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South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a news conference in Uganda's capital Kampala January 26, 2016 (Reuters photo)

March 11, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan president, Salva Kiir said rebel leader Riek Machar would only participate in the national dialogue when he denounces violence.

“How do you dialogue with someone who prefers war than peace, who sees war as an option to dialogue, unity, forgiveness and peaceful coexistence”, asked Kiir.

The South Sudanese made these remarks on Saturday while reacting to a query on whether his pardoning of political opponents, some of whom have been in detention, would extend to those carrying arms and have continued to wage war in the country.

According to Kiir, some contentious issues in the peace accord have been overcome because of the "good working relations" with First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai.

“Some of things that we could not resolve and find a way forward have now been resolved. The issue of states has been resolved. The people were talking that we created more states but it became clear that even after we created more states, people continued to ask for more. To resolve this, we decided to create some states," stressed the South Sudanese leader.

He added, "Now we have more states and the SPLM-IO have some states to run them according to the provision of the peace agreement. So issues of states and the question relating to power sharing have been addressed and there is no problem".

Kiir said the newly-appointed state governors already started work in their regions.

"They have taken oath already and are now in their places”, he explained.

The South Sudanese leader emphasized that he has no personal problem with his former deputy-turned rebel leader, but claimed the latter desires violent means.

“People think I have a personal problem with him [Machar], but this is not true. I have no personal problem with him. He is a South Sudanese like anybody. The problem he has is not with me, but with the way he does his own things. He likes violence. If he denounces violence now, then he is welcome to the country. If he does it now, stop preferring war now, we will talk to him”, stressed Kiir.

Kiir made these remarks while meeting members of the Dinka council of elders who visited him to congratulate him on Friday’s national prayer day.

President Salva Kiir announced the national dialogue initiative in December last year and members of its steering committee are scheduled to be sworn in this month.

However, the armed opposition leader criticized the dialogue initiative, saying the process will never succeed unless peace and stability is restored in the young nation.

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  • 12 March 01:31, by Malakal county Simon

    If unwanted salva Kiir is truly repented, he must first denounce dictatorship style and apologize to Nuer, others tribes for what he did in first place was wrong...... charity start with him and not others because he is the problematic, causative to this senseless war we are in today !!!!!!

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    • 12 March 03:11, by john akeen

      Malakal county Simon.
      Let me ask you 2 Q, what are you really talking about? secondly who gave you access to the media to speak nonsense? If Reik Machar really love his country and his peoples, he should denounce violence immediately to end the suffering and starvation of the people of his country.(Yes) you can say P Kiir is the one who created this war for firing Reik and the others>>>>>>

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      • 12 March 03:47, by john akeen

        if they were angry about president Kiir move, then they shouldn’t get public’s involve into their anger, they should take it politically way and diplomatically way and smart way to the world saying that, what president Kiir did is against the law and against the constitution. there is something call tactful or tact that they were suppose to try first before they hurt peoples>>>

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        • 12 March 04:50, by john akeen

          Reik and those who got fired from their positions by president Kiir, those people in south sudan they act like they are the most educated people in south sudan when they are in south sudan, to me I don’t thank this peoples know whats call a politic man is, a politic man that I can say is a political man in south sudan is Onyoti Adigo who talks but never run and never kill

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          • 12 March 09:24, by jubaone

            John Akeen,
            Please try "thokjienge" instead of writing nonsense that is only understood by you. You know what? Go to an English school to get your language skills refreshed, or if not just go to Gok or East Lakes state and become a minister. That is where your type get accomodated. You need good English language to master computer skills, ya aryan MTN. Or try looking after cows at best.

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            • 12 March 13:19, by South South

              Jubaone,

              You talk about Equatoria like a civilize place in South Sudan. This is an area where you will find 20 to 30 naked men running after a very tiny rat to kill for food. This is a place where some people own rats, snakes, monkeys and dogs as the main sources of food. I do believe your tribe is one of them and that why you never mentioned your tribe here. You hide under Equatoria.

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              • 12 March 15:00, by jubaone

                South South,
                Is that the reason why half of you jienges have flocked to Equatoria? If we eat rats, monkeys dogs or whatever shit you mention, we want to be left alone. Just pack your jienge shit together and go suck your cows. Is that difficult? Without Equatoria, you are just worthless like your cows, no value. Show me your luak and I will show you my tukul, ya aryan jienge.

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              • 12 March 15:06, by jubaone

                South South,
                That is the fundamental difference you and me. You think "tribal" I think "regional". We in Equatoria are already a nation at least coexisting peacefully with each other. You jienges are just one tribe and terribly divided among yourselves. That is why many have come to squatter and idle around begging, stealing chicken and goats in Equatoria. Just lazy fools.

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                • 12 March 17:23, by South South

                  Jubaone,

                  You make me laugh. You know from your education that to have a community you must have families first. Community is a group of families. You are on the records of attacking people’s education in this forum. Anyone with good education will never do that. Any stupid of the stupidest can hold PHD today and it means nothing. You can hide your tribe, that’s ok because you feel shame.

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        • 12 March 04:52, by Kuch

          Mr. Akeen, let the idiot (Malakal country Simon) continues to chirp like bird. That is how they always behave anyway. They were asking for a war with their Jaangs/Dinkas even before our independence. And Yes, their Riek Machar that they worship as their Ngundeng Biong re-incarnates yet again repeated his 1991 game in 2013 to take power by force>>>

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          • 12 March 05:22, by Kuch

            but when their Riek Machar and his aimless followers were tackled head-on, then as always, they resorted to their usual Jaangs/Dinkas to blame. Some of our Nuers cousins do not know their Riek Machar is a menace to them, South Sudanese people and even our own region and other regions. Some of our Nuers and our Equatorians are letting themselves>>>

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            • 12 March 06:31, by Kuch

              being used by the CIA, MI6, the UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus and some of their criminals in between.

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            • 12 March 09:16, by jubaone

              Kuch,
              Such losers like you often seek excuses like Riak is so and so...bla..bla jienge bullshit. Go help your master Kiir realize your pieces of peace. You are paranoid accusing Equatorians for this and Nuers for that. You jienges have all the stolen monies and yet are unable to bring positive changes, except chaos, anarchy and idiocy. Just typical losers. Even 1000 yrs to come, you will do nothin

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          • 12 March 05:23, by Malakal county Simon

            Kush/slave

            Your comment demonstrated as your being subjective rather than being objective to the fact we are discussing here. Secondly, Calling someone you don’t know classified yourself as stupidest and weak!!!! Please don’t overjoys the war imposes by your tribal leader (Unwanted Salva Kiir against South Sudanese people’s, is not over yet prepared for another decade until he Salva resign)

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            • 12 March 05:27, by Malakal county Simon

              corrections;

              Your comment demonstrated as your being subjective rather than being objective to the fact we are discussing here. Secondly, Calling someone you don’t know an idiot, classified yourself as stupidest and weak!!!! Please don’t overjoys the war imposed by your tribal leader (Unwanted Salva Kiir against South Sudanese people’s, is not over yet prepared for another decade)

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            • 12 March 05:47, by Kush Natives

              Malakal county Simon,
              I didn’t comment under your post, open your eyes well, although lying too much making or blocking your eyes from seeing thing correctly! The ones that comment on yours is Mr. Kuch not Kush! But, I have got 1 quick Q for you. Why are you depending the dead man, Riek Machar?

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            • 12 March 05:58, by Kush Natives

              If Nuer tribe run out of the visionary leaders completely, then let other tribes run the show! Nothing to argue about it, it’s logic and simple fact. How long will you guys proof it? We have been waiting since 1947 from you guys to bring us a good quality of leadership so that we move this country forward. But,You keeps repeating the same mistake.
              Thanks,

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        • 12 March 04:57, by Malakal county Simon

          John Akeen

          I think you clearly failed to analysis what I’m trying to communicate here. Maybe was try to said if salva kiir did not started killings innocent Nuer civilians who have nothing with Dr Machar political ambitious, may we wont be here today.... This is whole am trying to point-out!!!! Put it in your thick brain today that’s this fight is never about Dr Machar being fired,

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          • 12 March 05:07, by Malakal county Simon

            cont...

            because if it was about that, the fight could have started in July during unusual reshuffles (2013). So this lead me to a question I want to ask you; So If unwanted Salva kiir repented yesterday as he claim, he is going to resign, apologise to Nuer and other tribes for his man-made war in South Sudan?? I will leave that’s question to you and please sincere and honest......

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          • 12 March 15:38, by nuer food lovers

            KIIR is the most stupid guy around the world with his thick minded Barh El gazal..

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    • 12 March 08:15, by jengelon

      Malakal Coumty
      True not true we don’t know about that but Kiir apologized & repented in public this doesn’t mean he has to abandon his duties as president & what about you? Bra Repent Now & stop talking another bulshits let us go back to early days of 2011 the time we were called Junobein & call your Boss Machar to repent too & come back home we to Restart the building our beloved South Sudan

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      • 12 March 08:38, by john akeen

        Thank you Mr. Jengelon
        I wish Mr. Malakal understand what you have told him

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      • 12 March 09:11, by jubaone

        Jengelon,
        As your name suggests, you are really a "jienge" natural born, adopted or bastardized. You just cant call someone after such terrible acts of attempted murder, lying about fake coups have been made. Dr. Riak should just ignore that and Kiir must first apologize to him b4 seeking forgiveness. Maybe jengelon, you should come to Juba and help your master Kiir with sane ideas. He just sucks.

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      • 12 March 11:05, by Malakal county Simon

        What type of duties specifically you’re talking about if i may ask you????

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      • 12 March 16:47, by anyanya1

        Gengelon,
        You p kiir is 😈 in ss that way he enjoyed killing innocent people south Sudanese are not expecting him to do good things. He called his last prayer if he is joking with GOD.

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      • 13 March 01:05, by Nyesi Ta

        The stupid tribal president called Kiir Al Awiir started the war that jamp started the disintegration of South Sudan. For now South Sudan will never witness peace any time soon if a just and meaningful process of dialogue that leads to a real solutions to peace is not sought. We should all remember the real war is yet to begin. It is only through war that stupit Kiir will learn learn lesson.

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    • 13 March 08:25, by Midit Mitot

      You are very right Malakal,
      Let this unwanted president denounced and apologized to South Sudanese first, he was the causative of this human suffering in the country.

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  • 12 March 06:50, by Lou Nuer The Great

    what violence is he going to denounce rather than kiir ya stupid akeen Machar is peaceful,democrat and assertive person but kiir is illiterate dictators that will denounce violence if not SPLA IO will entered Warrap

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    • 12 March 08:28, by john akeen

      Malarial and Lou Nuer
      you have called me stupid right, but all I can tell both of you is that you need to purper yourself for an additional questions from smart people’s and you better answer all of they’re questions correct, but all I can tell you is that Reik Machar need to denounce violence or els he will never see south sudan again only in the TV, and president Kiir his not going anywhere>>>>

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      • 12 March 08:30, by john akeen

        until peace come to the people’s of south sudan. thanks

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        • 12 March 08:53, by koang mi kei

          Kiir word show is stupidity since he announced the so call national dialogue did he need any one from IO what come to his mind and come out and say this?Let him go ahead with national dialogue and we shall see where are they going while the whole country is in fire in every corner

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  • 12 March 10:41, by Philosopherking

    The question is not if Kiir pardons Riek or not... its whether the people of South Sudanese trust the despot called Kirr. Riek doesn’t need Kirr’s perdón, he has shown his commitment to resolving the issues through peaceful means. Kiir lured him to just with only 1000 soldier and limited weapons, only for kirr to attempt to asesinato him! Kiir needs to stop thinking perdón can only come from him!

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  • 12 March 16:30, by anyanya1

    What I know from these gvmnt is that they want this country to experience the high level of killing,rapping,corruption and many bad things because they don’t want to about truth, they know it but deny it why,because they like it these way,that’s good they think these will not reach them. Good luck

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  • 12 March 16:32, by anyanya1

    What I know from these gvmnt is that they want this country to experience the high level of killing,rapping,corruption and many bad things because they don’t want to about truth, they know it but deny it why,because they like it these way,that’s good they think these will not reach them. Good luck

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  • 12 March 16:58, by Fair Man

    Philosopherking
    The stupid Dinka like Kush Natives, Kuch, South Sudan, Dinka-Defender General, will never be honest. They stupidly think that they can lie and people will listen to them. No coup in 2013, but when Anyoors failed to kill Riek, they said it was a coup. In 2016, suicide, Kiir and Riek would be dead now, but they calculated its dangers and said it was a second coup. Stupid luak boys!

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    • 12 March 17:15, by jubaone

      Fair Man,
      Somebody told me that "the honest jienge is the dead one". That is plain truth. Whatevr the jienge says is nothing other than lies and crap. See, Kiir says one thing and does the other.

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      • 12 March 22:06, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Jubaone, Fair Man, and other internet warriors or thugs. Are you guys awake from drinking, eating rats, monkeys, sleeping, and laziness mindsets. You should go back and drink some more beers to calm you down. Let me tell you the truth. The more you rebel against Dinkas and defected. The more Dinkas will occupy your areas and more recruitment to replace you position. You are not thinking right.

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        • 12 March 22:12, by Dinka-Defender-General

          Continue...P. Kiir, Machar and his supporters should not be given "pardon." Moreover, how many times are you going to "pardon" Machar and his murderers. You are mess up the country with your kindness and pardon even to criminals. Why would you forgive criminals? They will never learn from their mistakes if you keep forgiving them. They should be discharge from armies or public offices.

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          • 13 March 05:45, by jubaone

            Jienge or Mbororo General,
            Bla...bla jienge goat, have you any whistle? Yes, yes my Equarorian master I got one. It looks like a Buluk police whistle we in Juba call "abu sufara". These uncircumcissed scoundrels with HIV/AIDS are out to rape and spread their diseases. WARNING: Keep away from jienges or abu sufaras.

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    • 13 March 05:10, by Kush Natives

      Mr. Fair Man,
      You called me and my colleagues as you mentioned their names as stupid and LUAK boys? Well, in the case of "LUAK" I have no an ideals of what will be your ancestors history might be. Yes, I was born in LUAK, grew up in LUAK and now in office in Juba. I have nothing to lose here sir! LUAK can teach you how to rules, rather then coming out from the "forest" LUAK OYEE!

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  • 12 March 17:37, by Fair Man

    Jubaone
    Regardless of their hypocritic prayers, we will continue with all reforms that involve both barrels and talks. Depending on which one they will choose. With coming of our brothers from Murle, and Fertit, we will soon neutralize these JCE thugs. Let them wait and their stupid hears get it rightly. Civilians who are hungry should stop pointing fingers at Relief Agencies. Go to JCE in J1!!

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    • 12 March 21:54, by john akeen

      Malakal. Jubaone. Nuer food. Anyanya1. Lou Nuer. Koang Mi. Philosopherking, that its an a stupid name anyways, and Fair Man. president Salva Kiir Mayardit his not going to resign for you Rebels, so my question to all of you is that, what do you really want? because if you’re thinking about president Kiir to leave his office for you that’s means you don’t know what you want>>>

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      • 12 March 22:38, by john akeen

        every person in this world knows that you Animals want to take power from president Kiir by force, and the hall world knows that you’re trying to twist things around saying that you have problem with Dinka, anyways you will be an Housekeeper and landscaping for SSudanese people

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    • 12 March 22:23, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Fair Man, you should ask Machar and his White Armies before you bragging about fighting. Furthermore, wait for the summer and you will be surprised. You should get ready if you want to fight. However, I don’t recommend fighting for South Sudan armies to kill one another over peace process as you suggested. I believe you never fire a gun or face opposite soldiers in battle field. Just think..

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  • 13 March 17:54, by garrak1520

    Mr.Kiir did forget that a dialogue is between different groups (opposing groups). You cannot achieve peace when you pick and choose. Again, you accepted failure therefore leave the power and go should you want atrocity, hunger and havoc to cease. Have the courage of doing so and you will see the respect that South Sudan and the world will give you.

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