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Juba refuses calls to abstain from IGAD meetings on South Sudan conflict


President Salva Kiir pose with the IGAD FM after a meeting held at the South Sudanese presidency in Juba on 13 Oct 2017 (ST Photo)

February 13, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government has rejected a demand by a coalition of opposition forces asking Juba to abandon continuing to be part, as a member-state, of the summits and meetings of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) which mediates the ongoing process to achieve peace in the country.

Presidential adviser on security affairs told Sudan Tribune Tuesday that his government participates in the IGAD summits and meetings on the basis of being a member state, and rejected the demand of the opposition.

“That demand is a detraction from addressing real matters and those making it one of their demands should forget it. It will not happen. The government will not accept because it participates in the meetings and summits of the IGAD as a member state,” said Tut Kew Gatluak.

The presidential aide was reacting to a statement issued by a coalition of opposition calling on the continental, regional and international community to not allow the government participates in discussions and summits where matters related to the South Sudanese conflict are discussed without representatives of the opposition.

The participation of the government, according to the opposition, leads to influence the decisions taken by the regional bloc on the conflict and the peace process.

“South Sudan as an IGAD member should recuse itself from the mediation on South Sudan conflict. The government of South Sudan is a partner in the peace process has demonstrated lack of seriousness and political will to negotiate in good faith. This is demonstrated by its refusal to sign a declaration of principle that was jointly discussed and signed by other stakeholders to revitalization process. The government continues its attack on opposition positions throughout the country the latest of which is Nyatot in Nasir today (yesterday on Monday”), the opposition groups said in a joined statement released to the public on Monday.

The statement further demanded the immediate investigation of all ceasefire violations and review the status of the cessation of hostilities agreement. In addition, it demands the government to sign the declaration of principle as the basis of negotiation, and to withdraw its forces from all the positions it captured from the opposition after the entry into force of the CoH agreement.


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  • 13 February 21:06, by Eastern

    .....the REGIME in Juba CANNOT be an arbiter and a complainant at the same time! Watch out, the deadline is fast approaching. If nothing comes out of this HLRF, the situation ante October 2016 will be reinstated!

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  • 14 February 03:13, by Nairobimitot

    These rebels are funny. The rebels do not have the legitimacy to stop the government from participating in a meeting that is only inclusive to those who made it happened and who is in the alliance. These rebels must be joking. The rebels need not to forget that they are there to negotiate the peace for the whole country. You rebels need to negotiate the peace agreement with the government as quickly as possible within the shortest time possible. If you rebels do not get your act together within the shortest time possible, you will miss a big opportunity for your rebel movement, and that will lead to the dismantling of your rebel movement.

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    • 14 February 20:47, by garrak1520

      It is an ethic issue, South Sudan must recuse itself from the organization until the end of negotiation. A good example in Trump administration when J.Sessions recuses himself so that the Russian investigation ends as expected, fair to all. However, I am expecting such move from Kiir administration, war must go on. What ever goes up must come down, need to know it Mr.Kiir.

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  • 14 February 05:49, by John Baangot

    "The government must sign its own arrest warrent and sanctions, the government must recuse itself from this and from that and bla bla bla." Grow the hell up and be realistic, fuggots! A bunch of terrorists and wanna-bes.

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  • 14 February 05:56, by Ranmediit

    It’s unfortunately those who are against independence,like Tut Gatluak,

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  • 14 February 06:08, by Joker Wizard

    Dear country men, let’s avoid behaving like we have no educated South Sudanese to lead this country to light. it is high time the current leaders realizes that, they have failed and will not be able to provide services to the people in needs. when asked,"The country is in peace haha. Juba is calm....." South Sudan is not Juba & its surroundings. "There is no safe room in a burning house" GOD BLESS

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    • 14 February 13:48, by Lino Nhial Mayout Gong

      Dear mr poster, not educated s.sudanese but country goes like this; there are no implementers where a president can trust for instant when i give you like 1000 for development you go and segmented, that means theres’ no development. thanks for your soonest understanding.

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