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South Sudan’s Kiir warns of full-scale war against rebels

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January 27, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan will soon ignore threats for sanctions and embark on full-scale war against rebels if they continue violating the ceasefire, president Salva Kiir warned.

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South Sudanese preasident Salva Kiir (AFP)

“Our patience is running out and next time when I come back from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I will tell you that any slight attack on our forces, we will breakout for offensive attack against Riek Machar’s forces,” Kiir told the ruling party’s (SPLM) national liberation council members on Monday.

“This was what I told [Kenyan] president Uhuru Kenyatta when he called me yesterday to attend an extraordinary of IGAD heads of state and government and the Africa Union annual summit,” he said.

The South Sudanese leader claimed the armed opposition forces took advantage of the rainy season to prepare for continued military offensives, believing government troops would not be able to move with heavy weapons, specifically tanks to support ground forces.

“Time has come for us to change this way, now Riek Machar took it as an advantage to continue carrying out offensive against our forces since rainy season and he set the rainy season for offensive because government tanks will not be able to move but we say okay, we will not wait for that again,” said the president.

His remarks came as senior members of the country’s ruling party gathered to deliberate on the agreement for the reunification of the three rival factions, signed at a recent meeting in Arusha, Tanzania.

“If it is for the punishment of the UN or the international community, we will accept since they are not punishing Riek Machar,” said Kiir.

“If peace is [a] one-sided judgment, then we will accept it,” he added.

South Sudanese leaders risk sanctions if they fail to amicably resolve the raging conflict, which has killed thousands of people and displaced nearly two million internally and into neighbouring nations.

Last year, the United States, Canada and the European Union imposed sanctions on military generals from both sides of the conflict for allegedly obstructing peace talks mediated by regional leaders.

The world youngest nation, Economic Frontiers warned, could lose between $22-28 billion if its current conflict continues for one to five years.

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  • 28 January 2015 07:41, by Kur William

    It will be upto on rebels side to reconsider whether they want peace or war as govt position was very clear since then.It didn’t suit me at all when I read the article calling president Salva Kiir to step down after Arusha -Tanzania reunification of SPLM party was finalize.

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    • 28 January 2015 08:44, by Mr Point

      Kiir started all out war against peaceful political protest in December 2013.

      His militias killed civilians in the street and, naturally, this started the rebellion and the reprisal murders.

      It’s clear he has no direction. He changes daily. He has nowhere to go but out.

      When he goes South Sudan will be safe.

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      • 28 January 2015 09:17, by Kur William

        Mr Point,
        Why not if we bring peace first to the country and evaluate the capability of kiir leadership later on or let him face justic if he done something wrong like war crime rather than want him to go in this juncture.

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        • 28 January 2015 15:12, by Mr Point

          Kiir has proved he can not provide leadership. Look at the roads in Juba, look at the cars of the corrupt elite.

          Kiir brought war to the country with his fake coup.

          Kiir also made the post-independence Presidency illegitimate with the murder of innocent civilians.

          What has Kiir got to offer the country in future?

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    • 28 January 2015 11:11, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      THE warning came in, when the rebels leader have frequence violation of ceasation of hostility signed on 23th Jan-2014 by two parties.
      SPLM-JUBA, is fully committed into peace to bring country back to peace but rebels vigriousely rejected.

      what do you thinks, the president can do what?
      you the rebels
      there are series of greements signed by government with rebels regarding peace but rebels refus

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  • 28 January 2015 08:41, by Alfredo christiani

    Bravo brove Kiir Mayardit, this is what we have been waiting from your Mouth, forgiveness will not take you a head, put in your mind that Machar will not defeat you by bullets box or ballots box, currently “Mathaing Aynor and tit-Beny Davion’s defeated the rebels in greater Upper Nile while Lakes state and greater Tonj divisions are on standby waiting for your orders to carryout offensives operat

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  • 28 January 2015 08:47, by Alfredo christiani

    operations against the rebels and fifths column elements within the ranks of the SPLA /SPLM party. Hahahahaha, we are behind you Kiirdit, Riak will not get into the power for the rest of his life . Mark my words,

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  • 28 January 2015 08:54, by Snipper

    Dinka can not liberate the country and just hand it over to Nuers. This is unacceptable! ! Nuers should not waste time on wishful thinking that Kiir will step down. Who are Nuers after all for known liberator to step down for? They are only known in history of South sudan for helping Bashir to mine oil and displace Dinkas in 199os. An act which can not repeat itself in modern south sudan

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  • 28 January 2015 08:56, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:
    Sultan of Warrap threat (F.F) while he is using another countries forces, why don’t you threat us with your pure Dinka militia forces as you do on 15 Dec 2013? Because you knows whose are Nuer over the whole Sudan, leave about South Sudan alone. The world witness us because we are the top fighter in Whole Africa, Follow by Tigray of Ethiopia.

    Song of Ngundeng
    currently front line
    P.J

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  • 28 January 2015 09:39, by Gangura

    U people stop complaining with Gangura Name, what I wrote above is what is haping and for sure if u people cane deny it that mean the all Dinkas are the same no different otherwise whoever refused to stand by the truth is always a conflict maker and that person is not having human reasoning and such person need brainwoshing. I’m suporting Kirr or niether Dr. Machar but the facts mast be said.

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  • 28 January 2015 11:17, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    i support the president warning on the rebels leader Riek Machar, for military solution, if Riek, fail to honored the IGAD peace plan for South Sudanese.

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    • 28 January 2015 12:38, by Mayom County Boy

      Dear readers let us not support war
      let us deal with options that may bring peace to us as people of south sudan .
      supporting the war is something which will not let us achieve some thing from it .
      me either i support devil Riek Machar and is wife Nyakuei or nor i support Kiir with is regime .

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  • 28 January 2015 12:43, by Junta

    Dear Compatriots.
    Let us stop following any of our leaders who advocat for violence and continuation of war. War only destroys the little infrastructure, ruin lives and destroy the aspirations of our beloved country. Whoever advocates for violence, shall also violently meet his/her fate.

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  • 28 January 2015 13:54, by Chol A.

    Some comments are burning sudantribune web master’s ass because it the rebels supporters website and that’s they deleted other people’s comments! What shameful manners to sudantribune!

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  • 28 January 2015 16:14, by Kim Deng

    When Nuer value is not longer adequate to hold the community together instead of self-interests, the community faces big challenges. In other words, putting nationalism above Nuer interest, Nuer interest faces the gravest crisis it has never encountered since 1800s. Neither condemnation nor blaming will change the course the rising-empire took.

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  • 28 January 2015 16:16, by Kim Deng

    Which means, the rising-Kingdom must not be deterred by words; rather, it must be engaged with strategies follow by actions.

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  • 28 January 2015 16:56, by Bentiu Sudan

    Salva Kiir,

    Liars, liars, liars, idiot power hungery, goofy, and tribalist president. The South Sudan army has never stop attacking the rebels from day one. Imagine when January 23 cease fire was signed the rebels were control on Mayom, Bentiu, and Parieng in Unity State. In Jongeli, the rebels were in Bor and Mongala. The rebels were in Malakal. You never stop your looters army from attacking.

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