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S. Sudan rebels deny wanting IGAD chief mediator replaced

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

October 1, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The opposition faction of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement has deplored statements made by South Sudan’s minister for information and public broadcasting in regard to the peace process.

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IGAD chief mediator Seyoum Mesfin (L) and the SPLM In Opposition’s lead negotiator, Taban Deng Gai, attend the resumption of South Sudan talks in Addis Ababa on 11 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

Micheal Makuei Lueth told the BBC’s Focus on Africa program on Tuesday that rebel forces led by former vice-president Riek Machar were seeking to change the venue of talks currently taking place in Ethiopia.

He also claimed the SPLM in Opposition wanted Seyoum Mesfin, the chief mediator of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is leading peace negotiations, replaced.

According to the rebel faction , the minister alleged that the former Ethiopian foreign minister was “being influenced by others”, naming the Troika members of the US, UK and Norway.

He further accused the Troika member states of trying to force “regime change” and being “responsible for the beginning of the crisis” in South Sudan.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, the opposition faction said it was deeply concerned by the latest statements made by the minister.

“The SPLM/SPLA [in Opposition], though deeply shocked by these statements, is not surprised by this lack of seriousness from the other party to the conflict (the South Sudanese government), as this is part of their modus operandi,” said the statement signed by Mabior Garang de Mabior, chairperson of the rebel faction’s national committee for information and public relations.

The group has also accused the government of deliberately delaying the ongoing peace process aimed at finding a durable political settlement to the more than nine-month-old crisis.

It said such tactics were an indication that the government is not serious about reaching a peace deal and is an abuse of the goodwill shown by IGAD, the AU and Troika states.

The rebel statement said that since January the South Sudanese government ““has continuously been undermining the peace process in Ethiopia, and this is just the latest delaying tactic in a strategy to ensure the failure of the peace process”.

Moving the peace talks from Ethiopia, the group said would cause unnecessary delays to negotiations and only prolong the suffering of the people of South Sudan.

The opposition group expressed its full confidence in the IGAD-led peace process in Ethiopia and in the leadership of the current chief negotiator.

It has called on the international community to condemn the latest actions of the government and exert further pressure against Juba to continue with negotiations in good faith.

Government and rebel forces have been engaged in an armed struggle since mid-December last year after an internal dispute within the SPLM turned violent, reigniting tribal tensions across the country.

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  • 2 October 2014 07:27, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    You can’t find a smoke without a fire, iam with the minister. rebels really thought about this, as a revenge to makeup for their naivete.after they were humiliated and forced to signed a blank documents.

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  • 2 October 2014 07:54, by maumau

    Makuei Lueth is a confused guy who is believed to be one of the most heartless guy Dinka Bor that that place has ever produced. He should be out of the next government if we are to have peace. How can he twist his own demand on the opposition, send him to cattle camp where he belongs.

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    • 2 October 2014 08:42, by kamal

      Rebel leaders doesn,t wants to leave the good foods in addisababa hotels to Nairobi nuers food lovers

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      • 2 October 2014 11:10, by Gangura

        This Michael Makue is real compound idiot, and when I was listening to his statement of Focus of African BBC I was just laughing but I do not blame him I do blam Mr. Killer Salva who brought such stupid Dinka who were cow boys to be Information Minister, Dr. Baranbas was very far in the proffesion position but Mr. Makue susposed to go and look after his Cows. anyway soon we will have no any Dinka

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