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US Secretary of State meets South Sudanese leaders in Washington

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October 8, 2015 (JUBA) - The United States (US) Secretary of State, John Kerry, has on Thursday met with South Sudanese rival leaders despite earlier cancellation of such a meeting on Wednesday by the national security adviser, Susan Rice.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry poses for a photo with South Sudanese Vice President James Wani Igga, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, and Pagan Amum Okiech, Representing Signatories to the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on October 7, 2015. [State Department photo]

On Tuesday, Rice, in protest of president Salva Kiir’s decree which unilaterally created 28 new states in violation of the peace agreement he signed with the armed opposition leader, Riek Machar, coupled with refusal by Machar to sign minutes on security arrangements at a workshop in Addis Ababa, cancelled a scheduled meeting in Washington with senior officials of president Barrack Obama’s administration.

However, sources told Sudan Tribune that a meeting finally had taken place on Thursday between the US secretary of state, Kerry and incumbent vice-president, James Wani Igga, South Sudanese leaders including the first vice-president designate, Machar, Deng Alor Kuol, representing the former detainees.

Officials of the armed opposition faction, SPLM-IO, led by Machar confirmed the meeting with the US state department.

“Yes, finally a meeting has taken place between the US secretary of state and my chairman, plus vice president Wani and Deng Alor, with their respective accompanying officials,” Machar’s press secretary, James Gatdet Dak, confirmed to Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

Dak said the meeting discussed implementation of the peace agreement the parties signed in August, particularly on demilitarization of the national capital, Juba, state capitals and other major towns, as well as the unilateral decree by president Kiir which created 28 new states in violation of the peace agreement.

He commended the interaction between the US senior officials and the rival factions in South Sudan.

The US Secretary of State, according to other official sources who participated in the meeting representing South Sudanese politicians of the three separate rival factions of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), also warned the parties that their actions may result to South Sudan losing friends around the globe.

Officials at the state department who attended the meeting with John Kerry included Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and Donald Booth, US president’s Special Envoy for South Sudan and Sudan.

Catherine Byrne, Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council was also present.

The Secretary of State, according to the source, protested unilateral creation of 28 states by president Kiir and reluctance of the armed opposition leader, Machar, to sign the minutes of the recent security arrangements.

“Security arrangements should not mean creating opposing armed camps in Juba as a recipe for the recurrence of violence and failure of peace,” he reportedly told the rival leaders.

The US government also condemned renewed fighting in the oil-rich Unity state and denial of access to humanitarian agencies taking relief assistance to the war-affected populations.

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  • 9 October 2015 00:18, by Akol Liai Mager

    Now, who is to be apologised for between Ms Susan Rice who was irresponsibly and cowardly attacked by Riek’s tribal gangs or the accuse whose Rice proved them wrong by having path the way for their leader to meet with Kerry?

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    • 9 October 2015 06:06, by Mi diit

      Who is that kid standing between John Kerry and Deng Alor? His waist is at the knees of those two leaders. Where is his adopted father?

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      • 9 October 2015 13:50, by sanduksanduk

        Mii shit,
        What has tallness brought to your people? Misery isn’t it? You have no right to abuse Wani Igga. He is not responsible for Nuer and Dinka killing each other. Sooner or later the short people will bring down the era of the tall people and deport all of you back home to Gogrial, Leer, Nasir......., including those lying buried on our land. It is a shame sharing this country with you.Idiots

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        • 9 October 2015 15:38, by Mi diit

          Sanduksanduk,

          Take it easy man/boy. I was simply joking. I know shortness or tallness makes no difference to brain functions. Kiir is tall and Wani is short and both are mentally retarded. So I agree with you.

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          • 9 October 2015 22:36, by sanduksanduk

            Mii,
            You want to know who is retarded? It is Kiir and Riak, the authors of death and destruction in Nuer and Dinkaland. Wani is a wise man as an Equatorian should always be.

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    • 9 October 2015 07:10, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      None among the south sudanese who call themselves leaders are not good,better to get some among the none party of SPLM if they making south sudan to loose friend as the US secretary have stated

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  • 9 October 2015 00:34, by Bolman

    Dinkas were dancing yesterday they thought that may be the fact will not be told while, Dr Machar still in USA, now the shifted News come upsidedown ? is it drums will continue or the dance stop ashamedly by Dinkas corrupts company, if I were Kiir must to resigned before Dr Machar replace me and let died hopelessly and leave the badly history behind to Dinkas Sons/Daughters, look at the truth man

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    • 9 October 2015 02:01, by Akol Liai Mager

      Not at all, few Nuer with Riek Machar will not make him President. It’s through democratically contested election where the South Sudan’s 64 Tribes including Jaang (Dinka you fear and hate to death) vote for him. We want him to establish SPLM2 Party and contest 2018 Ballot. For your information, Riek’s SPLM-IO is no longer relevant because he is a FVP since the President signed CPA.

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      • 9 October 2015 06:17, by Mi diit

        Akol Liai,

        You poor analyst! SPLM-IO remains in place until when the SPLM factions are reunified. Got that!

        You said democratic elections, who refused it and caused this war in 2013? Was it not Salva Kiir who rejected democratic contest against Dr. Machar in elections in the party and in the government for fear of losing?

        So don’t lie, the readers here know what happened and is happening now.

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  • 9 October 2015 06:40, by doot

    His (Kerry) meeting with south Sudanese vice president Wani-and those of others,is a good gesture for people of south Sudan.

    Hope the meeting was about how to bring peace to our people.
    Our people have suffered for so long,our people need peace to rebuild their lives.

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  • 9 October 2015 07:26, by Akuma

    Now, Riek and his allies has finally meet Kerry, but what will their meetings do to South Sudanese. Tarnishing gov’t image to western countries will not solves South Sudan problems.

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    • 9 October 2015 16:58, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      The strength of those who were out to sell the country is side-wiped by the recent creation of 18 more states. thank to the great minds behind that move. these hopeless jackals will have no products to sell out there to foreign prospectors. those who loves foreigners will be now free to take them to their states of origin.no more joyride for names like Nuer or Uppernile.

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  • 9 October 2015 07:45, by Big Head

    will that meeting work out our problem, Evil Machar whose mind set is just presidency, looting, killing, destroying properties and appeasing his own tribe will not quickly bring in peace to South Sudanese. He is one the only causing all this suffering and for peace to be achieve, let him remain in foreign’s cities.

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  • 9 October 2015 08:43, by Kerem

    The worst is yet to come as long as American still does not take a neutral side. How many times shall we be running to America to solve our own problem. America has its own citizens who decides for their affairs and South Sudanese should also decides for themselves not America

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  • 9 October 2015 08:48, by Kerem

    For your information, America has no permanent friend or enemy. Their friendship or enmity is based on their interest. If they see your resources and you do not want them to benefit from them, they use your friend to fight you in order to get what they want. Riek will still be an enemy one day to America unless if he allows them to take 90% of our natural resources which America does not have

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