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German FM calls for inclusion of opposition in S. Sudan dialogue

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August 10, 2017 (JUBA) - The German Foreign Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel has urged South Sudan President Salva Kiir to involve the armed opposition faction in the country’s national dialogue process.

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Germany’s Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel and UNMISS SRSG David Shearer (UN Photo)

Official launched by the South Sudanese leader in May this year, the national dialogue initiative is both a forum and process through which the people South Sudan shall gather to redefine the basis of their unity as it relates to nationhood, redefine citizenship and belonging, as well as restructure the state for national inclusion.

However, while addressing reporters in the South Sudan capital, Juba Thursday, Sigmar said leaders of the two warring sides need to dialogue instead of pursuing endless military solution to the violence.

"Still there is no alternative to this peace process because neither of the two sides in this conflict can win the conflict militarily. And therefore we support the vision of the President to launch the national dialogue," said the senior German official.

He said the international community is still supporting the war-torn nation with humanitarian aid to overcome the humanitarian suffering that has left millions of people in need of food assistance.

"It’s a good thing that the international community and also the neighboring countries like Uganda support the peace process. However, the peace process can only be successful when it comes from South Sudan itself," stressed Sigmar.

"Yesterday in Uganda, we had opportunity to see how many refugees come to Uganda from South Sudan because they do not see any future prospect for the security of their families in South Sudan," he added.

The German Foreign minister also lauded President Kiir for pardoning political prisoners as the country strives for political reconciliation.

South Sudan descended into violence in December 2013 after President Kiir sacked his former deputy Riek Machar, accusing the latter of attempting a coup. The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions in less than five years of the instability.

Meanwhile, the head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, David Shearer, met with the German Foreign Affairs and expressed his gratitude for the country’s contribution to the protection of civilians and building a durable peace in South Sudan.

During his visit, however, Sigmar was also briefed by the senior UN official on the security and humanitarian situation in the country.

(ST)

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  • 11 August 2017 10:07, by Kuch

    I will be damned if this David Shearer colonial master clothe in the US, the UK, their UN, their creepy NGOs & & of evil allies in between is not the first evil white man to die in our country. I can’t stand the sight of evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus & everything that is connected to them in our country. The evils think that they be our new masters on the disguise & pretext of their damn so-called UN, protection of civilians (peacekeeping), human rights>>>

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    • 11 August 2017 10:19, by Kuch

      And their damn so-called donations scams. The evil corporate America, the UK, France & some of their evil allies in between have been using their UN, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & human rights business scams as their 21s century neo-colonial tools to crawl their evil selves into other people’s countries to come & loot them like they are currently doing in Central Africa Republic (CAR), Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan & other countries. But the evils do not know that here in the Dinka/man country, we have an absolute contempt towards any piece shit on earth who thinks, he/she can stand over our necks with these cheap creepy intrigues>>>

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    • 11 August 2017 10:20, by Kuch

      And their damn so-called donations scams. The evil corporate America, the UK, France & some of their evil allies in between have been using their UN, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & human rights business scams as their 21s century neo-colonial tools to crawl their evil selves into other people’s countries to come & loot them like they are currently doing in Central Africa Republic (CAR), Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan & other countries. But the evils do not know that here in the Dinka/man country, we have an absolute contempt towards any piece shit on earth who thinks, he/she can stand over our necks with these cheap creepy intrigues>>>

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      • 11 August 2017 10:28, by Kuch

        The US, the UK, their UN, their creepy NGOs & some of their criminal allies in between love affair with our country & our people has gone too far. And it must be stopped. Who really wants the evil white Americans, English people, their cloned so-called Arabs & their evil juus with their dirty intrigues in their villages? Who really wants the colonialists again in our country? Fellows, what the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN & their NGOs are desperately shopping all along in our country & against our people is not going to end very well fellows.

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        • 11 August 2017 10:38, by Kuch

          There are some fools in our country who are so fool that they don’t seem to see that this damn so-called UN, peacekeeping, human rights & humanitarian aid are disguised ways used by the evils in the US, the UK, France, the UN & their creep NGOs to occupy countries with resources & then keep creating conflict indefinitely & plunder the country amidst choas like they have been doing in Congo for the last fifty 50 years. Once against, who really wants the evil White Americans, their evil juus, English people and the cloned so-called Arabs in their villages? Who really wants these vermin?

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