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November 25, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudanese leader Salva Kiir has issued a presidential order appointing new heads and members of various committees for the ongoing post-secession negotiations with neighbouring Sudan.

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South Sudanese leader Salva Kiir (Getty)

Nhial Deng Nhial, the ex-foreign affairs minister now becomes the lead negotiator, replacing Pagan Amum, the suspended ruling party (SPLM) secretary general.

The president, in his order, also appointed the ministers Kuol Manyang (defense) to lead the security committee, Michael Makuei Lueth (information) to lead the border committee and Stephen Dhieu Dau (petroleum) as head of the economy committee.

Foreign affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Martin Elia Lomoro (cabinet affairs) minister, Aggrey Tisa Sabuni (finance), Paul Mayom Akec (water resources and irrigation) and Jemma Nunu Kumba (electricity and dams) form part of Nhial’s team.

The two Sudan’s under the facilitation of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), are engaged in post-session talks on issues such as border and security, the economy, oil, citizenship status and the disputed Abyei region.

Security delegations from the two countries led by Gen. Siddiq Amer and Maj. Gen. Mac Paul will meet in Khartoum on Wednesday 27 November instead of Tuesday 26 as it was announced previously.

Different sources say South Sudanese security services have effectively stopped its support to the Sudanese rebels. However the two parties need to deploy the joint patrols and delimit the buffer zone and its zero line.

A lawmaker who asked not to be named said Kiir was "encouraging tribalism" by trying to garner support from his community, citing the composition of those he appointed to be part of the post-session discussions with Sudan.

“The fact that all the four heads of committees appointed by the president, to represent a country of 64 ethnic groups come from the same ethnic group, was a clear manifestation that Kiir was insensitive about fighting tribalism,” the MP told Sudan Tribune in an interview on Monday.

“Kiir should be mindful about unity of the people beginning with the government and party leaderships. Being the president of the country, commander-in-chief of the army and chairman of the ruling party SPLM is a huge responsibility,” he said, adding that the newly founded South Sudan was not ready for tribal conflicts.

The lawmaker, however, appealed to the SPLM leadership to cultivate the spirit of nationalism when making decisions in the party in resolving the ongoing differences.

Meanwhile, the fifth session of the joint security committee meeting between the two Sudans are due to begin Wednesday in Khartoum. It will be co-chaired by Gen. Siddiq Amer who chairs Sudan’s committee and his South Sudan counterpart Maj. Gen. Mac Paul.

Mac Paul and his delegation arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday.

The fifth session is due to discuss outcome of the previous meeting with regard to speeding up implementation of the Cooperation Agreement’s Matrix in accordance with the directives of the last summit held between Sudan’s Omer Al-Bashir and his South Sudan counterpart, Salva Kiir.

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  • 27 November 2013 05:27, by Gäär

    History tells us that Dinka Bar Gazelle are very good slaves.
    My father still have four of them now completely assimilated. They are properly fed and clothed since food and alcohol are their major requirements.
    If you want a domestic slave, give any Dinka Bar Gazelle a food package he cannot refuse. That’s enough, he can drink all your sewage and toilet without extra costs.

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    • 27 November 2013 07:19, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      These are the. Rey people who negotiated CPA They are too difficult to be trick, They are masterminded of negative strategy, you will heard a good news so. About their success. They work as team not individual that is why they are seated in that manner, there is nothing to benefit from it but we trust them and adware we choose the becoz they are intelligence Bor intellectuals,

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      • 27 November 2013 07:51, by Mi diit

        Only a fool will doubt that incompetent Kiir is a tribal leader. Look at how he shamelessly appointed only Dinka to chair the committees as if those from the other 63 tribes have no brain. What did Wani Igga think about this tribal selection where Kiir puts his drunkard tribesmen in charge? Look, he demoted foreign minister Dr. Barnaba Marial and put ex-minister Nhial Deng Nhial as his boss.

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      • 27 November 2013 11:13, by Bentiu son

        Dinka Dominated corruption n tribalism in the RSS, what a lie idiots n gluttonous Community whose became fattest due to Greater Upper Nile’s oil money.You poorly quoted Rek Dinka of Warap as strong negotiators,where is 14 Miles of N BEG State,Panthou of Unity State n Abyei Referendum under incompetent Salva Kiir painful government? IN River Nile right? All those cowards Dinkas Kiir appointed as to

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        • 27 November 2013 11:25, by Bentiu son

          build n consolidate his leadership n Dinka Kingdom won’t yell any fruit at all.the weak negotiator Nhial Deng Nhial was tested when he was former Regional Cooperation Minister,defense Minister n RSS Minster of foreign Affairs but nothing he had achieved so far in South Sudan under his ministerial post.Dinkas are shameless n selfish community in RSS becoz they are termed as ’’Akul Baraaw tribe’’

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    • 27 November 2013 14:22, by Mapuor

      Gaar
      Dinkas of Bhar El Gazal liberated you,when you surrendered to Arabs in 1983 under the command of late Gai Tut,Abdalla Choul Deng and Gordon Kong, SPLA became a preserve of Dinka Bhar El Gazal.When exactly did Nuer fight for South Sudan and under which organization??,SSIM.SSIM capitulated after 1991 declaration.hahahah yaa salaam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 27 November 2013 05:31, by Simon Peter Wal

    If Nhial failed to steer the country’s foreign relations when he was the top diplomat how will he manage to head the most complexing case in the region?..I doubt that Nhial will achieve anything being our chief negotiator.

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  • 27 November 2013 05:34, by Chol A.

    It because some othet tribes like Nuer use to have different agendas even they have given post. So it better to leave them out they should judge themselves.

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    • 27 November 2013 06:24, by Naath

      Those who are appointed by confuse tribal leader was there during 1991, , Thisis not new, South sudanese are ready to o make a hole in your head very soon. Kiir will never be forgive at all.i know killing criminal is to easy, no investigation. Criminal garang gone, kiir most follow

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  • 27 November 2013 06:06, by Akoch A. Magardit

    The appointment for Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial is indeed a wise one. He has all the knowledge, passion and integrity to represent South Sudan. Actually, Nhial and late Dr. Justin Yac were the force behind the CPA negotiation and it was successfully achieved. I strongly belief he will achieve this task as well.Panthou case was beyond the capacity of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and we all know that

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    • 27 November 2013 17:09, by Naath

      Akoch you don’t know what you are talking about, nhial and criminal justin yac at that time they are working hard for their own lives, and they are tribalist rubbish people who their own aims to divided the people of South. This is the right time to show you how the government work democratically and in a good vision. I just want you to know that those two never achieve any negotiations with enemi

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  • 27 November 2013 06:18, by Gat-khir

    Waw!!, what will they really achieve? The leaders of the teams are all from one tribe. Shame!!!!,..

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    • 27 November 2013 07:15, by Malakal county Simon

      Very regrettable to see a country president becoming a tribal leader, and encouraging tribalism in the country for self-interest to cling to power. I believe many other tribes now regret, why they voted for the separation. Big shames indeed!!!!

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      • 27 November 2013 07:26, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        There is nothing tribal about this sir, they are the very people who negotiate CPA, they are difficult to be fool by Arab, they are with Dinka Bor who are known for intelligence, did you ever heard Dinka Bor being fooled? No Garang, Kuol, Kiir and Nhial who his Dad was murdered by Arba are more intelligent than anybody in SPLAM, becoz Arab tried to buy them before but they didn’t defected,

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        • 27 November 2013 11:38, by Bentiu son

          DD SHIT, Do you know Where n Why late Wiliam Deng was killed by Arabs in 1965? William Deng Nhial joint the Anya Anya One n later defected where he hoped to get good post during Sadig 1 regime than he was Killed by Joseph Garang in his collaboration with Arabs.Sadig used big Dinka traitor known as Abel Akot from his foolish majority of Dinka BEG mercilessly.Thanks God the Anya Anya Two founder lat

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          • 27 November 2013 11:47, by Bentiu son

            Benson Kuany Latjor killed him in Akoba in 1975. After the announcement of late William Deng Nhial Nuer gathered and attacked the Arabs in Khartoum which led into more deaths in both sides.The warrior Nuer after heavy fighting with Arabs led Southerners till they reached Upper Nile Region marching n fighting a long way.If anyone doubt about this, than ask your elderly uncles to tell u more

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            • 27 November 2013 13:04, by Bentiu son

              Whereabouts! late William Deng Nhial was ambushed n Killed between Khartoum - Omdurman Bridge at night by Sudan soldiers led by traitor Abel Akot. After they murdered him they took his dead body n dumped it on Garenti Bridge located between Wau and Tonyz district at de time n falsely claimed that Anya Anya One elements in Bahr El Ghazal led by his own Dinka tribal men deadly ambushed him.

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  • 27 November 2013 07:36, by Akuma

    No Change again now as Nhial Deng become the head of negotiation delegation, because he has no that ideas of developing strong country diplomacy.
    Dr. Akuma,
    Chicago, USA

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    • 27 November 2013 09:58, by Son of Upper Nile

      Now the president is telling our citizens that he is a president of his tribe only, trust his tribe only & work with his tribe & others like Wani, Jema Nunu & Martin Elia who accept to be his tribe yes men & women. If Strong man like Pagan Amum who achieved many for us during negotiations & was an obstacle for Jalaba is sidelined only because he is not from his tribe. Now Jalaba start celebrating

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  • 27 November 2013 16:56, by Kim Deng

    Kimdoms come in all reigns, but RSS [the Dinka Kingdom) is differ from all since it reigns through autocracy rule. The Dinka empire tribalist nature has been confirmed since its inception in 1983. Gross human rights violations were committed by late King, Garang’s forces against a number of ethnic groups in South Sudan, which included massacres. In early 1980s, Garang’s SPLA forces conducted...

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  • 27 November 2013 16:57, by Kim Deng

    massacre against Gajaak sub-clan of Eastern Jikany Nuer simply because they were believed to side with Samuel Gai Tut’s group of Anya-Nya II. Many lives were lost especially women and children while destroyed almost all the villages along the Baro/Sobat River completely. Some people may wonder why Col. Gatluak Gai got killed while in the middle of peace processes to re-join the rising-Kingdom.

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  • 27 November 2013 16:58, by Kim Deng

    Col. Gatluak’s death is not a big surprise to those who know the motive behind this Kingdom. The Dinka Empire has been using the SPLM party and SPLA as tools to pursue interest(s) of one ethnic group (the Dinka) at the expenses of others in the South.

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  • 27 November 2013 16:59, by Kim Deng

    The Nuer (the only threat to Dinka Kingdom in the South) patience for their unquestionable love to the mother land (South Sudan) gave Dinka all the opportunity they needed to expand their power in the South. The more wealth and powerful the Dinka become, the more able they are to further expand their empire. Such, we have seen that the Dinka Kingdom has been using the SPLA not only to...

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  • 27 November 2013 17:00, by Kim Deng

    eliminate Nuer leaders, but also to destroy/reverse Nuer History [Nuer Conquest/Expansion-Nuer resistance against colonial rule.] By 2016, the non-Dinka tribes across Dinka Kingdom especially the Nuer who never surrender to any colonial or Kingship will be subdue to the maximum.

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    • 27 November 2013 21:12, by Peacocktail

      Right Move Gen. Salvas Kiir Monydit, Nhial Deng Nhial hopeful should be much engage in national affairs including Gen. Manyang juuk who shall give damn to Arabs. I welcome our New Comittee to works hards to avoid repeated mistakes of fast for Arabs fooling South Sudanese.. they very deligent men and women of this great nation... Save our Country and we shall defend on you dear leaders.

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  • 27 November 2013 23:16, by SouthSudaneseviews

    “The fact that all the four heads of committees appointed by the president, to represent a country of 64 ethnic groups come from the same ethnic group, was a clear manifestation that Kiir was insensitive about fighting tribalism,” the MP told Sudan Tribune in an interview on Monday. This message is correct: Kuol, Makuei & Mac Paul killing people in chilly cold-blood way are from Dinka Bor/Bor C.

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  • 27 November 2013 23:28, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Please every Dinka communities are being involved in these tribalism issue in South Sudan. There are certain communities of Dinka who are not involved here. South Sudan government is in problem because of some sub-tribes are in power wrongly. These sub-tribes are known for stealing, looting, corruption, violent, etc.

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  • 29 November 2013 19:12, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Please not every Dinka communities are being involved in these tribalism issue in South Sudan. There are certain communities of Dinka who are not involved here. South Sudan government is in problem because of some sub-tribes are in power wrongly. These sub-tribes are known for stealing, looting, corruption, violent, etc.

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