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South Sudan national dialogue co-chairs says will reach hold out opposition


May 23, 2017 (JUBA) – Abel Alier, co-chair of the National Dialogue stressed the importance of reaching out to armed and non-opposition forces to ensure inclusivity, steering away from the views of President Salva Kiir who had directly advocated for a selective participation process.

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Abel Alier speaking to the public in Bor on January 13, 2017 (ST)

“The intent at the outset was to consult with all the major stakeholders both inside and outside the country. This consultation will focus on two things, the agenda and the process of the National Dialogue, said Alier.

The co-chair pointed out that the committee would organise the dialogue process around a constituency-based system, which consists of multiple forums and levels. The system would be top-down and bottom-up.

According to Alier, the top-down approach would require as a matter of urgency, ending the violent conflict that has devastated the country. Whereas the bottom-up would start at on a community level, through local dialogue forums where intra and inter-communal grievances would be addressed. The communities will then be able to select their own delegates to their respective National Dialogue forums through a system of congress.

A regional dialogue forum would also be in place so that regional issues can be discussed. The National Dialogue forum would be the final phase in which all the issues are discussed and resolved through consensus. The secretariat of the steering committee would then produce the details of the constituency-based system in which the stakeholders select their own delegates.

Meanwhile, Anjelo Beda Bangboru, the co-chair of the National Dialogue steering committee, said that though the struggle for independence was a result of the efforts and roles played by the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) with its military wing Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the Anyanya and the 1955 Torit Uprising, the dialogue would eventually prevail over the war.

“Your Excellency, I would like to state the fact that as hard as fighting was, and as long as our 20 years or more struggle continued, we finally got our independence, at last. It is now, your Excellency, the President, that in this spirit after 60 years you have found that the task of nation building is a very difficult one, as difficult as the fighting was, if not more,” said Beda.

He continued to say that an inclusive dialogue would be what they would advocate, stressing that they would invite all the stakeholders comprising of women, youth and opposition forces from outside the country.

“There have been many critics, but you cannot oppose when the roads to Yei, Yambio, Wau and Tombura are closed. This has to be resolved. The credibility and genuineness of the National Dialogue depend on its inclusivity, to make it open to all the people of South Sudan both inside and outside the country,” said the ageing veteran politician.

Beda pointed out the fact that the dialogue would be credible if President Kiir relinquished his patronage role over the process, making it more credible and guarantying the safety of all participants.

“It will be an important step especially that if there is a political will that the government will not lead or control the process, greatly increase the credibility of the National Dialogue,” he lamented.

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  • 24 May 2017 01:49, by Kush Natives

    Well stated Mr. Chairman! We in the government urge the beneficiaries of event to take seriously as a matter of fact. The population of South Sudan suffered enough whereby they should know better for sure what will should bring them together. There’s no country called South Sudan without people, we MUST sideline politics in various ways, and deal with this dialogue amicably. Let’s all closed the>

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    • 24 May 2017 01:56, by Kush Natives

      >>the doors of an ignorant good and for all, so that we South Sudanese achieved the lasting peace in our country. If we South Sudanese took peaceful dialogue as seriously as I think, then the next path will be an elimination of starvation in our country. South Sudan could be a better and well of country in the horn of Africa and Africa at large, we settled our differences amicably. South Sudan can

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      • 24 May 2017 01:58, by Kush Natives

        Feeds Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, CAR, DEC, and Sudan as well, if we accept ourselves regardless of the tribal division within our country.

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    • 24 May 2017 07:33, by Joyuma John

      the questions:

      1-who is dialoguing with who?

      2- what will be the defferent between national dialogue and peace agreement signed last year?

      3- who will implement the national dialogue resolutions?

      I need a Good samaritan to help in providing answers to the above questions.

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      • 24 May 2017 09:11, by Kush Natives

        Joyuma John,
        Who supposed to answer your question now? Simply to answer your question. Who’s fighting who now?

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      • 23 November 2017 18:13, by South Sudan National Dialogue

        1-about 100 local consultations, people will dialogue with each other

        2- the primary differences are that A) the National Dialogue is a South Sudanese solution instead of internationals solving our problems, and B) it’s much more inclusive

        3- we don’t know yet. Kiir has said he will respect the outcome. We shall see.


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    • 29 October 2017 08:50, by sirking79

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  • 24 May 2017 04:43, by john akeen

    any country has an a stupid people, you see usa has stupid people African American and south sudan has stupid people like Nuers of Riek Machar are number one stupid people, Equatorian of Riek Machar are number 2, Shilluk of Riek Machar are number 3, Balanda of Riek Machar are number 4, so if our country is full of stupid people, then how are we going to build a great country in Africa?

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    • 24 May 2017 04:55, by john akeen

      I think the people that who love this country name south sudan is the people that will make this National Dialogue successfully for the people, but the people that who doesn’t love south sudan, the will try to make this National Dialogue unsuccessfully because they hate south sudan and it’s people

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    • 24 May 2017 07:28, by jubaone

      John Akeen,
      Simple. Just curve out your jienge states that have the clever people and let the stupid non-jienges go their way. You will be double stupid if you insist staying with them. So just get your jienge states together and leave the stupid ones lie low!

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      • 24 May 2017 08:03, by john akeen

        you didn’t understand what I have wrote?

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    • 24 May 2017 07:30, by Tilo

      john akeen
      What has been stated by the Steering committee is the only way forward of inclusivity for successful dialogue in the country. The hatred for Riak can cause you heart attack.
      Today for the first time KUSH NATIVE has written what makes sense.
      The issue between Riak and Kiir seems personally, as Kiir strongly and openly reject him to join ND and that is what has ruin our beloved country

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      • 24 May 2017 07:52, by john akeen

        anyways president Kiir is in the OFFICE and is in person I’m I rigth

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        • 24 May 2017 07:54, by john akeen

          I meant RIEK MACHAR is in person

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    • 24 May 2017 07:44, by Eyez

      John Akeen
      How can you call other people stupid while you are the King of Stupidity from Stupidville. You can’t write, can’t think and can’t reason, so please don’t insult others. That’s why people like you follow tribal leaders as they do the thinking and you do the muscling and even the dying, you stupid Jienge idiot.

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      • 24 May 2017 08:38, by john akeen

        I said fuck you, now do you understand? I don’t hate people, but I hate stupid people like YOU

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    • 24 May 2017 15:48, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Mr John Akeen,

      A great country is not built on the foundation of nepotism, tribalism, corruption and brutality on ordinary citizens. You have to polish yourselves in order for you to become sensible, humane and trully patriotic.

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  • 24 May 2017 05:37, by Justin Lokolimoe

    John Akeen,

    You need to seriously listen to yourself. What love do you have for this country that others don’t have? You fully need to understand the nature of this conflict before carelessly writing petty stuff

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    • 24 May 2017 07:27, by Eyez

      This bogus National Dialogue is a farce and is destined to fail like all the other ’bubble thoughts’ schemes that the tribal government of Kiir and the JCE had created in order to prolong their grip at the helm of power.

      The little resources should be utilised to save the millions of citizens facing the State’s own Man-made famine instead of wasting it on a wild geese chase.


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    • 24 May 2017 08:21, by john akeen

      Justin Lokolimoe
      I have love for my coutry and I have a great dream for my country and I want peace in it by any means, so you tell me what kind of dream do have for your country? OR you going to tell me stupid stuff like I don’t want Kiir I don’t want Dinka like Kiir is going to stay in the office for life, stupidly shit

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  • 24 May 2017 07:24, by Eastern

    The two old men, Alier and Beda have realised that the task at hand is ARDUOUS - it requires more than a military officer odering his men to move on! In its current outlook, Kiir’s national dialogue is a nonstarter.

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    • 24 May 2017 11:20, by South South


      We are saying this very clear. Anyone who doesn’t like this national dialogue can stay away from it from the moment and leave it for those who want to go ahead with it. Calling Alier and Beda old men is not a wise thing from you. You are an old man too, do you know that?

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      • 24 May 2017 15:59, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        South South,

        You wrongly make statements as if the country personally belongs to you and your henchmen. That is wrong. The country belongs to all South Sudanese including Mr Riek Machar. You have no right to choose who should participate in national matter but the people.

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        • 24 May 2017 17:37, by South South

          jur_likang_a_ likan’g,

          National Dialogue is for all South Sudanese, but we have some people who are refusing it. These are the people I am talking about. Some people here including you are real very hard to deal with. They don’t National Dialogue and at the same time they blame those who want to go ahead with it of leaving them out.

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  • 24 May 2017 08:07, by Sunday Junup

    There have been many critics, but you cannot oppose when the roads to Yei, Yambio, Wau and Tombura are closed. This has to be resolved. Equatorian are changes people whether in gov’t or in rebellion, look how they speak sweet! NO DIALOGUE!!
    Abel Alier,
    You were chief negotiator from Khartoum in 1972 to betray your brother Joseph Lagu. now you want to do the same for your brothers in bush.

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    • 24 May 2017 08:38, by Eastern

      Sunday Junup,

      Thanks. To most Equatorians, Abel Alier still carries that very revolting smell of the dried fermented fish from Bor/Terekeka. Putting Abel Alier at the top of the process he started in the 1970s or earlier is to defeat the purpose of the whole exercise. This national dialogue of Kiir is to use his tribal number to entranch the dinka hegmony!!!

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      • 24 May 2017 11:28, by South South


        Talking about 1972 agreement, it is your weak leader called Joseph Lagu who sold out South Sudan. Alier was not on Anya-Nya side. All case of South Sudan from Anya-Nya side was in Lagu hand, but he sold us out to Fake Arabs. Lagu was a capital in Sudanese army before he joined Anya-nya. Do you know that he was paid the salaries of the years he spent with Anya-Nya, how do you call that

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  • 24 May 2017 08:14, by Chief Odili

    A Dialogue Flow:
    Dialogue between Nuer+Jieng+Shilo+Anyuak+Murle+Kashipo+Jie+Others [uppernile dialogue]. Upper Nile is the most affected by conflict of poor governance yet leads in oil. Why always Uppernile. Not BG or Eq?
    Upper Nile’s Confederate State. Unless U.Nile Unite, No peace or Nation.

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    • 24 May 2017 09:27, by Malakal county Simon

      The dialogue must be inclusive and genuine otherwise, it’s going to be seen as a fish try to swim without water lol!!!!

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      • 24 May 2017 09:34, by Malakal county Simon

        Chief Odili

        Dinka Bor are the seeds of disease in Greater Upper Nile, and this is why Greater Upper Nile suffers the most compared to the others two Regions. We need to get rid-off them, in order for G-U-N to experience peace for once and for all!!!!

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        • 24 May 2017 13:04, by Lango2010

          makalacounty boy
          what do mean by saying that "getting rid" of certain ethnic group "bor" while we are talking peace, you say negative things.South Sudan will never be in peace if people keep revenging tactic believe me.

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          • 24 May 2017 13:09, by Lango2010

            so it is up to us the youth of this nation whether to accept peace through this national dialogue of continue live in war and revenge. how can the nation die for the reason of two people, "Riek and Kiir" whose future are they killing? there time is gone, but they are wasting ours.

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            • 24 May 2017 13:47, by Malakal county Simon


              I’m not against the peace, but contrarily so called national dialogue.. Unwanted failed president Kiir made it very clear recently, that he doesn’t want Dr. Riak Machar to take part in this so-called national dialogue. Well if this is the case, do you think this national dialogue will work without Dr Machar or the SPLM-IO taking part???? Yes or no and why answers is needed here thanks you

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              • 24 May 2017 19:40, by Lango2010

                Malalakalcounty simon.your is right Kirk need Machar to dialogue together of course but Kiir fears that if Machar happen to comeback to Juba than another catastrophe may occur for the third time. In that case I wish the OI should send in their representatives and if there viable peace witness than Riek will definitely come in. Can that address your anxiety?

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                • 24 May 2017 19:47, by Lango2010

                  This peace is not for Riek Machar nor for Salvation Kiir, it is for the innocents citizens and all the stakeholders. Because both will go one time and the our people will be left with the hatre within them for some decades. So why do we advocate for personalities but not for our country?

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  • 24 May 2017 09:30, by Aguer Kawac Akok

    i hope this national Dialogue will reached grass root especially communities on the ground we donot war.

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    • 24 May 2017 14:41, by Dalta Cirea

      This National Dialogue will never bring peace as well as Kirr don’t like SPLM IO Leaders to include as he his the head of the IO party, all SPLM IO will not participate. If so who are going to dialogue with ? This is the waste of time and resources.

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