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April 15, 2018 (JUBA) - The chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mousa Faaki Mohamed has called for the unreserved participation of South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar in the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) initiated by the regional bloc (IGAD).

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

“The chairperson of the commission took advantage of his visit to meet with Dr. Riek Machar, the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM/IO). He underlined the imperative for all South Sudanese stakeholders to muster the required political courage and commitment to end the conflict unfolding in their country, and strongly called on Dr. Machar to fully play his part and cooperate unreservedly with the IGAD-led efforts within the Revitalization Forum,” the AU said in a statement issued on Saturday.

It added, “Dr. Machar pledged to do all he can to facilitate the search for peace, and said he was looking forward to the resumption of the Revitalization Forum under the IGAD auspices”.

The South Sudanese rebel leader and the African Union chairperson met in Pretoria, South Africa on Thursday to discuss the ongoing peace process in the war-hit nation.

The two leaders reportedly discussed the high-level revitalization forum, challenges facing the process and the role of other peace partners, like AU and the five African countries forming 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 armed opposition leader reportedly expressed commitment of his group to participate in the revitalization talks without reservation.

The AU statement did not, however, made no mention about Machar’s detention in South Africa and the recent decision by the regional leaders to relocate him to a country outside the region.

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.

(ST)

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  • 16 April 09:10, by Eastern

    Now Africa is talking! When you keep Dr. Machar out of governance issues of South Sudan and you keep JCE deeply immersed in the same, the nest result will be perpetual conflicts and instability. Morons, where are you?

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    • 16 April 13:40, by Marco A. Wek

      Eastern, I agree with AU in regard to the need of Dr. Riek Machar participation in the peace revitalization although rebellion in South Sudan has nothing to do with poor governance, it is used as a means to get back governmental jobs. It is illogic to exclude the leader of the main opposition.

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  • 16 April 09:13, by Koryom2

    AU? Bring the evil on from the hell if you damn can & we will come & kill him again for the firth time. Reason racism & hatred, simple & square. Fellows, get the hell out of our country, central Kenya, the so-called ethiopia, North Sudan, South Africa and here in South Sudan. We are going to bomb youy evils out of maps. Fools, watch this space.

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    • 16 April 09:57, by jubaone

      Kuch aka koryom2,
      Yours are statements of an irate and worthless jienge. Fix the shit 💩 in Mading Bor b4 you stupidly think of bombing. Kokora is coming your way and if does bother you, then hang yourself. We shall kick you out of Nimule first then gradually out of Equatoria. Just worthless human burden to be fed, accomodated and nursed.

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    • 16 April 10:15, by Koryom2

      The govt of South Sudan must go to brothels, hotels & bars of Adis Ababa. We are here fools, remove your selves from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, DRC, Rwanda, the whole of Kenya of Kenya, central Kenya to be precis, Gambella region & the whole of North Sudan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen & some of their creepy allies in between out out of our country>>>

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      • 16 April 10:35, by Koryom2

        once and for all. Fellows, watch this space. We have informed the government of South Sudan to let us bomb the evil white Americans, English people,

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    • 16 April 13:37, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Koryom 1,2,3.....,

      Calm down ya seyyid. Peace is about to perch on South Sudan soil whereby hell will be converted into paradise. Freedom, justice and independence of the nation will be real. Jengeism will have to be buried 6 metres deep. Take care it is about to unfold onto you.

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  • 16 April 10:43, by Lenin Bull

    It is only a fool who keeps repeating the same mistake over and over again. Riek’s attempts to greedily snatch power from Dr.John Garang, and Salva Kiir have utterly been failure with disastrous consequences on lives of others. His life was always spared! This time around will be no joke folks.

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    • 16 April 13:07, by jubaone

      Lenin Fool,
      This is jienge bullshit narrative. The High Court dismissed this nonsense narrative of a coup attempt and only people like you foolishly believe in the coup attempt. AU has spoken and all want Riak for the HLRF except jienges. Hang yourselves if you don’t want Riak.

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  • 16 April 15:14, by Theallseeingeye

    I believe this proposal of isolating Riack would bring peace was another Jienge fabricated crap because it’s impossible for a rational mind to reason in such absurd way. Conventionally, peace agreement involves bringing parties to the conflict together on round table (e.g CPA) but not separating and isolating them, tie one party’s hand on his back and leave the other free..

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    • 16 April 15:27, by Theallseeingeye

      cont..
      traditionally, the oppressed party would normally loose the mediator’s trust. and that’s what is happening with IO & other opposition groups. Logically, you cannot fight with somebody and when it comes to reconciliation, you prefer to reconciliation with someone whom you don’t have any issues with, rather then who have trouble with. I rather face my opponent and fix issues with him/her

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      • 16 April 15:43, by Theallseeingeye

        cont..
        therefore, IGAD must release Riak and allow him participate in HLRF without any preconditions, he has been off from the politics of this country for nearly two years and things worsen since ever he was absent, therefore he is not the problem. thank you.

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