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S. Sudan rebel leader again snubs dialogue team in S. Africa


October 12, 2017 (JUBA) - Members of South Sudan’s national dialogue steering committee that traveled to South Africa for a retreat have issued a statement regretting failure to meet Riek Machar, the leader of the armed opposition faction, on the second attempt.

The team, in its 12 October statement, said it failed to meet Machar despite a request passed through South Africa’s Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa.

“Regrettably, this time again, we have received a word back from deputy president Ramaphosa’s office, that Dr. Machar has again turned down our request to meet him. Despite this latest turn by our brother and son of South Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, we wish by this statement, to reassure our downtrodden people, that the doors of the national dialogue remain open to Dr. Machar and to any other South Sudanese political and military leader, who has a point of view that may enhance the process of the national dialogue leading to peace, security, reconciliation and national unity for all the people of our beloved young republic of South Sudan”, reads the statement .

Several opposition figures allied to Machar also confirmed that their leader turned down the request, citing lack of credibility of the process and non-impartiality of the group seeking to meet him.

“We have said time and again that the dialogue is important but it is not the priority in the current situation. You cannot have a situation in which there is a continuing fighting, yet the same government which is on offensive goes around for public relations purpose and claiming to be conducting dialogue. Conducting dialogue with whom while committing atrocities? People are in displaced camps, others have fled the country to neighbouring countries yet they do not see this as a priority”, Gabriel Lam Duop, a leading armed opposition official told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

The former labour and public service minister questioned the credibility of the team, casting doubt on the independence of the team.

“This is the team that goes to Salva Kiir whenever it wants to travel anywhere for this purported dialogue so that they are given instructions. So what do you expect from such people? The rhetoric about the independence of that body being peddled in the media is just nonsense,” further stated Duop.

He added, “Who does not know they were appointed by Salva Kiir? If they want, they can call it their own monologue”, he added.

Ramaphosa, also the deputy chairman of the South Africa’s ruling party (ANC), said he is optimistic the South Sudan crisis will be solved.

“I come from a process that looked unsolvable. When we started our process, I always knew we would be successful,” he told the dialogue team in South Africa while calling for a commitment from South Sudanese leaders in the peace process.


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  • 13 October 2017 08:42, by Eastern

    The tribal regime in Juba should stop posturing that the problem Kiir instigated can be solved only by Kiir..!

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    • 13 October 2017 09:32, by jubaone

      The jienge is about the only human-like creature that believes you can spice some brown shit 💩 add some salt and peanut butter and hmmm! that is edible. The ND is jiengethrash. Meanwhile, we Equatorians are already gearing for Equatexit. Period.

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    • 13 October 2017 10:19, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Who is care about Riek Machar,

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      • 13 October 2017 14:14, by jubaone

        You jienges care. Otherwise you would not be running after him like whores.

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  • 13 October 2017 08:52, by Sunday Junup

    Steering Comittee should know that it is primary student (Kiir) Vs PHD student (Machar) game. They have to play their card very well. Congratulation Dr.Machar there is no way to negotiate with Terrorist. Let them free James Gatdet Dak, Dong Samuel and Idris then you may see them as independence. How come they kidnap your guys and come to dialogue with you?

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    • 13 October 2017 09:08, by Newsudan

      very funny, refusing again, what does Gatmachar wants,oh to be make FVP again, "kalam Farig"

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  • 13 October 2017 09:05, by Landlord

    Kiir Should also make it public that, I the president have declared Dr machar to participate in ND. Congratulations Doctor, such cheap lies can not just bring you down. Tribal regime in Juba is feeling it.
    Let’s keep watching the end of Nation dialogue.

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  • 13 October 2017 09:40, by Tilo

    Dialogue before peace, that must be a joke, First stop the war. Commit to permanent ceasefire, Create safe environment for IDPs to go back to their homes, bring back all the refugee then you can talk of dialogue.
    There is no dialogue while fighting is on across the country, Insecurity is high and zero stability. SS gov’t need to go one step at a time but not to rush to the last step before peace

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  • 13 October 2017 10:21, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    This rebels leader must be treated militarily in order to accept peace.

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    • 13 October 2017 13:15, by Sunday Junup

      Ayuiu Makuac,
      Which military are you talking about after you involve Uganda, Egypt, SPLA-N, GEM etc and never succeeded recently you uses terrorism by Kidnaping SPLA-IO and paying $1.5million Monthly to detain Dr.Riak. If you are a man let it be Nuerwew and Dinka verses SPLA-IO with present of Dr.Riak. You will se your Anyor marathon like Juba-Bor road 2014 Marathon

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      • 13 October 2017 13:35, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        Sunday Junnup
        You are layer
        Your created civil war involving propaganda information’s, you and your Riek Machar initiated negative news,
        Who can defeat Kiir, in term of experience in war?

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        • 13 October 2017 15:57, by Eastern

          Experience in war? Wodi.....

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        • 13 October 2017 20:34, by jubaone

          No peace, no dialogue, no compromise with jienges. You use your war experience and we fight it out. We are ready, 3, 10, 50 yrs we are on your asses.

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    • 13 October 2017 14:13, by Landlord

      Militarily has failed already, thus why fake ND came about.
      But you can still try your military capability if you are strong to stand since nyor matiang abandoned Kiir Already.
      I don’t think military will proceed to south Africa to fight and force Dr Machar to except National dialogue.Try

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  • 13 October 2017 10:27, by Liel-le

    President Kiir plays weird games that make you question his IQ sometimes, how difficult is it to pour out usual stolen money to assassinate that little brat?

    With majority of Nuer believing Riek to be Ngundeng’s chosen leader, it is not easy to change the mindset of those retards unless you eliminate that crook for them to shut their asses up.

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  • 13 October 2017 11:16, by Lenin Bull

    Who does this moron called Riek Machar thinks he is? He is defeated in battle fields across South Sudan, his forces are in disarray, some are surrendering, some going to refugee camps in neighboring countries and some have become negative forces killing civilians only on highways. Why waste time and resources on meeting him anyway?

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    • 13 October 2017 20:57, by jubaone

      Lenin Bull,
      This is what we want, no talk jienges keep to yourself and let us fight it out. Either Jienges or the rest. Riak should NOT waste time will hirelings and school dropouts. Kiirminal must first get a simple BSc degre to even sit next to Dr. Riak. SS wants thinkers not drinkers.

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  • 13 October 2017 11:32, by Eastern

    Dr. Machar is one of the many stakeholders of South Sudan. Let the Juba tribal regime focus on the consultation today with the IGAD delegation ahead of the High Revitalisation Forum. Kiir’s National Dialogue, a pure perfunctory exercise, can continue alongside the Museveni-led SPLM "reunification".....After all, Kiir and Taban hare having a rosy moment in Juba...!

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  • 13 October 2017 13:15, by koang mi kei

    this so call Dialogue is just a waste of time Kiir has to stop war first there War in Waat,Fagak,Bentui what dialogue are they talking about making money and get accommodated in expensive Hotels can not be call dialogue Machar is right not lie to the people and later they will regret Go ahead big man we are rally behind you.

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  • 13 October 2017 14:55, by Landlord

    Dr Riek will not be trapped again like July 2016 incident in J1. you declared him out of the fake ND, why consulting him and his views again? keep your national dialogue, we are used to this hush situation in the country already. People are tired smelling dinkas and their cow dungs in equatorial.

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  • 13 October 2017 19:55, by john akeen

    Hahahahahaha, Jesus said, when a good luck come and knocking on your door, you should open it or else it never come back to you again. Riek Machar need to read bible

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  • 13 October 2017 20:24, by Atemjak

    Fool Duop, even Machar was appointed to the post of Vice President by Kiir and doing what he thinks is right. They were appointed by President as per the constitution but to work in the interest of all South Sudanese people even if it means to be against Kiir.

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