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Machar calls to end his “confinement and detention” in S. Africa


June 1, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan former First Vice President and rebel leader Riek Machar has called on the UN Security Council to end in order his forced exile in South Africa and to allow him to engage in a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

South African President Jacob Zuma meets South Sudan’s First Vice President, Riek Machar in Pretoria on 18 February 2016 (ST Photo)

“We [SPLM in Opposition] are calling on the UN to end the international policy of isolating the SPLM(IO) including my release from the confinement and detention so as to enable our full engagement in finding a peaceful resolution to this conflict,” said Machar in a written statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

In October 2016 Machar left Khartoum to Pretoria officially for medical treatment. But in fact, his travel had been decided in a common agreement between the IGAD countries. Washington was involved in the decision.

One month later, the former first vice-president successfully escaped his residence in Pretoria and reached Khartoum and Addis Abba. But he was forced to return to South Africa as the Sudanese and Ethiopian authorities refused to allow him to enter into their territories.

The idea was to grant him an asylum in South Africa far away from South Sudanese politics, with the hope to contain the situation and prevent the eruption of hostilities again.

According to the seven - page text, Machar made his call during a video conference on Wednesday with the Security Council. However, South Sudanese diplomat said he had a meeting with officials from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) who sought to convince him to stop the hostilities following a unilateral cessation of hostilities declaration by President Salva Kiir.

Machar accused President Kiir of resisting reforms and democratisation of the ruling party.

The second part of written speech detailed the failure of the August 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) and actions that should be taken to end the war in South Sudan as third port of his presentation.

“We [SPLM-IO] are calling on the UN to initiate a political process for peaceful settlement of the conflict using the agreement (ARCSS) as the basis, review the status of the UN peacekeeping forces to enable it to carry out its mandate effectively,” he further said.

He further said a humanitarian conference should be convened and “a political process for peaceful settlement of the conflict using the agreement as the basis” will end the war in South Sudan.

In a meeting with the Acting Director in the Office of U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Paul R.Sutphin, on 27 April, the SPLM-IO delegation called for the ARCSS revival through an inclusive political process that requires the involvement of the two warring parties to the South Sudanese conflict.

The rebel group further said that the SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar should be the one leading the group for the new peace negotiations.

However, the American official reiterated that they want Machar to continue to be in South Africa until the conclusion of a lasting peace agreement by his group and not his person.

" We still hold the view and of the support that Dr Riek should still remain in South Africa until lasting and sustainable peace followed by the political settlement of the conflict in South Sudan is achieved," said Sutphin, according to the minutes of the meeting seen by Sudan Tribune.


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  • 2 June 2017 00:56, by dinkdong

    Appealing to UNSC, do not let him out. In fact, add Kiir to that confinement.

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    • 2 June 2017 08:23, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Exile of Riek Machar, should not be end
      If UNSC need peace in South Sudan then let he Machar be in exile.

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    • 2 June 2017 08:26, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Riek Machar is lying he is talking about peace which is negativitly wrong
      Let him be there if he need himself to be a life.

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      • 2 June 2017 08:31, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        Let South Sudan be in mess in one man hand without Riek Machar.
        Riek Machar, has nine 9 months out of South Sudan but there is no peace in the country.

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    • 2 June 2017 09:07, by Mi diit

      Dear all!!

      Dr. Machar is coming back home in the middle of June, confirmed.

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    • 2 June 2017 11:25, by Midit Mitot

      Shit! if Dr Machar will not participate in the peace process or National dialogue, how would you tackle that? US Government must be wrong some where.

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  • 2 June 2017 02:11, by South South

    Riek will not come back to South Sudan until peace is realized. National Dialogue has kicked in and we are calling for rebels to join it. Machar has to wait for now in his parking lot in South Africa, period.

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    • 2 June 2017 03:00, by Malakal county Simon

      Anyone who think Dr machar should stay in South Africa while we are talking for inclusive dialogue, is a waste of time because his loyalist wouldn’t accept bogus dialogue without their leader participation!!!!

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      • 2 June 2017 03:09, by Malakal county Simon


        The both regional and the world at large, need to know that isolations will not yield any lasting peace obviously, there will be more war.... So please world and regional countries if you have love for this people’s of South Sudan and want to see a genuine lasting peace in this country, please release Dr Machar and peace will follow....

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        • 2 June 2017 08:40, by Eastern

          Malakal county Simon,

          Thanks, tell them louder.....

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          • 2 June 2017 14:30, by Malakal county Simon


            Thanks brother for accepting the truth

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        • 2 June 2017 11:51, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


          What a controversy!! How is the dialogue inclusive while a citizen by birth is barred from exercising his constitutional right of contributing to the event. It will never be inclusive as long as it is exclusive. Here do we understand basic English language?

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          • 2 June 2017 14:36, by Malakal county Simon


            It’s a fallacy wish, let’s them continue to exclude Dr Machar and what will happen...... We have a confirmation about IGAD heads of State summit 12/6/2017 and from there, we will see the result and let’s hope this comming will stop the uneeded bleeding in our country!!!!

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      • 2 June 2017 06:36, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Malakal county simon

        Just continues fighting to install Riak in position or accept peace

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  • 2 June 2017 03:11, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Sorry Machar, you must renounce the violence first and African leaders might let you out the cage or cabin or what you accept "confinement." People are tired of war and you must call your gangs or murderers to stop fighting. Otherwise, you will spend the rest of your life in South Africa.

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  • 2 June 2017 03:18, by Tut Gatkuoth

    Riek Machar should kindly stay in SA for the interest of the people of south Sudan because he represent bad luck and misery to Junubin.

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    • 2 June 2017 09:04, by Mi diit

      Tut Gatkuoth (Dinka boy),
      Stop using Nuer names. Be the real you.

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    • 2 June 2017 09:35, by Jason Watskins

      @Tut, what are you fool talking about? Your stooge Kiir represent nothing other than misery and suffering for the people of South Sudan. Only his cronies and rent seekers are the only benefiting at the expense of the people of South Sudan. Your time is up buddy...

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    • 2 June 2017 10:20, by Sunday Junup

      Tut Gatkuoth,
      Go ahead with your rotten regime and face economic collapse if you don’t needs peace and dr.Riak until you come to your kneel and look for dr.Riak help.

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  • 2 June 2017 03:53, by lino

    I am not sure how the world analyze situations,but since his confinement, the war has been fought all over South Sudan which means Machar as a person is not the problem of this nation.
    Please sit down and try to come up with other definition. To stop the war more leaders including the government needs to be confined and young people need to be in charge. Lots are educated and qualified in SS!!!

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  • 2 June 2017 05:24, by Eastern

    Dr. Machar’s confinement in South Africa is John Kerry’s idea but now it has badly backfired. Dr. Machar is in confinement but his many supporters are giving Kiir and cohorts trouble....!

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    • 2 June 2017 07:42, by South South


      Wrong, Machar has no followers. Since 2015 after peace was signed he lost control of his forces. Now, have 5 five factions of Nuer alone after peace.
      1- Taban Deng’s faction
      2- Gabriel’s Chamson faction
      3- Tut’s faction
      4- Peter Gadet’s faction
      5- two Equatoria factions
      The guys is a loser and there is no real war in South Sudan after his parking in South Africa. Keep him there.

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      • 2 June 2017 08:44, by Eastern

        South South,

        Who has cut off the following from Juba: Kajo Keji, Yei, Yambio, Nimule (you require armed convoy), Bor (you require armed convoy), closing down of banks, calling for Kiir’s national dialogue, etc. Why are South Sudanese running away from their country? Dr. Machar leads a constituence of South Sudanese to reckon with,...!!!

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  • 2 June 2017 05:46, by Kush Natives

    No way! South Sudan government will NEVER accomadate Dr. Evil to land on the land of king. If he (Dr evil) sneak in by mistake, then we will reinstate king Paul Malong finish up his leftover job, meaning bombing Pagak ASAP. He MUST remained confined there in Pretoria hospital. For those who’re hopelessly to see him should pay the air ticket in their own pocket money. Things are getting tougher now

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    • 2 June 2017 06:25, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Supporters of Dr. Killer Machar

      I told you not to celebrate, him Riak should denounce war and join us in national dialogue, its only way to bringing peace, or he should remain in exile.

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      • 2 June 2017 06:44, by Eastern

        Dr. Machar is fighting back in defense of the violence waged on him by Kiir! Dr. Machar has been confined in South Africa for sometimes now, has that stopped the war against Kiir? If Machar asked to be let to participate in looking for solution to the mess Kiir started from closer to home, do you think he’s being naive. I actually want Machar to remain where he is and we deal with Kiir!!!

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      • 2 June 2017 12:11, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        Say it clearly that Riek should come to eat with you the loot. He wants law and order that you dearly lack Mr.

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  • 2 June 2017 08:17, by Terror Juba

    To find a final solution to this crisis of south Sudan, Machar should be involved, avoiding him won’t solve the problem. You think Machar is the problem in south Sudan politics?
    the government is suffering from what to do.
    no electricity, no clean water, no roads, no hospitals, no universities, no telecom
    to rectify this, the government doesn’t know from where will they start, just to blame

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  • 2 June 2017 08:22, by Sunday Junup

    Dr.Machar stay in SA, my advice is that tell who ever want to speak with you that you are in SA as confined person. Period we will deal with Kiir and Taban until they kneel down and beg for your present. Don’t worry, i know you care for citizen but remember Taban and Kiir sold all resources to USD to keep you away and chase every citizen away from SS.Jub desire is to send all value SS to exile

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  • 2 June 2017 09:05, by 1991

    The SPLA the lost their vision and objectives of what they been fighting for.it seemed their main to fight for their packets. Not for welfare of southern people whom been super for very long time hoping spla will bring their choice of freedom and democracy for all. Iam very disappointed I wish DR John grang still a live.

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  • 2 June 2017 10:18, by Chief Odili

    We the people of Greater Upper Nile had been held hostage by Greater Bar El ghazal and myopic Equatoria. We failed to realize that our children are the victims of poor governance, our people are refugees all over neghbouring countries, our oil is used to acquire arms to kill us, our oil is being drunk off in bars in Juba, used to hire prostitutes, used to build acquire properties in EA, used to>

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    • 2 June 2017 12:07, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Chief Odili,

      Politics is not based on hatred and envy but cohesiveness by providing basic services to citizens so that the country progresses. You do not need to blame Equatorians and the rest except the people of Aweil and Upper nile for the liberation of South Sudan. No body forced you to do the needful. Secondly all the people of the country participated in the war of liberation.

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  • 2 June 2017 10:23, by Chief Odili

    send their children to school by equatoria and warrap. Upper Nile and Aweil were the liberators, yet neglected by this wonky government. we do not know what we are doing if we say RIEK Must Not Come. We suppose to exit this government enmass and reconstruct our region, bring back refugees. Not single warrap had died of bullet during the selfish war, not one in any camp in Kenya and Uganda, Sudan>

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  • 2 June 2017 10:30, by Chief Odili

    or CAR or DRC. Equatoria are in the camp because they were fighting their jealousy. War had rampaged Malakal, Bor, Bentiu, Ayod, Awad, Duk, Panyagoor, etc. Murle, Bor, Nuer, Anyuak are instigated against each other. Why Always Upper Nile?
    I do not eat or sleep in Makuei, Kuol, Ghai, Riek, or Yauyau house. But there has to be a bit of Modicum of truth to unite and forget Kiir Govt. He is ingrate.

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  • 2 June 2017 10:36, by Chief Odili

    The satanic old men who advised him had totally confused him in addition to his inept attitude. He is even planning to kill Malong, Makuei, L.Gore, Taban, and Majak.
    Riek has to come and mobilize Upper Nile Youth for complete dialogue and ultimate peace and reconstruction of the region.
    12 months since Riek left Juba. still war is ongoing, defection is growing, anger is rampant, finger pointing Bo

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  • 2 June 2017 14:58, by Black Nation

    The confinement of machar isn’t the solution to war torn country S. Sudan, as you have seen since his confinement and detaintion in S. Africa, the war still escalating around the youngest Nation

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  • 2 June 2017 15:11, by Redeemer

    He has voluntarily accepted at last that he is exiled. Just stop fighting and you will get the political talks that will award you another position

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    • 2 June 2017 20:08, by anyanya1

      This the same game played by s.africa government by then to Nelson Mandela, careful now government of ss on pressure to solve this mess through their ND if they can’t solve it, the world will change their mind and bring him back as President of the nation.

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  • 2 June 2017 16:15, by John Majak

    The rope of human is the word spoken to, tell your boss to stay away from ss politics till the third term election because he wrongly start politics let him exercise again

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  • 2 June 2017 16:55, by quiz

    Dear UNDSSC,
    if you want peace to prevail in S.S, release Dr.Riek from your confinement Area(SA). Dr.Riek is the main useful element in S.S . Nobody will smell or see peace in S.S if Dr.Riek will not participated in this peace talk but if world need unstable of suffering in S.S, don,t release him. you ,ll be the same people who will call him to S.S and U,ll welcome him in red carpet. mark My word.

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  • 2 June 2017 23:05, by John Majak

    Quiz and all other rebels! Fool dr can not cure patient. You all like your fake dr. Dark destruction( riek machar) what did riek treat in history since he began politics. Second to this, your refusal to accept peace has a solution mark my word

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  • 2 June 2017 23:17, by John Majak

    You all with your fake dr.riek are not politicians. In politics, paste yield present and present yield future and future revises both A/m do you think if UNSC put aside interest and act for the people of ss will they not isolate riek completely and focust on government how she will let down her people? They even know that the problem of ss is riek.

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    • 3 June 2017 10:33, by quiz

      John Majak and whoever want Dr.Riek to be isolated in SS politic by UNDSS or toothless dog(IGAD) through you evil acts, make sure S.S ,ld never come back & enjoy peace without Dr.Riek. you R using naked politic W/C is driving our country into water.Who advised you, UNDSS and IGAD negatively that politician with million of supporters & organized forces can be Isolated like this?

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      • 3 June 2017 11:10, by quiz

        continue..peace is about the trust and acknowledging of the mistake but Kiir and his supporters are talking of national dialogue without trust feeling from their inner heart/conscious . you are the same people who want to isolate Dr.Riek and U,ll be the same people who ,ll receive him in red carpet in Juba airport.

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    • 3 June 2017 10:46, by quiz

      continue..let,s wait if you ,ll see peace in S.S without Dr.Riek. logically and psychologically, u could know and observes the atmosphere that, there will be no peace without Riek. Even national dialogue w/c U r thinking like a song ,ll not work. you cannot put the pot on the fire with 2 stones. you can not forces people in to dialogue without following the proper procedure of peace building.

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