:07, by Akol Liai Mager

        It’s always good to tell the truth however, the truth in the case of South Sudan’s current conflict is not Dinka or Nuer, but individual problems. Good examples on how S Sudan’s problems is neither Dinka nor Nuer have already been provided such as more than half of the accused SPLM leaders for the so-called coup plotters are Dinka and Nuer were only three by December 2013. Let’s promote only peace

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      • 11 May 2014 14:24, by Gabriel Ajak

        This Riek spokesperson we nickname him Akoldit Kuol till he joint the govt of SS.

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    • 11 May 2014 05:35, by Gogrialboys

      Ito, I don’t think such people like you would face Dinka in the real situation, otherwise you could have already smile what the Dinka is cooking. If you guys think that you can rule South-sudan without Dinka, then you don’t know what you talking about. Dinka is a tribe like other tribes in South-Sudan that respect the diversity of our nation, and that we are intellectually mature and organize.

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  • 11 May 2014 04:20, by Philosopherking

    First what is this news? What if they did not meet face to face to negotiate, why does it matter? All that was needed was their signature and commitment. On a warning note, Salva Kirr must stop thinking that he can not be replaced...and must stop talking rubbish like I must remain in that position! What the hell? Step down mr. president, we have had enough of you.

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    • 11 May 2014 05:19, by Gogrialboys

      I don’t think Kiir has intention or refuse to be replace, but not through the barrel of gun. Riak Machar is a betrayer that would not lead this country. He always think that through his tribe, he can ascended to power but has been proven wrong twice now. He would killed innocent as he wants, but at the end of the day, he will come crying for forgiveness. I don’t think that will apply this time.

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      • 11 May 2014 05:46, by Gogrialboys

        Ito, when I said Dinka is intellectually mature and organize, I mean they cannot betray South-Sudanese like the way your uncle always do. Now tell me, what leadership can your uncle Riak bring to South-Sudan? What I know about him and I think many South-Sudanese would agree with me, is that he is going to bring more white bitches to his palace. He has no moral values or cultural relativism.

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        • 11 May 2014 06:43, by Bentiu son

          Gogrialboy brought up with our Upper Nile region oil money by your Gogrial thievery engineers Salva Kiir, Bol Mel and big thief Ayendit.Dr Machar has no comparison with your alcoholic son Salva Kiir Kuethpiny- Jurchol bred turned Dinka Rek of Warap State.Dr Machar is only hope for South Sudanese minus Gogrial thieves only.He is democratic/charismatic/populist leader that will free us from Kiir mes

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  • 11 May 2014 07:51, by 4Justice

    Salva Kuethpiny has decimated all existing inter-tribal relations in South Sudan beyond repair simply because of power. As someone born overseas I don’t really care, I’m not possessed by the demons of tribalism, nepotism, pride, greed, looting and killing I can comfortably associate myself with Congolese, Ugandans, Liberians etc for the rest of my life without any problems; but the only concern that I have is for the innocent Dinka who are marginalised living in urban slums without food and the rest that are abandoned in the villages without heath care and proper nutrition will be hated by other tribes for the rest of their lives - all because one reckless stubborn man with nothing to offer - called Salvatore Kiir Kuethpiny. The apprehension the people of South Sudanese were having concerning Salva Kuthpiny’s ability to steer South Sudan towards their aspirations for peace and security, prosperity and development has become all too apparent and there is little or nothing people can do to stop him peacefully. His reckless actions that are motivated by selfish greed for power has set him on a collision course with the people of South Sudan resulting in wanton malice against anyone who dares to disagree with his perverted unconventional mindset.


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  • 11 May 2014 08:09, by 4Justice

    Spelling error "collision course" not Collusion course"

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