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Machar and AU chairperson discuss S. Sudan peace deal


South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar and the AU Commission chairperson Mousa Faki Mohamed in Pretoria, South African, April 12, 2018 (ST photo)

April 13, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar and the African Union chairperson, Mousa Faaki Mohamed met on Thursday in South Africa to discuss the ongoing peace process.

The two leaders, during the meeting held in Pretoria, discussed the high-level revitalization forum, challenges facing the process and the role of other peace partners, like AU and the five African countries that form the IGAD-Plus.

The IGAD-Plus nations (Algeria, Chad, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa) were added into the mediation process to strengthen Africa’s support to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and assist South Sudanese parties and stakeholders to achieve durable peace.

“The SPLM/A (IO) [Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In-Opposition] welcomes the visit of the chairperson of the AU Commission and expresses its appreciation as we look forward to the substantive results of that visit,” partly reads a statement from the SPLM-IO director for information, Puok Both Baluang.

He reiterated the armed opposition’s full commitment to the peace process and to a negotiated settlement, saying it is the only means to end the conflict.

“Though, well-documented belligerence of the regime, as they continue to violate the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, their refusal to sign the Declaration of Principles at the HLRF [High-Level Revitalization Forum, continued abduction of our political leadership and general intransigence,” he said.

South Sudan has been mired in conflict between the government of President Salva Kiir and rebels led by Machar, the country’s former first vice-president since December 2013. The conflict has killed tens of thousands and displaced almost over 2 million people from their homes, including over a million refugees who have fled into neighbouring nations.


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  • 13 April 08:54, by Theallseeingeye

    Now we can smell some AU flavor in this game. Faaki should Just advocate for Riak release, it has now been proof that he is not the cause of all this mess, because he has been confined for 2yrs and things are still falling apart back home. Kiir is always a problem, there’s a traditional believe in Dinka culture that there MUST exsist a problem such that Men can fight and prove there superiority..

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    • 13 April 08:58, by Theallseeingeye

      that is why Kiir thinks got rid of Machar and there is one to fight with, so he turned around to escalate and initiate another round of fight with Malong in order to at least have someone whom he can test his muscles against.

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    • 13 April 13:16, by Midit Mitot


      IGAD Plus calculated wrongly, to confined Dr Machar has making things worse.

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  • 13 April 09:00, by Theallseeingeye

    that’s why Kiir thinks got rid of Machar and there is no one to fight with....

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    • 13 April 09:16, by jubaone

      AU has realized that IGAD is just a bunch of confused, self seeking and incapable organization. AU may not deliver the yearned peace, but it has realized that the Kiirminal is unfit, culpable and devilish liar. Just a single worthless jienge putting the lives of million SS at stake? May God curse him and his family and one day die like street dogs.

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      • 13 April 09:45, by Theallseeingeye


        I Wonder what is going to be discuss at the next round of HLRF! this IGAD knows they cannot pressurized both parties to the agreement with empty threats, specially the IO since they already have their Boss under their confinement. as for Kiir, several gov officer including Kiir’s & Makuie state if publicly that "we cannot work under pressures".

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        • 13 April 09:52, by Theallseeingeye

          cont. it means Kiir is literally telling IGAD "what else do you got". and he is confident of what he is doing, because he owns their paychecks. I think IGAD are just pushing Riak hard against the wall such that he surrenders, but IGAD also don’t know that even if Riak "denounced violence" this war won’t stop. because War is no longer about Kiir & Riak rather its about right and wrong

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          • 13 April 10:01, by Theallseeingeye


            In fair and wise analogy and hypothetical theories, If an isolation of a variable from the equation resulted in the persistence of equilibrium state, your next attempt would definitely be changing the remaining variable and re-evaluate the system. it has now been proven beyond logic that Machar is not the problem. So what IGAD still want to see that much obvious than rebellion of Malong

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            • 13 April 10:16, by Theallseeingeye

              because after we done with Jienge we will come for you too. Sunday Junup, the objective is one tuple that worthless and tribal regime but not installing another one. Don’t commit the same mistake the Jienge did and have yet regretted and fix it.
              Sunday Junup. regardless of background and affiliation whoever must come to lead this nation should do it with competence, just and rule of law.

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              • 13 April 10:21, by Theallseeingeye

                apology, the above comment was not in right place, I was reply to Sunday Junup on his comment below.. sory, I will just copy-past in the right place below

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  • 13 April 09:07, by Eastern

    Tabani-Kiiri, are you there....?!

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  • 13 April 09:36, by Eastern

    We are sticking to our position of the nine political alliance which was presented to IGAD last time. The tribal regime in Juba of course won’t accept this and this is our point of departure. Then, in comes the ALTERNATIVE B....!

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    • 13 April 09:47, by Sunday Junup

      You can never enjoy the cake which was cook by another person. Why don’t you cook yourself? Nine Political alliance you are talking about are just a bunch of failure politician whom want to benefit from Dr.Riak’s fruits. Cirilo defect from Kiir and shot his first bullet to dr.Riak as well as Lam Akol resulting of death to brave generals who can fight to the death toppling Kiirimnal regime

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      • 13 April 09:50, by Sunday Junup

        Con.... Open front and fight instead of calling it plan B it can be plan A and Peace talk to be plan B as it was said clearly by Dr.John that peace come after war not war after peace!

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        • 13 April 10:09, by Theallseeingeye

          Sunday Junup
          Stop being naive and try not to divide the cake that has not yet been cooked. if you keep talking like that we will not break from this cycle of violent that has been hunting us for generations, what you are saying sounds like another Jienge’s version of "we liberated you" but with IO/Nuer tone

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          • 13 April 10:22, by Theallseeingeye

            because after we done with Jienge we will come for you too. Sunday Junup, the objective is one tuple that worthless and tribal regime but not installing another one. Don’t commit the same mistake the Jienge did and have yet regretted and fix it.
            Sunday Junup. regardless of background and affiliation whoever must come to lead this nation should do it with competence, just and rule of law.

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        • 13 April 10:14, by Eastern

          Sunday Junup,

          Unfortunately I don’t eat eat cakes, try a better example! Even in the wild, the mighty hunter, the lioness, is often robbed off its kill by a pack of stinky hyaena, come to think of that! Dr. Machar has a genuine cause, but the dude is too slow and he’s been outwitted by folks like Taban Deng and now the the united front of opposition parties is his new headache!

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          • 13 April 19:10, by South South

            Rebels are cutting down themselves, sweet for South Sudan.

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      • 13 April 15:52, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        Sunday Junub,

        That greed is the cause of death and suffering of South Sudanese. South Sudan is not a wild animal that you go to hunt and kill so that you have it all. Even among hunting communities when an animal is killed. It is shared among them. Do not take us back to make history repeat itself. South Sudan is for all South Sudanese and have equal rights politically, economically and socially.

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    • 13 April 18:57, by South South


      I am not sure if cowards have alternatives. Cowards are cowards, that is all.

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      • 13 April 20:12, by Eastern

        South South,

        Bravado by Dinka, a primitive tribe, south of the Sahara is the reason South Sudan is in war. That same bravado is the reason Lake state, after Kiir split it into clan based Dinka enclave, is still in bubbles. Need more? During medieval era Europe was full of folks exuding with bravado like our dinkas in this country. Find out out for yourself what it was then during the medieval era

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  • 13 April 09:40, by Games

    hahahahahahahahahah, yes they there are protesting. JCE are exposing their long secretes to the world and the world are currently taking notes

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  • 13 April 11:52, by Mopedi

    The IGAD is the architect of this war, they know their usual businesses with Juba’s government. The third round of the talk has failed before its day comes, perhaps what AU try to do is to draw a post revitalization plan, they want to know what IOs has in mind because they and some alliance will dispatch from Ethiopia in dismay while IGAD and Juba will be rejoicing.

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    • 13 April 11:57, by Eastern

      Agreed yet,

      The AU man is in South Africa in a bit to get Dr. Machar accept the current offer IGAD has for him: relocation from South Africa to Nigeria. Machar refused the offer of being relocated to Nigeria. Chad is another offer on the table. Watch this space...

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  • 13 April 11:55, by Eastern

    I gather from some quarters that Dr. Machar would be shifted from South Africa to Nigeria in West Africa. Watch this space....

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    • 13 April 15:58, by jubaone

      Riak is better off in SS than some of these shithole countries. Nigeria is like a big dummy that can’t care for itself well, Chad is like and street destitute too poor and sloppy. With few silver coins, they can be compromised. The best is bring him directly to areas where his forces control.

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      • 13 April 19:02, by South South

        jubaone, What the hell you are saying about Riek. We do not want him near South Sudan, game is closed.

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        • 13 April 20:18, by Eastern

          South South,

          Of course the return of Machar to South Sudan is the harbinger of peace; keep Machar out of the country, his followers who are not locked up with in Mzansi will continue to give the regime headache. After the collapse of the third and final round of the IGAD HLRF later this month, watch this space....

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  • 13 April 16:27, by lino

    IGAD Body should be abolished for they have failed badly in recent years!!!
    Can’t solve the problem of Somalia for many years, relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia has gone wrong for so long, countries members just trying to keep their powers!!!
    Time for something else>

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    • 13 April 18:16, by lino

      I am doubting if they will be able to fix this South Sudan Man Made crisis!!! We are born naturally of incapable of solving issues of our own made, and Mama Khartoum taught us only 2 things:
      1- Holding the milk bottles on our mouths- corruption.
      2- Hate your brothers to point of elimination.

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      • 13 April 19:35, by lino

        Many years of fighting and sacrifices against the Islamic Regimes of Sudan has been wasted in only 2 years of Independent with Gen Kiir Kuathpiny in the helmet. If he would have resigned to SPLM Political Leaders in 2013 and leave office, he would have save something for his legacy of libation!!!No is going to be tough to built or bring back what have been lost!!!

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  • 14 April 09:38, by Nuer Kanguan

    We will come to our senses one day as S.Sudanese as one people,one nation.

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