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South Sudan rebel leader Machar due to visit Khartoum


May 24, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition faction, Riek Machar, is expected to arrive in Khartoum within the coming week as part of a tour of East African countries, Sudanese sources have revealed.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar, addresses a press conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 12 May 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

The rebel leader has been staying in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, since 9 May where he signed a roadmap peace deal with his rival the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, which shall guide further negotiations between their two delegations on future transitional governance and leadership.

He also held talks with the Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, in which the two leaders discussed the road to peace in South Sudan.

The Sudanese sources revealed that an advance team of the opposition faction was scheduled to arrive in Khartoum over the weekend to arrange for Machar’s arrival.

Machar will meet with officials of the Sudanese government during his visit.

Reacting to the news, South Sudan’s Foreign Minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, has reportedly said the expected visit by the rebel leader to Khartoum should be coordinated between the Sudanese and South Sudanese governments for the sake of peace and stability in South Sudan.

He pointed out that the two Sudans have good diplomatic relations and the flow of oil through Sudanese territory is evidence of the good ties between the two countries.

Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, has confirmed to Sudan Tribune the planned tour to some regional countries by the armed opposition leader, saying the visits are for consultations with the regional leaders on peace and stability in South Sudan.

"Yes, our leadership plans to visit a number of countries in the region for further consultations on the peace process. These are member countries of the regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which currently mediates the peace talks in Addis Ababa between us and the regime in Juba," Dak said.

The diplomatic tour by the rebel leader seems to cause anxiety in Juba which has already found difficulty in selling its coup attempt narrative by Machar to the outside world as the cause of the crisis since mid-December last year.

However, the rebel spokesperson said there was no reason for “bad mood” in the visits by the opposition leader.

"I don’t see any reason why such important visits to the IGAD member countries should raise negative emotions in Juba," Dak added.

He said the opposition leader was free to travel to any country in the world he wanted to visit in the interest of the peace process.

The visits, he added, are good for the success of the IGAD sponsored peace talks which aims at ending the 5-month bloody conflict in South Sudan.

The countries to visit beginning in the next few days will include Kenya and Sudan, among others, he said.

The rebel leader’s spokesperson however ruled out any possible visit to Uganda by the opposition leader, saying "Kampala and Juba are partners in war crime against a section of the society in South Sudan."


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  • 24 May 2014 13:03, by Mi diit

    Good for high level diplomacy.

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    • 24 May 2014 16:12, by Ito

      This is jealousy by Dinka government in Juba. You have been touring the whole world wasting millions of tax payers money to sell your cook coup to kill Riek but thanks God no one agrees to buy the nonsense. Now your doors are close indefinitely, what are you going to do, hang yourself and your father museveni will follow as he has already said it himself. Volcanic eruption in uganda is soon.

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      • 24 May 2014 17:26, by Mapuor

        Its not the first time for Mr Riek to go to Khartoum,he did it in1991 and ended surrendering back to SPLM.You will only hear of death of thousands poor Nuers soon as Khartoum believe Nuer betrayed them when they voted for separation.Khartoum will play dirty game with Nuer people this time.Traitors will die one by one as it was the case with Abdalla Chuol Deng

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        • 25 May 2014 09:24, by Whortti Bor Manza

          Mapuor, Dinkas are very brutal, ruthless, intolerance, liars, and above all very corrupt. They are never great combatants. The fighting is being done by Equatorians, Darfurians, UPDF and other mercenaries from DRC. The cheap propaganda for coup has not yielded any fruit. South Sudan will not be the same again. If it were not because of UPDF and JEM, Kiir would have been in the dust bin of history.

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    • 25 May 2014 06:38, by Tong dut

      The uselese Dinkas are now on run out of south sudan.Let MACHER gO to khartoum and bring Arabs to south sudan. This time all Dankas will run away to uganda.Death to Kiir.

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  • 24 May 2014 13:14, by Bravo Nuer

    visiting Uganda is like visiting Boko Haram hideout or a hell by an holy saint.had George Athor not visited Uganda he would be with Yauyau in Juba today but ended up as a third martyr after John Garang and Fr.Saturlino who perished in the hands of Uganda successive dictatorships.M7 must prepare himself for heavenly judgment since he is waited by those tough guys who are likely to win paradise case

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  • 24 May 2014 16:38, by Altruistic

    Macher, should visit Kampala because Uganda is a member of IGAD. He supposed to use his diplomatic skills to convince them to withdraw their troops and ask Museveni to support him.Haha haha, he would be a dead meat

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  • 24 May 2014 20:48, by Gabriel Ajak

    Midiit and supporters, I don’t think whether there is something that can worried Juba or feel jealousy if Riak Machar visit Kharatoum because it is not first time for Riek to visit an Arab town, in 1996 when thing got tough Riek visit Kharatoum fully and they were all fail to defeated the SPLA so bro there is nothing wrong with your leader to joint the north part or visit Kharatoum as u stated.

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    • 24 May 2014 21:32, by Adodi Jotuwa

      The two Spokespernsons of Dr. Fool Riek Machar are beating around the bush. What did I write yesterday in my comment? Khartoum is training Dr Fool Riek’ s supporters who are in Sudan while the followers in Diaspora are busy booking return tickets to their respective asylum countries in the West. Where will the fucking "whited army" go? Cde. Salva Kiir forgive them.

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      • 24 May 2014 21:44, by Adodi Jotuwa

        If u watch the Hardtalk Show by Stephen Sukus of BBC, you could sense that there is something wrong with Dr. Fool Riek Machar and his supporters who talked shit that Cde. Salva Kiir must step down as if Dr. Fool Riek is already elected to be the President of South Sudan. The international climate is different today if Riek’s followers believe that they can achieve something during the Nigger Obam

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        • 24 May 2014 21:58, by Adodi Jotuwa

          ...under Nigger, Obama Administration who is brought to the White House by mistake. President Obama can not ever solve any conflict in any pay of the world other than withdrawing American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Why should Nobel Prize be given to Nigger President who does not know how the real American Presidents operate? Goergia, Ukraine, Crimea, Eastern Ukraine, Boko Haram in Nigeria..

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          • 24 May 2014 22:07, by Adodi Jotuwa

            ..., Al Shabab in Somalia and in Kenya. Obama cannot solve any problem in Africa and the whole world including Syria. American under Nigger will easily come down because they invest in the wrong power hungry like Dr. Fool Riek Machar and his associates. Thailand is going back to its original military rule. Wait and see, five more countries are in the pipeline because Nigger President is given Nobe

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            • 24 May 2014 22:16, by Adodi Jotuwa

              I wrote yesterday that there is no different between LRA leader Joseph Kony, Dr. Fool Riek Machar and Omer Hassan Al Bashir who are wanted by the ICC for war crime against genocide. The followers of Dr. Fool Riek Machar should prepare to live as refugees in Neighboring countries for crimes they have committed against the nation, South Sudan and humanity. If u think I am lying, let us wait and see.

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              • 24 May 2014 22:23, by Adodi Jotuwa

                I am not surprised to hear read or hear that Dr Fool Riek Machar is taking refugee in Khartoum as usual, leaving his followers to be saved by whom? It was Paulino Matip who saved Nuers in Khartoum when Dr Fool returned to SPLM/A in 2002 in Nairobi. Cde. Salva Kiir forgive them as usual because they are the lost sheep.

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                • 24 May 2014 22:39, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  Cde. Salva Kiir, your record is clear and clean right from the beginning of SPLM/A in 1983 up to date, never get involved in Dr. Fool Riek Machar’ nasty political record who survives on constant shift of allegiance since he joined the movement. You have a legacy, compared to dr. Fool Riek Machar who desperately resort to using violence to rule a country he never paid a price for.

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  • 25 May 2014 08:31, by Jalaby

    Absolutely Machar is very welcome in Khartoum.
    It looks like Machar is preparing himself to become the south next president!
    Although Machar looks like a president but we will respect Juba feeling and will not put the red carpet in the airport on his arrival!
    Juba is still harboring SPLA-N and Darfourians gangsters and playing dirty game with us as usual!!!

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    • 25 May 2014 09:34, by Mi diit

      You are right. It is time to play the same dirty card which those fools in Juba play. They are cowards and incompetent losers who would not have survived for five months without their master Uganda, JEM, SPLA-N, hired tribes in South Sudan, etc.

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