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June 8, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir will not attend regional bloc’s (IGAD) extraordinary summit due in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on Monday, his office announced on Thursday.

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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (L), South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (C) and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta in Juba, December 26, 2013 (AP)

The summit, to be attended by IGAD heads of state and government, is expected to discuss the dire security and humanitarian situation facing South Sudan and the obstacles to the implementation of the peace agreement signed in August, 2015.

An official at the office of the South Sudanese presidency confirmed Kiir’s absence.

“He [Kiir] will not attend the IGAD summit. The president has already sent a letter of apology through the minister in his office,” said the spokesperson for South Sudan presidency, Ateny Wek Ateny.

“There are no reasons, but the president is attending to other things here in South Sudan. The team that will represent the president has not yet been formed,” he added.

Ateny said the South Sudanese leader had other commitments in the war-torn nation, adding that government was implementing the 2015 peace accord.

Several military and government officials attributed Kiir’s change of mind to advice from security and the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE), who reportedly think regional leaders may force Kiir to make concessions in favour of armed opposition forces.

Others claim the main reason for the president’s absence stems from fears that he could be blocked from returning to the country since the army is divided after he sacked the army chief of general staff, Paul Malong Awan from his post in May.

There are also concerns from the leadership on why the summit was called at the time when the armed opposition forces have stepped up their activities in the region.

The summit is among others, expected to help find amicable remedies to the dire security and humanitarian situation in South Sudan.

The extraordinary summit was called by the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, who is also the current chairperson of the regional bloc.

Desalegn said the implementation of South Sudan’s 2015 peace deal was lagging behind and fighting still rages on, despite declaration of a unilateral ceasefire and the recent launch by the recent launch of the national dialogue.

South Sudan descended into civil war after President Kiir fired Riek Machar as vice president in 2013. A peace deal signed in 2015 is yet to be fully implemented.

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  • 8 June 20:02, by lino

    Hahaha!!! Is it a trap to isolate Gen. Kiir as well???!!! Many leaders need to be locked up away from South Sudan land so change can happened. Locking up one amigo is meaningless!!!
    He will send Taban, but I hope he will get lock up too.

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    • 9 June 10:24, by Midit Mitot

      Shit! Mathiang Anyoor president had already smell a rate, not to attend the submit, the only thing that has left now is to take french leave on his seat/position.

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    • 9 June 10:54, by Mi diit

      This is what happens when the fear of Malong proceeds the fear of getting suction and loosing the talk.
      Malong is a threat inside and Dr. Riek Machar is a threat in the other hand😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅
      Laughter is killing me 😅😅
      Wouc wico k? Wouc weco, ci lac lo thony Gatluak Manguel

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      • 9 June 11:00, by Mookachaar Jieng

        Sultan your time is over please the seat to the owner

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    • 9 June 12:51, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Why the president is refused to attend the great Summit?
      because there is accountability in that Summit definitely.
      The president must be there immediately.

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      • 9 June 12:53, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        South Sudan is very regret if why their president I’d refused to attend.

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    • 9 June 15:51, by King of Nyamlel

      Time for Kiir is gone. He will be replaced by Machar or Malong by force or magic. Down, down Kiir Mayardit

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  • 8 June 20:30, by Eastern

    Kiir should just be sidelined....deal directly with the affected masses.....

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    • 8 June 21:16, by jubaone

      Eastern,
      2 things: 1: Kiirminal fears that a coup will occur in his absence, or he´s afraid he has nothing to tell the IGAD. Whichever way, that plays well into the hands of the SPLA-IO (Riak). Taban cant go, then he cant be replacement for kiirminal.
      2: IGAD will now make direct contacts with Riak, ensure that RPF are deployed and gets him back to Juba, and Kiirminal is done, game over, Bye

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      • 8 June 22:06, by Eastern

        jubaone,

        The other problem is set of South Sudanese who are undecided about what to do; these are a dangerous lot of people! One time durng the ARCISS negotiations, Kiir did the same untill he had to change his mind at the 11th hour. You will see Kiir jetting out to Entebbe for guidance soon!!!!!

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      • 8 June 23:12, by Mr Point

        Jubaone
        You are right. Kier is afraid of a coup if he leaves South Sudan. He is afraid to discuss the dire security and humanitarian situation facing South Sudan. The country is in a mess because of the war Kiir started with his fake coup and attempt to murder his VP. The question is: what does it take to stop Kiir fearing a coup so the country can be properly governed?

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      • 9 June 03:59, by South South

        Internet rebels are talking nonsense. Guessing is the only thing they are good at. Enjoy DIASPORA.

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        • 9 June 06:09, by jubaone

          South South,
          Intelligent people put their assessments for readers to judge while jienge idiots like you just lament cos you have none in your brains. Full-size fool.

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          • 9 June 07:22, by South South

            jubaone,

            I question your education everyday. What you said yesterday about imposing Bari language to non-Bari in Juba make me think that you have very poor education. Language can not be imposed on anyone in the world. Language imposes itself. Bari community is uneducated, low income, they abandons their own language and speak Arabic Juba.

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            • 9 June 08:10, by jubaone

              South South,
              Other reasonable SS Readers here are commenting on the subject, but the retarded jienge is putting forth issues completely irrelevant to the subject. I cant help you here. You stay in your own messed up jienge life as a fool. The rest will continue to give their arguments for or against the kiirminal.

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              • 9 June 10:51, by South South

                jubaone,

                The only person in this forum who changes subjects and insult tribes of South Sudan is you, but now we know your poor tribe which lost everything including their own language. You are running away from them. You insult other tribes in South Sudan, your own tribe which is low income, poor and unorganized will get it very hard too.

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                • 9 June 11:53, by jubaone

                  South South,
                  Just stick to the subject like other reasonable Junubin are doing on the net, is that difficult? Are you jienges notoriuosly foolish or what? i shall keep hammering your dull jienge brains until you turn resonable like a Bari, if you wish, then I shall stop, As for now, you need intellectual beating. Why did you go to school anyway?

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                  • 9 June 12:32, by South South

                    jubaone,

                    Hum! who want to be Bari? This is a very small community which lost everything. Why should a good person want to associate himself/herself with a community which has nothing? Come and see other tribes in SS, their children still speak their own languages except Bari children, only broken Arabic called Arabic Juba is their language right now. Very loose community.

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                    • 9 June 13:16, by jubaone

                      South South,
                      How you easily forget like a chicken. You have been bragging so much about Juba forgetting your jienge roots from Abyei. Everyone on the net knows how you have written about Juba. Now the Baris have made a nice place for you and you are not thankful ya Aryan Jienge. Don’t you have a word for thank you in thokjienge? In Bari- Tinate. Lesson I for jienge dummies.

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                      • 9 June 15:47, by South South

                        jubaone,

                        Iam so glad to see you avoiding to speak about your tribe you always describe as a great community. I never mentioned Juba in anyway as a bad city. Juba, Wau, Bor, Aweil, Malakal, Tonj, Bentu, Gogrial, Rumbek and the rest of our towns and cities are belong to South Sudan, any tribe can live in these places. Dumb and stupid man is running away from his loose tribe.

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                        • 9 June 17:32, by jubaone

                          South South,
                          Everybody has read my comments about my tribe Bar except the dull jienge who reads between the lines. I understand why you fake your BA degree to the point education really first change you. That is why people say" a jienge is always a jienge even if he’s been to USA".

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                          • 9 June 17:47, by South South

                            jubaone,

                            Dinka tribe can not be compared with Bari. Empty tribe like yours is laughable in everything. Stupid people like you will say things that do not make any sense. Try to do something to Bari to learn to speak Bari again instead of Arabic Juba.

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                • 9 June 20:37, by The Rhino

                  South South,
                  or a.k.a South Sudan or the forkteeth-scarfaced fucking Jieng idiot-the moron, let me tell you this,comrade Jubaone is absolutely right to shit on your face,why- bcos your savagery is taking place in his(Jubaones’s) compound.Now, have you ever asked yourself a question, what would I (South South)do if Jubaone comes to my Gogriel-,Kuajok, Aweil-swamps and loot,rape murder my innocent..

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                  • 9 June 20:50, by The Rhino

                    ..people?.Im sure you Jieng filth is too far from that reasoning.Your Kiirminal El Awiir is on his way down,thats why he avoids every risk.Its just a matter of time to send him and his affiliates to where they belong—Hell !!!

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                  • 9 June 20:50, by jubaone

                    South South,
                    If you such a learned jienge can be so hopeless what should we say about that luakjieng savage? Disgusting. This time around, we shall NOT tolerated jienge filth and dirt in Juba or in Equatoria at large. Thank Equatoria and Bari that you can get food and refuge from your jienge savages. Tell me your town if you have any ya MTN.

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                  • 9 June 20:53, by The Rhino

                    ..people?.Im sure you Jieng filth are too far from that reasoning.Your Kiirminal El Awiir is on his way down,thats why he avoids every risk.Its just a matter of time to send him and his affiliates to where they belong—Hell !!!

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            • 9 June 08:55, by Malakal county Simon

              Jubaone

              This lunatic new guy called South South, sees every critics of unwanted president Kiir as a rebels without any compelling reasons...... He is here to defends unwanted president Kiir failed leadership, by jumping everywhere without contemplates first or looking at the issues thoughtfully...... He Act before he think, that’s 1 problem I have observed about him for the last few months....

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              • 9 June 10:46, by South South

                Malakal county Simon,

                You are dumb of the dumbest, I will not waste my time with you wicked.

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                • 9 June 11:22, by anyanya1

                  @south Sudan;
                  Malakal county Simon has pointed out ur real anus wasn’t he? You stink dog.

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                  • 9 June 11:42, by South South

                    anyanya1,

                    You are another monkey eater, shut up and clean your dirty ass.

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                • 9 June 11:51, by Malakal county Simon

                  South South/slave

                  You’re too emotional/frustrated and only good at insulting...... You cant express yourself clearly, and that’s’ defined who you are "Icon of dumbest in the world".... You’re a good example of a blind follow another blind, based on tribal line......

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                  • 9 June 12:04, by Malakal county Simon

                    cont...

                    Please sit-back listen to understands when people’s criticises kiir failed leadership, he is not because he is a Dinka where you were hails from, but for better change of South Sudan now and forever in the future.... Used to be Kiir staunch supporter but had a change of mine, due to his unwillingness against the peace in the country.. We want peace and we want Kiir out.. that’s all..

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  • 8 June 20:44, by Raga State

    Salva kiir is the main obstacles to peace in south Sudan.
    Instead of going to attain the IGAD head of summits in Ethiopia to bring lasting peace no. But he wants our suffering continue. It is clear that he wants us to continue to suffer .Oh God save your people.

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  • 8 June 21:27, by garrak1520

    Is Mr.kiir a leader or a follower? He well knows the outcome of the meeting, back to 2015 agreement. If Mr.Kiir thinks that Jinks are in charge, he needs to convey it clearly to the people of South Sudan so they know. This is a big shame from a guy who refused to resign knowing he is not at the level.

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    • 8 June 23:56, by Eyez

      Kiir is politically bankrupt, can’t express himself fluently in both English and Arabic and is a JCE pawn. This man is stupid beyond any comprehension. It is time the bug stops with him, Southerners are tired of war and violence.

      People have to unite regardless of their tribal affiliation, because, it’s evident that everyone is suffering and struggling to put food on the table.
      IGAD must act now.

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  • 9 June 05:56, by Ranmediit

    Unless Kiir is fearing for Malong and JCE to coup also he is fearing to face head of states where they’re going to challenges for destroy the country
    So it’s good chances the head of states to learn that his government are not worry about dire situation that facing the entire Country. The famines affected even his home town where all women and boys are along streets for looking remain foods.
    H.

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  • 9 June 06:06, by Sunday Junup

    Kiir never feel ashamed to wait for a pressure from IGAD. Jieng Council of Evil has spoken now the ball is to IGAD. No money for N.football team, lecturers, judges and civil servants but there is money for bribery! IGAD has to know this.

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  • 9 June 06:15, by Ranmediit

    H.E.Dr,Dhorgon and Vice Chairman of IO go head to isolate Killer Kiir and his regime from to miss use the country efforts to Kill their own people and with Hunger. Now international Community and IGAD,AU,has learning that Juba is used huge Money to buy weapons and they are not care about the suffering of South Sudanese in IDP Camps and those who are in refugees
    Camps.

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    • 9 June 08:23, by Wills

      We can’t allow traitors Riek to rule this country... You IOs first to denounce violence and seek peaceful meant to power otherwise; by sword Dinka will rule this country for centuries my dears.

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      • 9 June 11:04, by Sunday Junup

        Wills,

        Dinka knows only bribery and killing of Innocent children, elderly and woman. Where are 15,000 Anyor trained for December 15 Nuer Massacre? Gatdet Control Bor Town, Koang Chuol in Bentiu and Gathoth Gatkuoth in Malakal until you hired UPDF,Toroboro (JEM) and SPLA _N to fight for your behalf. You run to cause problems in Yambio and Nimule

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        • 9 June 14:16, by Wills

          Junup
          You are just small stooges fighting on internet and does’t bother men. All organizations you have falsely mentioned never participate in areas mentioned, except UDF in Bor-Juba roads. Malakal and Bentiu where purely liberated by Mathiang Any or and great Padang warriors, & if am wrong then ask Gathoth Gatkuoth for why did forces not reached Paloch as it was OIs prime target? anyway,by gone i

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  • 9 June 07:49, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Implement the whole peace agreement as signed in 2015, in order the peace to come and perch in South Sudan. But if the government continues to play monkey tricks in the manner they kill the SPLM/IO members and exclude its leaders from national dialogue then the country will continue to be unsafe, unmanageable and in state of anarchy. Those who have ears must these words.

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  • 9 June 08:02, by Theallseeingeye

    @Sudantribune
    I think this article should starts like this: Instead of taking his bold head to where rational and well educated individuals from across the region converge to tap there brains in order to seek and come out with genuine solution to South Sudan’s crises. South Sudanese President Kiir unilaterally has chosen to remain back home to preach his loose "National Dialog"...............

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    • 9 June 10:01, by Redeemer

      Losers are celebrating something impossible to happen. Riek was parked because no one need him. Even retarded Bashir rejected him. For the first time in history for a leader to rejected by his spy chief and briefcase holder (Finance Trutee ) and still call himself a leader

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  • 9 June 16:52, by john steven N

    the Kir had been convinced by his brother MUSEBEENI of Uganda and i therefore want to alert the international community to take a firm look on kir’s refusal of the resumption of the 2015 peace agreement signed by both sides of the conflict.

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  • 9 June 17:44, by Bunsen Burner

    Condolence to the families of the few and true civilians who died in the cross fire, may their soul rest in peace. But for the Mad Anyor and their cohorts who have been on a killing spree in all non Dinka regions, the storm is coming and everything will be sorted out. If anyone is an advocate of monologue declared by Kirr Al Awir, let him or her shut up.

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  • 10 June 12:28, by adhelayoor

    So, amidst the need to dialogue on the profoundly needed peace and reconciliation, rebels and their allies continue to do the ’hit and run’ tactics! Now, what next Mr. president! Your only Nimule-Juba road has become a field to shed blood every each day! Are you not being exploited innocently? do you trust the system around you? does the system need to bring the security needed at the moment???

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