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S. Sudan opposition sets conditions for "meaningful" dialogue


President Kenyatta with 7 South Sudanese former detainees, Rebecca Garang, his son and Dalmas Otieno special envoy for the peace process 12 February 2014
May 01, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan opposition parties, including rebels armed groups, have set conditions for an inclusive national dialogue process to end the over three-year conflict and achieve a genuine democratic change in the country.

"Wide consultation is essential for any national dialogue to be representative, legitimate and, most importantly, effective," reads partly a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Monday.

President Kiir announced a national dialogue initiative in December, as a bottom-top approach, to end the more than three years conflict. A steering committee he announced in January has to be reconstituted due to lack of "inclusivity" as stated by the opposition politicians.

Opposition politicians appointed by President Kiir last week including Rebecca Garang the window of SPLM founder John Garang and former finance minister Kosti Manibe declined the appointment citing lack of consultation prior to selection to the committee.

The oppositions, including the armed SPLM in Opposition led by former First Vice Riek Machar, the National Democratic Movement (NDM) of former Agriculture Minister Lam Akol, said consultations would be a concession from the government of President Salva Kiir as "a resolute effort to silence the guns, create an enabling security environment."

"Hard compromises (...) are required for advancing the peace process and the stability, peace, state and nation building efforts,"

The six opposition groups, including armed and nonviolent forces, suggested four steps as prerequisites for a meaningful dialogue including "an agreement on the process to end the war, a negotiated and enforceable permanent ceasefire."

"A genuine commitment to an immediate, full and unconditional deployment of Regional Protection Forces and demilitarisation of Juba and other major cities," the statement notes, adding that people displaced to refugees and internally displaced persons’ camps should be repatriated to "enable them to participate in the political process."

The United Nations and the African Union should help facilitate the political process to end the war before supporting the National Dialogue, the opposition said. It is not clear if their silence over the IGAD regional block means they refuse its inclusion in the process, as some armed groups professed.

In addition to the SPLM-IO and NDM, the letter is signed by Former Political Detainees, Federal Democratic Party led by Gabriel Changson Chang, the National Salvation Front of Gen. Thomas Cirillo Shaka and South Sudan National Movement for Change of former Western Equatoria Governor Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro.


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  • 2 May 2017 00:20, by john akeen

    Christians are saying that Jesus is the messenger from God, but Muslims they said no Mohammed is the messenger from God, now did this created war between Muslims and Christians? What about black & White? black people they said that they suppose to rule the world because they are strong, but white people they said no, black people are weak in mind they should be slaves by any means>>>>

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    • 2 May 2017 01:17, by john akeen

      Did that make black and white not to like each other? You see it’s look like all of our leaders in South Sudan are taking our country to hell with it’s people, we shouldn’t give any chance to any political parties or anyone to destroy us. Now what is wrong with national dialogue if president Kiir call on all of us to dialogue ourself. This dialogue it’s not for politicians, it is for the>>

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      • 2 May 2017 01:33, by john akeen

        people of south sudan, so please stop acting like you did get the message, this dialogue it’s not about position. Anyways Christians & Muslims, my question is did you get the message?

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      • 2 May 2017 18:06, by Force 1

        Didn’t the rebels said that they will fight it out and take the power by force from the government?

        Why set the condition now? Isn’t it because they are defeated on the front-line?

        The rebels don’t tell the government what to do but the government tells them what to do because they have been defeated in the front-line!

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        • 3 May 2017 09:09, by Dengda

          @ force 1
          I can see Micheal Makuei mentality thinking in you and poor intellects majority Dinka Bar el ghal here.
          Rebels for your information are Anyanya 1 and 2, SPLM etc. rebels do rebelled to correct something which is not right, do as opposition Parties, they opposed bad idea and system, government may has power guns, but that is not ultimate right, it very citizens/civilians are.

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    • 2 May 2017 08:37, by Eastern

      John Akeen,

      Please don’t mention what you don’t know. You may be a Christian by having that name John but certainly you are not a Muslim. Muslims don’t worship God but they worship Allah - Allah and Gad are two different dieties. Stop this delusionment among South Sudanese that God and Allah are one and the same!!!

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  • 2 May 2017 00:28, by lino

    All should be backed to the negotiating table in order to have a dialogue. Else, the government of Gen. Kiir is just wasting time, money, and most importantly, the lives of South Sudan civilians; even those who have been supporting him knowingly or unknowingly.
    Brighter days are a head of us if dictators start listening.

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    • 2 May 2017 03:57, by john akeen

      We the citizen of South Sudan land, we are the one who is ruling South Sudan, if all of you, don’t get your political game right, then don’t blame us if we turn our back to all of you. I see that this national dialogue is for the citizens of South Sudan, so please don’t take this national dialogue as the political parties dialogue, if you politician wants a dialogue all of you should agree with>>>

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      • 2 May 2017 04:40, by john akeen

        the citizens first dialogue, then you can go and set up your politics dialogue latter on. I know you mother f*cker don’t want citizens to become together because if they do come together the will fuck you up. Salva Kiir is leading SS because their movement against Sudan that made us through independent that made us an a important people in this world & plue he was our founder father deputy

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        • 2 May 2017 17:30, by lino

          Ya John,
          Then let the citizens you mentioned form their own committees rather than the government pick and choose. Those who run to other countries, UN Camps, or still hiding in their own houses have to come out in masses.
          Armed government and opposition forces should hand in their guns to World Protection Forces before these citizens come out!!!

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  • 2 May 2017 02:36, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    "Hard promises" Power politics first then followed by intergovernmentalism and if possible you should impose the system of supranationalism in South sudanese governance.last but not least focus on political Spectrum

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  • 2 May 2017 02:49, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    If you talk of inclusiveness, i am sending my delegation here from the Diaspora.if you really need a genuine peace, Why do you always excluded us every time? Are we not Part of you?Majority of us here are expertise within this field of conflict resolution.If you don’t need us tell me, We ’re the most concern citizen wherever we are

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    • 2 May 2017 03:57, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Don-Don, you have to the dialog team if you want to join or come to Juba. We, the governments are tired of looking for people to join us they are not interested to join us. What is your objectives of joining the dialog team if I may ask?

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      • 2 May 2017 07:08, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        What is really very good questions my brother, Your question is like asking someone, do you want to eat or are you satisfied? I thinks our involvement in all peace dialogue is of great help both in Addis-Ababa and at National Peace Dialogue, What we need is Just Peace is not black or white Just genuine Peace in South Sudan,If you guys thinks that you can do it yourselves, then let’s us be observer

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  • 2 May 2017 04:04, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    I think if the remarks by these opposition parties are taken on board by the government of J1, then certainly the watershed from which the river of peace can water the land of South Sudan is in place. This war after all would have not occurred if J1 accepted the battle of developmental ideas in a free political space. It is now upon J1and international community to respond on this matter.

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  • 2 May 2017 05:43, by Bol Malual

    Folks. do not be confused. National dialogue is not a replacement for the Agreement on the Resolution of the conflict in South Sudan. The process is to strengthen the agreement so that it is implemented. No regional or international power will accept anything that replaces the agreement they imposed on the country and the rebels.

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    • 2 May 2017 07:23, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Mr Bol Malual:Do you mind If I may Ask you. What is the different between the National Dialogue and what is being nogeciated in Addis-Ababa? Are they the same people who are carry out the talked in Addis that are in the team of National Dialogue? or should you call this a civilians base talk n the other one is politician talk?

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  • 2 May 2017 06:21, by Kush Natives

    john akeen,
    That’s what I always try to point out from those who called themselves oppositions parties, they should differentiate things first before they jumped into conclusion. Let this dialogue be own by an ordinary citizens rather then them/politicians owning it. Every citizen (s) should start questioning an opposition now not later, of why are they always opposite, when it comes to a peace?

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    • 2 May 2017 09:19, by doot

      This opposition is so high on calling dialogue and very low on accepting peace. The government should be smart in setting out its own peace "prerequisites" as well.We do not a warded university degree to student who has not met all the requirements for his/her course.The same thing, opposition needs to skim its course book & check Whether it has met all the requirements and conditions for peace.

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  • 2 May 2017 07:39, by Future1

    No body is new for me among these greedy guys who took this country to mess. The history won’t forgive them though they fight for their stomachs. All were in same cabinet of Kiir when out they fight to come back. No development(human & materials)in South Sudan from their unclean hands and hearts only excuses and blames. Who is better than Kiir among them? Shit!! God save S. Sudan from greedy guys.

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  • 2 May 2017 08:23, by Brigadier Pato

    South Sudanese are really good in sketching plans and that is why they always failed half-way.
    For this dialogue to succeed,we need to answer these qns;
    1. Who is dialoguing with who
    * Is SPLM vs SPLM-io & other groups?
    * Is it SPLM for Kiir Vs SPLM-FDs
    * Is citizens Vs Citizens?
    * Is tribes vs tribes?
    Treating diagnosed disease isn’t a real treatment but, medical experimental trial.

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  • 2 May 2017 08:45, by Eastern

    The following are the four conditions that must be met before any meaningful dialogue with Kiir:
    1. An agreement on the process to end the war, a NEGOTIATED and ENFORCEABLE permanent ceasefire.
    2. A GENUINE commitment to an immediate, full and unconditional deployment of Regional Protection Forces and
    3. DEMILITARISATION of Juba and other major cities,
    4. People displaced to refugees and internal

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    • 2 May 2017 09:23, by South South


      How many factions have these 4 conditions?

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      • 2 May 2017 10:08, by Eastern

        South Sudan,

        Don’t mind about the NUMBER of factions. By Kiir appointing many "stakeholders" and avoiding those directly fighting him, is just a waste of time. You will realise that along the way, each stakeholder MUST align themselves to a party WITH THE POWER OF THE GUN for their voice/option be be heard. The national dialogue in its current outlook is a waste of time!!!!

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        • 2 May 2017 12:26, by South South


          I asked about the numbers of factions which put up 4 conditions because as you said if holding Gun is used to get power to fill your stomach only and not to help the country, then it is even more useless to listen to these conditions. Where is Peter Gadet, I have not seen his name on the list. Too many factions and one may not know which is which.

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  • 2 May 2017 08:47, by Eastern

    displaced persons’ camps should be repatriated to "enable them to participate in the political process."

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  • 2 May 2017 14:37, by Sunday Junup

    Kiir can not make coup against constitution and call for dialogue. Let him dialogue with his colleagues or let him step a side and another chairman came in with venue outside the country

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  • 2 May 2017 18:45, by garrak1520

    Dialogue cannot be led by Salva Kiir, under Kiir conditions. Dialogue has to be led by third party, by doing so each movement or party feels some ownership. It is a good start form the opposition.

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    • 2 May 2017 19:28, by Eastern


      The dinkocrats in Juba don’t want to hear any voice of reason - they are always right!

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  • 2 May 2017 19:30, by Garang Akeen Tong

    No condition, just denounce violence and comeback with shame, you will be forgiven.

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    • 2 May 2017 20:16, by Eastern

      South Sudan,

      What do Kiir’s opponents use to oppose him if not guns? SPLA-IO is already represented by Taban Deng Gai whom Kiir is already working with. Go ahead and implement your ARCISS with the TGoNU formed. Forget about Dr. Machar and his followers as Kiir is envisaging!!!

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  • 2 May 2017 21:50, by The Rhino

    Key words here are "Inclusiveness and Professionalism".This government in Juba is not legitimate,let alone proficient enough to serve the people of South Sudan.Its been steered by visionless tribesmen the JCE headed by their primitive puppet Kiir the Kiirminal as leader of the caucus.Its not easy to have a meaningful productive dialogue with such people—I had one myself with a retard...

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    • 2 May 2017 22:01, by The Rhino

      ..called "charcoal face aka South Sudan the fork-teethed"—a real charcoal-brained Warrap goof,a total nut.
      So,I think Opposition Parties/Forces are taking a meaningful approach in stepping up their united voices against Kiir and his clique the JCE.Yes,reject to offer these gang any accreditation and legitimacy,for they(Kiir&JCE) have so far contradicted what they have promised.Furthermore....

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      • 2 May 2017 22:09, by The Rhino

        ..Opposition Parties should keep up the pressure high sending strong unequivocal signals to these gangs that this country is not a jieng camp,full stop!

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      • 3 May 2017 00:00, by South South


        Please help me. Do you understand what message this retarded man called The Rhino is sending out here above. Oh, my God. By the way Eastern, put your 4 conditions to your own pocket and walk away with them. WE can not take them as there are millions of factions which will appear from no where with new conditions. We have one government, you have millions factions. Government must lead.

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