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Kiir, Machar kick off Vatican-hosted retreat on peace in South Sudan


President Kiir (R) and SPLM-Io leader Machar shake hands after the signing of the revitalized peace agreement on 12 September 2018 (photo AFP)
April 10, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his First Vice President-designate Riek Machar have launched a two-day retreat in the Vatican o discuss the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement and ways to overcome the different hindrances

Following a visit by President Kiir to the Vatican last March, it was announced that he would hold a spiritual retreat in the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church together with four designated Vice Presidents: Riek Macha, James Wani Igga, Taban Deng Gai and Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior.

The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) is not participating in the meeting as the members of the divided-coalition failed to agree on someone to represent them at the presidency.

The South Sudanese presidency said that Kiir met with the Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte before to take part in the retreat. Conte vowed to exhort European leaders to support peace in South Sudan.

The idea to hold the retreat from the 10-11 of April was proposed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby who also is taking part in the retreat together with the ecclesiastical authorities of South Sudan.

The Vatican in a statement issued about the retreat said its purpose is to offer an ecumenical and diplomatic occasion for encounter and reconciliation

This event, was organized with the goal of offering "a propitious occasion for reflection and prayer, as well as an occasion for encounter and reconciliation, in a spirit of respect and trust, to those who in this moment have the mission and the responsibility to work for a future of peace and prosperity for the South Sudanese people," said the Vatican.

The lack of money and the need to negotiate many issues that left unclear in the text of the peace pact delayed the implementation of the pre-transitional arrangements including the reunification of the government and former opposition armies.

SPLM-IO of Riek Machar further accuses some circles in Juba of hampering the implementation of the few pre-transitional arrangements they agreed to enforce during the short time they have, as the transitional period should start in May.

So, the ecclesiastical authorities fear that parties disagree on the way forward, as the incumbent government of President Kiir says the government should be formed as scheduled the SPLM-IO hits to delay it for two or three months pointing out that its leader would not return without the formation of the nucleus unified army and the protection units.

Pope Francis will give a speech at the end of the retreat on Thursday afternoon. President Kiir and Machar are also expected to speak about what they agreed before the Holy Father.

Archbishop John Baptist Odama, Archbishop of Gulu (Uganda), and the Reverend Father Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, S.J., President of the Conference of Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar, will provide the preaching during the retreat.


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  • 10 April 2019 23:49, by South South

    The best way to go South Sudan.

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    • 11 April 2019 02:58, by The Rhino

      South South,

      Wrong!The best way for South Sudan to move forward is to bring these two murderers(Kiir and Machar) before the ICC or Hybrid Court.They have killed many South Sudanese and taken the country hostage.Accountability first!Any retreat from point A to B without true justice on the ground will never yield peace!

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      • 11 April 2019 03:39, by South South

        The Rhino,
        Your voice is a voice of tiny group of people from Karo people, who care, we need to move on.

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        • 11 April 2019 14:22, by The Rhino

          South South,

          ’Move on’?..then make a move and go back to your Abyei ya muraheel.We the KARO people are what all other people call,..’creme de la creme’..the best of the best in South Sudan,without Equatorians you savages are nothing,deal with it ya MTN!

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          • 11 April 2019 14:29, by South South

            The Rhino,
            Is it eating monkeys and rats can make someone especial? Or is it drinking heavily at funeral and jump on the top of every women you see can make someone especial? Dirty people like that should follow good people to learn something. When women spread their legs at funeral, are they human beings or animals ? I am just asking.

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            • 11 April 2019 15:33, by The Rhino

              South South,

              Have you forgotten ’mor girishen’ already?If there’s any tribe that practices immoralities and perversions at any cost then its your jienge tribe, these are facts you can’t deny them.Its the only proof why you squatters are so many like locusts,disgusting!

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      • 11 April 2019 06:56, by jubaone

        Just to paraphrase you! You can bring donkeys to a water point, but not force them to drink. Again, such meetings even in front of God won’t bring anything, cuz both don’t believe in God, have no morals and ethics. They are simply driven by egoism, narzism, greed and possessiveness. Such is only likely among low vertebrates and wild creatures.

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      • 11 April 2019 07:09, by Midit Mitot

        Bravo bravo South Sudanese, peace is the only way to build trust among citizens.

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  • 10 April 2019 23:49, by South South

    The best way to go South Sudan.

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    • 11 April 2019 04:48, by choldit

      the real problem is the lack of trust that exists btwn the govt in juba and the SPLM IO. what happened in July 2016 had furthered mistrust on this govt. no one for sure can say how truthful is president Salva Kiir on whatever he told to the Holy Father in Vatican retreat and whether he understand the significance of the involvement of the Vatican.

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  • 11 April 2019 09:17, by Landlord

    Salva went to Vatican with the aim of begging money to increase ammunition and kill non dinka.

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    • 11 April 2019 10:49, by South South

      People like Landlord are talking like children.Kiir has everything he needs to crushe rebels, but he has chosen peace first.

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      • 11 April 2019 11:35, by jubaone

        Jienges don’t like peace, they love ? chaos, anarchy and lawlessness. Just like flies like to dwell in filth and dirt. Both Riek and the Kiirminal should now go build for themselves houses in their areas with looted monies and take care of their several grandchildren instead of idling in Equatoria like vagrants.

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  • 11 April 2019 09:18, by KOKOJA

    The Vatican should now be granted full opportunity to direct tthe organized crime groups, these two i.e. Riek Macher and Salva Kirr should follow and abide by the guidelines of the Vatican. Any technical mistake could be detrimental to both. Mark this words. Good luck

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    • 11 April 2019 11:16, by jubaone

      The Vatican is only a toothless moral instance. It has no legal nor constitutional rights to apprehended any sitting president or even street kiirminal. We Equatorians must be damm foolish to expect anything. We should go for Equatexit. Neither Nuers, nyagateen nor jienges are interested in peace and development. They like to kill themselves. Support Equatexit.

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      • 11 April 2019 14:11, by The Rhino


        The Vatican is still struggling with many of its unresolved perversions in the Catholic Church(pedophilia and homosexuality)!I can’t understand why they still treat deliberate killers with high esteem?Something is wrong here!We all read the Holy Bible..justice first!No mistakes this time,Equatoria for Equatorians!

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        • 11 April 2019 16:10, by jubaone

          Your assessment is correct. The Vatican must first weed off those child molesters, homosexuals in their midst to have moral yardstick to talk to such gangsters. This R-ARCISS is a Nuer (nyagat)-jienge deal and has nothing to do with us Equatorians. Those of Henry Odwar and other Equatorian IOs are simply "political porters"

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          • 11 April 2019 18:28, by Eastern


            Vatican has NO CONTROL over the atheists in South Sudan; if it tries something, we will be witnessing what happened in BUGANDA in late 1880s. I rest my case...!

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