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S. Sudan agrees on unified consultations: official

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October 11, 2017 (JUBA) – The various parties that make up South Sudan’s coalition government have agreed on a joint consultation at the upcoming peace deal revitalization by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an official said on Wednesday.

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South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, speaks to reporters in Jonglei state capital Bor on 25 December 2014 (ST)

"We have already received the IGAD letter on revitalization and without prejudice to other parties to be consulted, we have agreed to be consulted as the TGoNU [Transitional Government of National Unity]," said South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth.

The High-Level Revitalization Forum takes place from October 13-17.

Consultations, according to the regional bloc, will begin with officials in the coalition government and include the other faction leaders.

Dhieu Mathok, a member of the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) led by First Vice President Taban Deng Gai urged the need for a unified consultation instead of reaching out to separate individuals.

This call has, however, been opposed by member of the country’s former political detainees who insisted on separate consultations to be held. Two of the ex-detainees serve in the coalition government.

In June, a summit of IGAD heads of state and government decided to convene a meeting of the signatories of the South Sudan peace agreement to discuss ways to revitalize the peace implementation.

During the June summit, it was agreed that all groups be included in the discussion aimed at restoring a permanent ceasefire.

Last week, IGAD unveiled the timetable for the revitalization forum to start consultations with South Sudanese leaders and the nation’s citizens. The process, it said, begins on 13 October and ends on 17.

South Sudan government earlier warned that the revitalization forum by the regional bloc, which mediated the 2015 peace accord, should not be another platform for negotiations of the peace agreement between the two factions to the conflict.

IGAD is an eight-member economic bloc that brings together Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.

Over a million people have fled South Sudan since conflict erupted in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir sacked Machar from the vice-presidency. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in South Sudan’s worst ever violence since it seceded from Sudan in 2011.

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  • 12 October 07:04, by Newsudan

    the govt should end delaying tactics: " peace is around the corner " Makwei Lweth,has always said that,that corner never come up to now.

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    • 12 October 08:03, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Any responsibility carrying out by IGAD birth of no hope.
      The organization named IGAD are completely failed over South Sudanese crises.

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      • 12 October 09:56, by Native Boy

        Wow, this Interest Group Against Development is not serious!
        How credible is your mediation? How can you pretend to mediate peace on your left while fueling war on your right by the same group members?
        Are you not ashamed of this level of hypocrisy?

        The international partners are also some choir members that help this group to continue corrupting their finances in the expenses of dying civilians

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    • 12 October 15:16, by Midit Mitot

      I hope Makuei Lueth has smell a rat this time, he is talking as a human being, let your common sense come back to it,s normal as usual Mr Minister.

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    • 12 October 17:22, by garrak1520

      It is time for the people of South Sudan to understand the government in place including SPLM-IO Taban are not for peace. These morons TABAN, KIIR and cronies will lead South Sudan to total catastrophe.TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY. You fought the Arabs, and without the people, South Sudan will still be under domination. So don’t hesitate, you can get rid of these morons.

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    • 12 October 21:32, by William

      NewSudan not only Makuei has a delay tactic but IGAD. IGAD want to create another job to get big money. IGAD want to keep Riek Machar, Kiir and Lam Akol online so war never stop in South Sudan to benefit from that war.IGAD objectives is to make sure war never stop in South Sudan.

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  • 12 October 07:05, by Sunday Junup

    Unity of thugs and thieves remain thugs. Important part of this consultation is acknowledgment of the fact that 2015 Peace is a dead peace and needs resuscitation. Whether you needs unify or separate consultation can not change new ideology. Just tell Taban and Deng Alor to declare their side to Kiir. But wait why Deng Alor considered separate group?

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    • 12 October 07:47, by jubaone

      Crown 👑 Hotel IO is part of TGoNU and is no longer part of Riak IO and must not be allowed to represent Riak’s IO whatsoever. The current ARCISS has failed, with many stakeholders now in the game, Taban must share with Kiirminal the piece given to them. Riak must never reconcile with such traitors and sellouts.

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      • 12 October 09:15, by South South

        jubaone,

        To be a leader you must have your people with you. You do not just sit under computer and start writing nonsense and think that will make you a big man, no way. Taban Deng has many Nuers with him. His men are sitting right now in Pagak comfortably . Why do you talk about IO or Riek or Taban? Talk about Equatorians or Lubas Mapi.

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        • 12 October 13:25, by jubaone

          South South,
          Dont reduce your discussions to Lubas Mapi when then "Libas Mafi". Tame your jienge tongue to spell P and F differently, ya jienge idiot. But it appears, your thinking has been reduced to issues around "genitalia". This explains the fact that jienge brain is just as big as his testicles. Sad! That is animal-like. Or he´s indeed one

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        • 12 October 13:28, by jubaone

          South South,
          Whether Taban or Kiirminal, they are useless bcos idiots and fools can carry guns, intelligent people carry pens and work with computers. Thats why jienges like you, should just remain in luaks like wild animals or cows and no need for education. Better even teach a monkey Bari language it will understand than teaching a jienge skills

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  • 12 October 08:05, by Eastern

    This is the genesis of the anticipated stalemate: withing the Kiir-Taban alliance are the other headless parties going by the nomenclature of "Other Parties". During the consultations, Taban will say he heads SPLM/A-IO - which will be the same situation they will be in when they consult Dr. Machar. The point of departure will come when one party is asked to relinquish SPLM/A-IO...

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    • 12 October 09:10, by South South

      Eastern,

      Having two or 3 OI parties is not our business. They have to sit down and sort out there shit without involving anyone else. Taban Deng has many Nuers with him, the world knows that, but a few Eqautorians who are hiding think that they should be ministers of IO when there is peace, laughable.

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      • 12 October 13:32, by jubaone

        South South,
        Funny, these jienges or nyagateen your are talking about are living, eating and happier in Juba that their worthless luaks. Once we start flushing them out, they will have nowhere to go. You also are homeless, a vagabond and only dream of Juba. Go back to your luak! ya waskan and we see.

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      • 12 October 13:37, by jubaone

        South South,
        Spit it or suck it, you jienges CANT survive without Equatorians, BUT Equatorians CAN survive without jienges. That simple. You can talk your jienge shit, we Equatorians are your life and death. This time around NO nonsense, we denounce this IGAD nonsense till all jienges kneel down to Equatorians and ask for mercy. Either them or us. That simple.

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      • 13 October 06:05, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        South South,

        You are a complete disgrace to the nation of South Sudan. You think all is about being ministers and bla bla!! Do you know why liberation of South Sudan by a political and military entity started in Equatoria? We do not behave like Apes who think about CHAM before thinking about the primary responsibility of running a country that is so diverse like our country. You have failed us.

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  • 12 October 08:06, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    IGAD-Plus should handed over the processes of peace mediation to other international stakeholders to solve the South Sudanese civil war.

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    • 12 October 08:22, by john akeen

      Wish other international stakeholders you want them to come solve our problem? And to solve our problem with who, if you don’t want to leave your life because of Riek Machar and if you don’t want president Kiir? You solve your own problem first

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  • 12 October 08:17, by DO IT

    This country will be better off when such liars like Makuei Lieth are killed. Whenever you seen that idiot on media, there are something fishy. They will do anything that would completely destroy that IGAD new peace approach. As Salva Kiir is doing by starting a integration of Taban’s militia, sending a bunches of losers to S. Africa for unknown miss
    ion.

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  • 12 October 08:58, by Wutkhor

    I believe Igad gangs will be serious this time round coz US D trump administration has taken the SS crisis seriously that is why thugs like Makuie comment with human sense in not rejecting the revitalization like CH stomach feeders gangs who completely reject the separate consultation, I can see the positives results on individual sanctions on Makuei comment on revitalization schedule.

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    • 12 October 09:01, by Wutkhor

      Con.. Peace is not enough for pples of SS on my view voz living with Dinka’s become a crimes n shame to SS across the globes this pples really prove they re like animals n insects, the only solutions to SS war shld be 1- secessions, 2- ICC to deal with all Dinka’s insects who butchered innocents civilians across the country plus more sanctions on CH gangs.

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  • 12 October 09:08, by John Wetjunub

    am happy that peace is almost coming back to our nation, God bless South Sudan and touch the hearts of South Sudanese people to reconcile and come back together as brother and sisters.

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  • 12 October 10:39, by Sunday Junup

    USA should cut all funding related to South Sudan (Juba regime) because they ally with terrorist (Makuey Lueth) who has a sanction.

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    • 12 October 15:13, by Redeemer

      Wutkhor
      your godfather Riek failed to convince the world that the government of National Unity which was formed under 2015 is no longer in existence because
      1 Kiir did not dissolve the GoNU
      2 Oppositions are holding
      3 FDs are holding
      4 IO split, intellectuals are holding, you will hold tears when Riek IO will be integrated into Taban IO

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      • 12 October 16:29, by Redeemer

        The best way for peace is to work for the unity of IOs to form one body and they decide even if they agree to bring Riek as the FVP no problem. Riek is already a change person he will not accept the third chase

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  • 12 October 20:27, by lino

    Very good indeed! Bring the horse to the water as a first step, but whether it will drink or not that is another question for another day!!!

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