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South Sudan holdout groups decline meeting IGAD envoy before formal invitation


Sudan's Foreign Minister who is also the chief mediator El-Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed and IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan Ismail Wais (L) launch the final phase of the revitalization process in Khartoum on 13 August 2018 (Photo Nuur Mahmoud Sheekh)
February 27, 2019 (JUBA) - The South Sudan National Democratic Alliance (SSNDA) has declined to meet the IGAD special envoy for South Sudan asking him to address an invitation in due form before.

Ismail Wais met with the SSNDA leader Thomas Cirilo on 25 February to discuss the recurrent clashes between his group the National Salvation Front (NAS) and the South Sudanese government army (SSPDF) in Yei River State.

The meeting also discussed ways to bring the holdout groups of the opposition alliance to join the revitalized peace agreement as the transitional period will begin within two months. Also, it was agreed that such a meeting should include the all the SSNDA factions.

On Wednesday, NAS Spokesperson Suba Sammuel Manase disclosed that the Wais verbally requested to meet the SSNDA leadership.

"While the leadership of SSNDA is willing to engage with the Office of IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan; we urge that such a meeting should be formal with prior notice given in advance to enable the leadership of SSNDA to have time to prepare," Manase added.

"Regrettably, due to lack of formal and timely notification by IGAD of its intention to meet the leadership of SSNDA, the proposed meeting did not take place as scheduled," he stressed.

The non-signatory groups are dismayed by a decision taken by the IGAD Council of Ministers on 16 November 2018 directing the special envoy for South Sudan to join the implementation of the revitalized otherwise "they shall be labelled spoilers of the peace process".

The holdout groups reject to sign the peace pact and call to open it for further talks as they maintain their demand for large autonomy for the regions with the appropriate resources.

Also, they blame the IGAD for asking their leader to cease hostilities while, as they claim, all the attacks are carried out by the government forces, pointing that NAS fighters observe the cessation of hostilities of 21 December 2017.

SSNDA’s position recalls that of the SPLM-IO during the wartime as it had accused the regional body of siding the government.

At the time they asked to not allow South Sudanese foreign minister taking part in the meeting on South Sudan saying Juba cannot be part of the conflict and participate in the decisions of the mediation.


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  • 28 February 2019 05:27, by Eastern

    IGAD knows OUR address very well. Next time if it ever wants to contact US, it should employ the necessary DECORUM. Case closed!

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    • 28 February 2019 07:45, by Midit Mitot

      Those who had rebel because of their positions will not be involved on this peace revitalization process, they will either rejoin Juba regime or Dr Machar.

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    • 28 February 2019 08:19, by South South


      In fact, these a little guys met with IGAD and then put out lie on social medias that they refused to meet with IGAD. This is a very laughable group to watch.

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      • 28 February 2019 11:34, by Eastern

        South South,

        You will die a confused guy if set aside some time to follow Eastern! Wheather or not the holdout groups met IGAD is not a JENGE affairs....Just open your kraal doors to welcome those who can’t handle the heat in the jungle. Case closed!

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        • 28 February 2019 11:38, by South South


          We are the masters of the heat, no one else in South Sudan. Anyone who wants peace MUST come to us. South Sudan is a country ran by people, not monkeys.

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    • 28 February 2019 10:23, by jubaone

      Jienges have a convoluted understanding of everything, even when others have it all right. Dr. Wais met with Lt Gen Cirillo who is head of NAS and in turn head of the SSNDA coalition. Both NAS and SSNDA have different spokespersons. That is necesary for clear command chain. Both are simply rejecting the haphazard and jienge-like approach of doing things.

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      • 28 February 2019 10:30, by jubaone

        ..both spokespersons want written and formal ways of doing things and not the verbal, non-committed jienge approach. You rightly state..."IGAD has NAS/SSNDA address. Our "MTNs" can check that out from IGAD website. Fact is, without NAS/PDM/SSNMC or the Equatorian Factor, this peace is just pieces. Worthless, now IGAD is recoiling. Great ?

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        • 28 February 2019 11:34, by South South

          Oh monkey, we are not going to talk with IGAD, oh monkey, we are ready to talk to IGAD, oh monkey, we don’t know what to do, oh monkey, we are weak and stupid, wicked and low learners.

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  • 28 February 2019 07:34, by Chiir

    The hungry vultures are whining because they all have run out of food:
    1. SSNDA
    2. NAS
    3. PDM
    4. SSPM
    Come back and cultivate. It is about the rainy season and we want people to cultivate, please.

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    • 1 March 2019 07:25, by Pakuai

      Worry less about those losers chap. Ask yourself which country(ies) in harboring those so-called hold out group in the IGAD block? For those South Sudanese in the know, Mr. Thomas Cirillo was deliberately taped on the shoulder by his handlers from the US, the UK, the UN and some of creeps in between to run to Adis Ababa after Mr. Riek Machar rebellion was utterly crushed on the ground. And the main aim about that tactics was to the war in South Sudan alive in greater Equatoria region. And for creeps in the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their evil juus (so-called Israelis) and some of their allies in who covet our country and our peoples would always use those losers as their blackmails or bargaining cards over our country>>>

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      • 1 March 2019 07:47, by Pakuai

        The same thing to Riek Machar and his Lam Akol buddy, they were taken to Khartoum, North Sudan by the same creeps in the IS, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their evil juus (so-called Israeli) and some of their allies in between even here in own region and finally, Mr. Pagan Amuom is on the same mission with those groups l Just explained above. Remember Mr. Chiir, Those three groups are the ones who want our country to be made the so-called UN WORLD ORDER government experiment. Mr. Pagan Amuom went and shouted outside the UN building in New York after he signed out our to foreign interest group in ADI’s Ababa in 2015>>>

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        • 1 March 2019 08:05, by Pakuai

          Mr. Riek Machar wants the same thing, he wants the UN government in our country and not only this, Mr. Riek Machar also wants the so-called ’regional protection force, RPF to come and protect against the South Sudanese people! Mr. Thomas Cirillo after he ran to Adis Ababa, he went and formed his bogas party called, Math or NAS (national salvation front)! Can you see Mr. Chiir what l am try to drive to? There are some criminals in our country who have sold their souls to the devils in the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their evil juus (so-called israelis), their gulf Arab states financiers and some of their creepy allies here in our own Africa and the criminals thought that they can also sell our country and our people their devil masters>>>

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          • 1 March 2019 08:22, by Pakuai

            We just need peace in our country though. But our foreign puppets/stooges, traitors and thieves with their magician. Playing our country and our people to evil juus (so-called Israelis) attack dogs and their evil allies cheap and dirty intrigues over our country and our people must be made accountable this time around. Mr. Chiir, there are evils in the UK who who think that South Sudan is part of their evil ANGLO-AMERICAN empire and the evils believed, that whoever control the Nile, controls Africa. And South Sudan is the only country along the Nile with resources these vermin covet to death>>>

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            • 1 March 2019 08:39, by Pakuai

              All those cheap proestests in Khartoum are just a show Mr. Chiir chap. The evils behind the mess in our country and against our people have badly failed with their regime change business of the current Mr. Salva Kiir government and throught they would go and micromanage their our traitors and their puppets in Washington, Wall St, London, Brussels and shady countries their foreign masters and themselves go and hide their loots in. And that was why the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their creepy allies in between were so fixated on our country’s small issues. When there are more problems in Darfur, Southern Kordufan, Southern Blue Nile, Abesh (so-called ethiopia), Somalia, Kenya, Burundi, DR Congo, Central Africa republic (CAR), Libya, Mali and other countries>>>

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              • 1 March 2019 08:51, by Pakuai

                But South Sudan is the most prized by the hyenas in the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy UN, their cloned so-called Arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states financiers, their evil juus (so-called israelis) and some of their creepy allies in between have step on wrong people feet, the Sudanese men----the Dinkas/Monjiengs of the Sudan to be precise. The evils love affair with our country and our people love affair with our country and our people has gone too far and to evils are going to be bombed to near oblivion, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM>>>>

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                • 1 March 2019 09:14, by Pakuai

                  This is what are the facts of what is being fought over our country and our people and even in our region, Middle East, South East Asia, Eastern Europe (Ukraine), South America (Venezuela and other South American countries); those South Sudanese who listen and learn: From Djibouti through North Sudan, right across the Sahel, Chad, Central Africa republic (CAR), South Sudan, Libya, Niger, Mali, Bakina Faso up to Senegal----is considered by evils in the US, the UK, their evil juus (so-called israelis), their gulf Arab states financiers and some of their creepy allies in between to make their *new Middle battle grounds* for their weaponry testing. The evils are going to destroyed to extinction>>>>

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                  • 1 March 2019 09:29, by Pakuai

                    The so-called ’brexit (the UK leaving the EU) is being negotiated over our country and our people. And even over our cloned so-called arab North Sudan. Winston Churchill, the greatest English evil, who once opined that their evil juus (so-called israelis) were to be resettled in Uganda after Europeans almost wiped the evils out of the map. And to be honest with the evils, their evil juus (so-called Israeli) would have been dead. Just wait fellows if there would be Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Nepalese, Sri Lankans (we respect Tamil tigers though), evil white Americans in central Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Angola and some of other countries here in Africa>>>

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                    • 1 March 2019 09:51, by Pakuai

                      Lowly informed South Sudanese fools: Rome is considered by Europeans as their their marvelous seat of their Western Civilization. Gulf Arab states are considered to have their "Islam* and the the evils in the US, the UK, their UN, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, Mr. Omar Hassan El Bashir. President of Chad, Mr. Buhari of Nigeria, Mr. Abiye Muhammad of the Abesh (so-called ethiopia), Some creeps in Egypt, Middle East and other countries would always go to " Mecca in Saudi Arabia, just as pilgrams always go to Rome. Jerusalem, the evil juus (so-called israelis) claimed to be their is not theirs in the slightest>>>

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                      • 1 March 2019 10:20, by Pakuai

                        These evils even consider our pyramids their engineering. Fellows, there would be, second Holocaust here in our country. Fellows, l repeat and repeat again. I am the one who will help bomb Eastern Jerusalem, reasons, Pure HATRED and RACISM, fellows, watch this space. Remove your rubbish from South Africa, central town of Nanyuki, Laikipia, Kenya and a country we are going to walk over and pee, before we bomb Saudi Arabia and her allies. Fellows, the owners are here.

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