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S. Sudan rebels warn of “full-scale” war as sanctions loom


August 29, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese rebels led by former vice-president Riek Machar have warned of a “full-scale” war against government forces, days after East African regional mediators adjourned negotiations between the two rivals until 13 September.

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Rebel fighters greet one another at a rebel camp in South Sudan’s Jonglei state on 1 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Oyet Nathaniel Pierino, the chairman of the opposition’s mobilisation team, claimed there was a “conspiracy” by some actors to derail ongoing talks.

“There is conspiracy by some members of the multi stakeholder dialogue and some actors in the peace talks to bury the aspiration of the South Sudanese people and keep the country in the state of confusion,” Oyet told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

The official also accused some members of the regional bloc (IGAD) of allegedly having different interests likely to undermine effort to achieve reforms in South Sudan through a negotiated settlement.

“We telling you that what have transpired in Addis Ababa in the last IGAD Summit is an old monkey trick and a wrong scene. If those who should mediate the talks have become negotiators themselves we question what their interest in the conflict is and this leaves the credibility of the forum in question,” said the renowned academic.

He however said the opposition was ready for peace talks in order to find lasting peace in South Sudan, adding that they are not weak, but want peaceful means to resolve their differences and reunite the country.

“There is a clear case of vested individual and group interest which is overshadowing the talks itself at the expense of reforms, progress and peace agreement,” said Oyet, who insisted president Salva Kiir’s government was “buying time” to prolong talks for an end to war.

“We are warning that if the peace process does not hold, South Sudan will plunge into full scale civil war with all fronts active,” he said.

He accused the South Sudanese president of creating an unfortunate war on 15 December 2013, which has resulted into thousands of deaths with nearly 1.5 million people displaced.

“We therefore calling on all our reserves, youth, students, women, our supporters within and outside government and our gallant forces to be vigilant and protect your aspiration or else it are no more,” said Oyet.

He further stressed that this was the last chance to put South Sudan on track and not power sharing as envisage by some quarters in the peace talks.

“South Sudan’s problem is not about who wants power, how and when, but there is need to address the root causes of the current crisis embedded in the status quo,” said the former University of Juba don.

The US-based Human Rights Watch said on Friday that IGAD had missed an opportunity to reconcile the two rival factions as peace continues to elude the new nation, which remains on the brink of civil war.

Despite threats of sanctions from IGAD, both the US and the European Union have already imposed travel bans and asset freezes for military leaders on both sides of the country’s conflict.


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  • 30 August 2014 09:18, by Madina Tonj

    Oyet. I don’t get it what front active you are talked about? Your uncle Riek Machar was being kick out in Nasir county. Is there any new front active than what was already happen? Remember, this war will be fought but in the end, some of you will realized the result of war put in mine, Nuer tribe will no longer second tribe. Zande, Topsa, Bari. One of these tribe will take second tribe position.

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    • 30 August 2014 10:51, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Brilliant Oyet.
      your words is true, the really son of this nation, all south Sudanese, they known it that Dictator Kiir and M7 they just need all south Sudanese people to pushed for the need.

      Those who did not knew it before, they known it now, keep ur promise, we youths of south Sudan, we are ready to defeating Kiir and M7.
      And bless ur word sir.

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    • 30 August 2014 15:23, by padiit gaga

      You are liar if you said Nuer will be the second tribe you did not heard about 1000 dinka gokrial soldiers who went to Nadir were all killed in Gum when the tried to leave to Nasir their cars were taken to Ethiopia, ask their families may be thought that they are alive. Now those who are in Nasir are nuer. If you said you clean Nuer we all clean ourselves dinka will be first tribe any more no.

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    • 30 August 2014 16:01, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar and his group,realy they don’t know to speak the language of peace,they only knows these words (A) Kiir Is a dictator
      B/ No peace unless Uganda troops withdraw from south sudan.
      C) Kiir is a killer,he killed 20,000 Nuer in Juba.
      D) Kiir must step downd.
      E) Dr Riek is the only man,who knows about democracy.
      All these words are like the sound of an empty drum,making too much noise!!!

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    • 30 August 2014 16:11, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar and his generals are from the Nuer tribe,
      most of these guys are from the SPLA soldiers under John Grang 1983 war with Khartoum,these are the only people who are still alive today,most of them are from over 50 years old,and most of them are sich with Diabete,how long will they continue to fight another war,instead to sit downd and enjoy the few years left?Even Dr Riek is old man

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  • 30 August 2014 09:43, by Dengic

    Oyet, you are coward and stupid at the same time.if you are to launch a full scale military offensive,why then would you let your enemy know your thoughts and plans. The whole world has known what you guys are all about. In 1991, when media was not there,the fight was good because they could not lie to people that tomorrow we will do x. Rebels should accept peace and stop propaganda.

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    • 30 August 2014 10:40, by choldit

      U guys r missing points here. SPLM-IO has been avoiding ful-scale war now for 6months. Now that the IGAD killed our opportunity, we definitely at dead row. Wait for few days then u will hear what Oyet means.

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  • 30 August 2014 10:36, by Daniel Deng Monyde

    Those are voices of frustration from failures. These cheap opportunists jumped to the opposition looking for positions at the expense of the people of South Sudan and now they are frustrated without any hope at all. They are foolish traitors and useless failures who have found themselves on the wrong side of history, wasting time fighting against a democratically elected government

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  • 30 August 2014 13:50, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Oyet is getting frustrate and hopeless. He joined Machar thinking it will be easy to grab more millions into his account, but no pay checks for 8 months. Sorry Oyet, just keep dreaming, calming, and hoping for tomorrow. We’re aware Machar’s White Army forces are being wiped out or wounded. Where are you going to get reinforcement Mr. Money Maker? Nyaikel, grabs me a tea and water.

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  • 30 August 2014 16:21, by Johndumo14

    Most of the Nuer tribe support Dr Riek Mchar,that is why they are the target ,it will be difficult for Nuer man to operate freely in south sudan,even doing small or big business,they are to blame,because they don’t know the back fire of their rebellion.Now will feel it for many years.
    They said they are worriors,but what you get,when you lost your sons wives and properties?

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    • 30 August 2014 16:39, by Bentiu Sudan


      The war was imposed on Nuer. Nuer did not start the war. Do want us to be killed like commercial chicken and say nothing? What we did when the Dinka president orderd the killing of little babies, women, blinds, young men and old men in Juba? Now you hopeless Dinka still blaming us for the war that you initiated.

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      • 30 August 2014 18:17, by padiit gaga

        Betiw son
        Dinka are not smart enough the blame Nuer , while they are them who started killed innocence Nuer they do not know that they killed from wrongh tribe Nuer never forgive killer. Their lives now come from Uganda without her they should leave s.Sudan as whole.
        They know nuer.

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        • 31 August 2014 16:11, by Hardlinner

          Padiit paga. Are u sane?. Remember this not the first war launched by riek. Remmber the 1991 war. Dinkas were fighting at two fronts, riek and NIF of bashir. Sadly enough your fictitious dream didn’t materialize. Dinka did kick bashir and riek asses. So pal, we r not kids to be entertained by your stupid assertion. Ugandan troops you talking about r only station on juba bor road not dinka states.

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