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South Sudan’s Kiir blames Machar, calls for end to conflict


August 5, 2014 (WASHINGTON) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir reiterated on Tuesday accusations against rebel leader Riek Machar, saying the latter was not in full control on his fighters and expressed readiness to end the country’s nearly eight month conflict.

President Salva Kiir with US secretary of state John Kerry as they hold a bilateral meeting at the US-Africa Business Forum in Washington on 5 August 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Jim Bourg)

President Kiir, currently in Washington to participate in the three-day United States-Africa summit focused on business and trade promotions, met US secretary of state John Kerry, the senate foreign relations committee chairman, Robert Menendez and Ed Royce, the House foreign affairs committee chairman.

Speaking to the press after meeting Kerry, the South Sudan leader said his government finds it difficult to implement the cessation of hostilities agreement signed on 23 January with rebels, adding they recommitted to this deal on 9 May and 10 June without tangible results.

“I always say that Riek Machar is not in control of what he calls his army. And so each commanders in different areas are operating on their own,” Kiir stated at a joint media briefing with Kerry.

“If peace was to be brought to South Sudan today or tomorrow, I will be happy because the people who are dying on both sides are my people,” he further said, emphasising that he remains the president legitimately elected by “all the people of South Sudan”.

The two warring parties have repeatedly accused each other of breaching the cessation of hostilities agreement as the peace process has now stalled over who can participate in the direct negotiations.

On Tuesday, however, US officials stressed on the need for South Sudanese leaders to end clashes, to ensure unfettered humanitarian access in the war zones and to commit to the IGAD-led process in order to reach a peace deal and to form a transitional government by 10 August.

Kerry described the meeting with president Kiir as “timely”, given that South Sudan was suffering the fate of being the most food-insecure nation in the world as a consequence of “manmade” circumstances.

“There is a struggle going on, which has been going on for some time, in which innocent civilians are caught up. And president Kiir has agreed along with the former vice president Riek Machar to negotiate, and ultimately to engage in the creation of a unity transition government,” said Kerry.

That transition government, the US secretary of state stressed needs to be negotiated, acknowledging the contributions of neighbouring Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia in efforts to bring the conflicting parties together to achieve peace.

“So our hope is that we can have a discussion today that helps to clarify the road ahead, to try to minimize the violence,” stressed Kerry.


The US secretary of state said rebel leader Machar should stick to the agreed ceasefire, which he broke after he “took his troops back into a violent status”.

"And he [Machar] needs to understand the importance of living by the agreements. In my conversations with the prime minister of Ethiopia, who made it clear this is his judgment also, he needs to understand the international community is going to be impatient with those breaches”, said Kerry.

Congressional leaders Menendez and Royce called on both parties to the South Sudanese conflict to recommit themselves to a lasting peace for the sake of the suffering population.

“We are gravely concerned by the continuing crisis in the world’s newest nation, where over a million people are displaced and a man-made famine looms. We are deeply disappointed by South Sudan’s terrible slide backwards into violence and hunger, and stand in solidarity with the South Sudanese people, whose lives now depend upon constructive actions from their political leaders," the two leaders said in a joint statement issued Tuesday.

The congressional leaders specifically urged Kiir to immediately halt all military operations in his nation and uphold the cessation of hostilities agreement, ensure unfettered humanitarian access for the United Nations mission and aid organizations, and fully commit to ongoing negotiations convened by the International Governmental Authority on Development.

They pressed for Kiir to lead the effort to reach an agreement for a transitional government by the 10 August deadline and to establish credible accountability measures for those who have committed atrocities, so that national healing might begin.

The SPLM-in-Opposition on Tuesday renewed its demand for direct talks with the government, saying that the other stakeholders should have a consultative role and not to be directly involved as it is set by the mediation.


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  • 6 August 2014 09:26, by Mr Point

    Is it a legitimate act for a legitimately elected president to instigate the mass murder of civilians as Kiir did in December 2013?

    Does he disqualify from being President for this crime?

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    • 6 August 2014 16:56, by Mi diit

      President Obama has refused to meet murderer Kiir, dumping him to lazy Kerry.

      Kiir admitted Riek is not in control of his rebel forces who committed atrocities. GOOD!

      Equally, Riek was not in control of Nasir faction forces that killed some Dinka Bor in 1991. This is what we have been telling you blind supporters that Riek had no intention to harm Dinka Bor in 1991 nor having an intention now.

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      • 6 August 2014 20:54, by Force 1

        You have to be an idiot to not notice the word "full-control"! The statement doesn’t mean he not in control of his rebels who committed those atrocities but he is in control of them. Look, one of the Riek worries now is not to be president anymore but how long he is going to stay alive!

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  • 6 August 2014 09:38, by truth to be told in SS

    A reminder :
    Riek Machar committed a massacre against Dinka bor innocence civilians in 1991. Does that qualified him as a genocidal leader ? Can a leader who murdered innocence civilians be allow the office of the presidency ?

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    • 6 August 2014 11:30, by Mr Point

      A reminder: some say that Riek is not fully in control of the white army who committed atrocities against civilians in Bor.

      Who says so?
      Salva Kiir - http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article51932
      Do you disbelieve him?

      Question: Who is responsible for the President’s Guards that committed atrocities against Juba’s Nuer civilians in December 2013?

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    • 6 August 2014 11:31, by Mr Point

      A reminder: some say that Riek is not fully in control of the white army who committed atrocities against civilians in Bor.

      Who says so?
      Salva Kiir - http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article51932
      Do you disbelieve him?

      Question: Who is responsible for the President’s Guards that committed atrocities against Juba’s Nuer civilians in December 2013?

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      • 6 August 2014 17:03, by Mi diit

        It is true that Riek is not in full control of the White Army that do atrocities now.

        Riek was not in full control of the White Army that attacked Murle in 2011.

        Riek is not in control of the White army (soldiers) that attacked Bor in 1991.

        So don’t blame him for such atrocities. Kiir has confirmed it.

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    • 6 August 2014 17:03, by Never

      Mr truth to been tell in SS.

      absoutly you corect, Did Riak machar should come has the south Sudanese leader? hel no, Riak is evil in South Sudan.

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  • 6 August 2014 09:57, by Dengic

    If Riek Machar cannot even control his greed for leadership,how would he manage to control mostly uneducated and outlawed commanders in those of Peter Gadet?...All Nuers are against law and order. Soon, the whole world will come to learn of them as useless population whose aim is only to loot and kill.Reik is currently running his Govt on Skype from luxurious hotel in Addis-Abbaba.

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    • 6 August 2014 10:43, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

      Mi Tot,
      De so-called Sudd Institute/local think tank is not mindful of historical facts. Why don’t you revisit de history of 1991 and Bor massacre orchestrated by Dr Hopeless Riek who imitates renowned PhD holders like Dr John Garang de Mabior? Why did Nasir Faction fail to negotiate peace with Khartoum and bring about CPA of 2005?

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      • 6 August 2014 10:44, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

        If the very SPLM/A headed by Dr John Garang were to surrender to Khartoum in 1991 n signed Khartoum Oil Agreement, KOA of 1997 as Dr Hopeless Riek did before returning to Dr Jogn Garand in 2002, in which country would we be talking as first class citizens today dat Riek is now struggling to hijack SPLM/A who he abandoned but still liberated him in broad day light?

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        • 6 August 2014 10:45, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

          The real issue of South Sudan is not political or democratic reforms dat Dr Hopeless Riek is trying to impose upon South Sudanese on de basis of federalism, but lack of nationalism, repeated betrayal n use of violence to achieve political/military power to lead regardless of record, constant knocks on Khartoum’s door for food n logistical support.

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          • 6 August 2014 10:46, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

            President Salva Kiir Mayardit is democratically elected; he never returned from Khartoum in 2002 to be forgiven and/or later appointed Vice President in 2005 like Dr. Hopeless Riek who believes dat he has PhD n has every right to rule at any cost if what he describes as “his turn” is denied. Is de right of Dr Hopeless Riek is recognizable only in South Sudan but not in Khartoum/KOA-1997?

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            • 6 August 2014 10:47, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

              Why the so-called illiterate “white army” was not mobilized against Jayliin in Shendi or Khartoum when Omer Hassan Al-Bashir disposed of KOA-1997 shortly after inking it? Why does Dr Hopeless believe dat it’s harder to use force/violence against SAF to achieve power in Khartoum than using it against SPLA to rule in Juba/South Sudan? Is it bcoz Sudan has no jungle for conducting rebellion?

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              • 6 August 2014 10:50, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                South Sudan has enough jungle to hide. The forces of Dr Hopeless Riek can easily locate where SPLA forces are but their commanders often fail to win battles and resort to taking refuge to air-conditioned Hotels in Addis overlooking the venue of peace talks and to later join Government delegation from Juba only to keep changing their position, demands or setting preconditions.

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                • 6 August 2014 10:51, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                  Who is Dr Hopeless Riek fooling in de ongoing peace talks, government delegation, IGAD or international community dat he still has de gut to get everything his way? No way. That’s why I said before dat “Let’s go to Addis to have some fun and watch the patronizing smile and presidential look of Dr Hopeless”.

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                  • 6 August 2014 10:53, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                    We r waiting for those coming from the Diaspora to join his rebellion in de front lines so dat we have a good dance until the followers of Dr Hopeless give up and come to their senses to be forgiven for de sake of peace. Otherwise, we r ready for a protracted war. There r many peaceful Nuer PhD holders who can run and democratically get elected to lead the country, but not Dr Hopeless Riek.

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                    • 6 August 2014 12:48, by Abikacha

                      Stupid idiots under Dr.Nyigat are wasting people’s resources and time ! what next do they want if indeed they have anything on the table to discuss with Government?

                      Nonsense ! Government must withdraw negotiating table for these thugs are up to nothing but just waste of time!!

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                      • 6 August 2014 15:03, by Gangura

                        Hahaha look at this drunk President even he look sick and very drunk, soon we will have no Dinka to rule only Nuers and Equatorians.

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                        • 7 August 2014 07:35, by Ayok


                          Its not true to bad mouthing against president of the Republic of SOuth Sudan.Infact,Dinka will never fail in anything,they will rule South Sudan for more than one thousand(1000) years. Whether you like or not,and Dinka Language will be impose within terriority of South Sudan as National language for communication.This will be the first step but it’lln’t be force,but the nature will forc

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  • 6 August 2014 15:52, by Kim Deng

    No peace talks until all Ugandan Army forces withdraw from South Sudan soil.

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    • 6 August 2014 21:00, by Force 1

      You need make head-count of your Nuer people to see how many of them still alive to fight the government.

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  • 7 August 2014 09:08, by Black Africa

    Khartoum was the homeland of Dinkas but jalaby and Northern Sudan took it from Dinkas and secondly during liberation Dinkas land was under the control of Jalaby and Northern Sudan army but Equatorians land was under Equatorians except Juba and maybe Torit too. This proved that Dinkas are weak if you come to the really figth. It’s a matter of time Equatorians and Nuer Warriors will take over.

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  • 7 August 2014 09:22, by Black Africa

    If it was not museveni "Uganda Amry Force" ,the Nuer Warriors only have had took Juba , You and your Dinkas know that better than me. So right now we are waiting for Museveni to pull out his forces and you will see what will happen. What happened in Rwanda is nothing ,what will happen in the RSS will be the Worse in the history of mankind, believe me .

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    • 8 August 2014 07:16, by Ayok

      Black African,
      It’s not correct, Dinka tribe is the backbone of this Country, otherwise South Sudan would have not be a country without them. Leave alone Dors (Eqartoria)and Nyigats (Nuers)...............

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  • 8 August 2014 09:08, by Black Africa

    @ Ayok.
    I am telling you the fact base on evidence on the ground. I would like you to reread my article again and evaluate it, you find my article is true base on evidence.

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