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President Salva Kiir addresses the National prayer day at the John Garang's Mausoleum in the capital Juba, March 10, 2017. (Photo Reuters)
May 17, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir has unveiled conditions for a future peace agreement, saying he would not accept any agreement creating two armies, dissolution of the security sector and the return of his former frits deputy in government and party in an official capacity.

The South Sudanese leader made the remark during a brief to the Dinka Council of Elders members who paid a courtesy visit to his official residence in Juba on Thursday evening.

"I told them you go, go to Addis Ababa and talk to those who are in the opposition and tell them clearly we are ready to expand the government so that they are accommodated if this is what they want," said president Kiir on Thursday.

"Yes, the cause of this situation is because they were reshuffled," he further stressed.

Kiir cited his former army chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan as an example of those who rebelled because of removal from their positions in the government.

"Somebody like Paul Malong, do you think he would have rebelled if he was not removed. This thinking of people rebelling when they are reshuffled will not take us anywhere and this country will remain like this. There will never be progress and people are right to question the cause of war, what we fought for,” said Kiir.

He said he will not accept any proposal that seeking the creation of the two armies, dissolution of the security sector and the return of his main political rival in an official capacity.

"I told them go, you have my permission to go and negotiate but don’t even consider asking me about the two armies, the dissolution of the security sector and the coming of Riek (Machar) in an official capacity, as the vice-president. if he wants to come as a private citizen, he is welcome."

"He is a South Sudanese. Nobody has the issue with that but in the government, Taban is already here. where we will take him," he wondered.

The peace revitalization forum has resumed in Addis Ababa on May 17, 2018. The parties are discussing outstanding issues related to the power-sharing and the security arrangements.

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  • 18 May 04:34, by Mayendit

    I agree completely that, the former vice president can return back to South Sudan just like any normal citizen do. The fighting started at J1, because of two armies in one country and must not be repeated again. The security of the nation can not and will not be dissolved because it has never happen in any nation around the world. All incoming rebels must be organize and make integration a Month.

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    • 18 May 04:46, by Games

      Mayendit
      IO and others Oppositions groups don’t want peace with Salva Kiir in the charge ethier. As usual all credit will goes to the IO as the world are seeing Salva Kiir is peace blockers

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      • 18 May 05:02, by Mayendit

        Games

        Keep singing about SPLA IO and others groups alliance. All 10 Alliance groups have said time and time again that, they do not want both Salve Kiir and Riek Machar. You will soon hears many rebels will started fighting against the SPLA IO. Actually, they have already kick off outpost of SPLA IO in Equatoria and Shilluk Johnson Olny has agree with his Shilluk politicians like Pagan Amum, Oyai

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    • 18 May 18:48, by garrak1520

      You cannot accommodate all opposition groups. You have no money to pay public servants, and you want to inflate a useless government, what for. All South Sudan needs is : 8 ministers, the president nothing more, also not to forget you are a citizen like any South Sudanese, you are leading the entire country not the dinka elders.

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  • 18 May 04:51, by Mayendit

    The world would soon realized that, the former vice president and his supporters are desperate for big positions, big government even when the economic is collapse yet, they are still demanding more and more positions for nothing. We have 32 States plus Abyei and no budgets to pay them. If people wanted 400 MPS, 30 Ministers, 100,000 generals on pay role how that work? Expanding 400 MPS is bad.

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  • 18 May 05:01, by dinkdong

    If getting removed in a position was something to be grateful then why is it hard for you to step down. People feel as bad about leaving their positions just as you do Mr. President.

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    • 18 May 05:03, by dinkdong

      ...And that is by the way called dictatorship.

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  • 18 May 05:59, by Lenin Bull

    Mr.President Kiir, we normal citizens of South Sudan want peace now and not later. If you don’t feel insecurity because you are day and night protected by your body guards, you don’t feel hunger because the money ( both US dollars and South Sudanese Pounds) are all your personal money and you are able to buy what you want daily, then we are starving to death in the villages across the nations!

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  • 18 May 06:04, by Lenin Bull

    Our innocent citizens are dying daily and others are terribly suffering in refugee camps and IDP settlements, and POCs. Please, please, let there be good faith and patriotic intention to save the nation from dying out completely. God and our souls will punish you the shameless SPLM( Kiir, Riek, Pagan and bunch of thieves/FDs) for exposing the whole country to such unparalleled danger magnitudes!

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    • 18 May 16:20, by padiit gaga

      Tribal president does not hears with his ears but with his eyes. This secrets way of God he harded his heart like pharaoh who his heart was harded by god not to sent Isreal to their promised land God harded his heart He want to revenge Isrealis children who were killed by king god let his armies to be swallowed by sea as revenge of isrealis children. Now want to revenge children of s.sudan who wer

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      • 18 May 16:53, by padiit gaga

        God wanted S.SUDAN who were killed by Kirr that is why He hard his heart so that he(kirr)his officials must be killed like pharaoh who his heart harded by god till his armies were swallowed by sea. Do not blam him of refusing peace is god way to let him and his officials to kill by the world. Now the world know that GI is one who refused peace.

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  • 18 May 06:07, by Lenin Bull

    I beg to differe with You Mr.President Kiir. Your clumsy way of handling rebels and rebellions in the country is the catalyst itself of more rebellions, deaths, destruction and suffering in South Sudan under your leadership. Why you failed to contain or capture Dr.Riek on 16th Dec.2013 while waging his coup in Juba? Why you captured Dr. Riek and released him on 10th July 2016 during J1 battle ?

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  • 18 May 06:11, by Lenin Bull

    Why You keep rewarding bloody criminal rebels like Peter Gadet, Yau Yau, Olony, etc when they have blood of innocent civilians/your own citizens in their sinful hands? Please, President Kiir let all these rebels sign peace and come to stand elections including your good self and let the suffering end in the country. The South Sudan is now the hell on Earth.

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  • 18 May 06:21, by Games

    I have nothing to sing about but telling it like it is.. Salva Kiir will leave power by all means...not only IO and others Oppositions groups, but there are bunches of countries out there are wanted Salva Kiir to be gone. This is a last horse kicks for you Salva Kiir supporters to think carefully because most IGAD countries are not going to be remain neutral after this round of peace

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  • 18 May 08:10, by Sunday Junup

    Thief is always thief! This was how he talked in 2015 too and whole world still insist that Dr.Riak should still continue to go to Juba. What do you expect from this man who never went to war even his tribe but hired foreign to fight in his behalf. If i were those in opposition i would accept what he said or fight to the last drop there is no peace with this JCE

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  • 18 May 08:22, by lino

    Ya Gen. Kiir,

    Dr. John Garang already said it!!! War is better than bad peace!
    Did you forgot that Taban already is your deputy in SPLM-IG when both of you united last month? So he should be a 1st Vice anymore.
    People are not talking about 2 armies now, but 10 or 65; every tribe should have one or dissolve all armies and in next 3-6 years a National Army should be built!!!

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    • 18 May 08:29, by lino

      Regional Protection Forces should run the security sectors while all South Sudanese should support the idea of a rotational president for the country based on 3 big regions of the South; Bhr Al Gazal, Equatoria, and Upper Nile.
      1- Year #1- Equatoria.
      2- Year #2- Upper Nile.
      3- Year #3- Bhr Gazal.
      * Generals who turned 60 years of age should be forced to Retirment.

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      • 18 May 08:31, by lino

        * Politicians who turned 65 years should be forced to step down.

        This will solve the problem of the country and new generations will be given a chance to practice their skills!!!

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      • 18 May 11:33, by South South

        lino,

        You need to win the war first before you put out these bogus conditions. You are crushed and you are hiding like a little chicken when they see hawk coming. Who will listen to coward person?

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        • 18 May 14:40, by lino

          Hahaaa! Poor South South,

          It was the same thought mentality Khartoum used to have in 2000’s till they were surprised by the arrival of Dr. Garang in Khartoum and Sudan never became the same again!!!
          Keep shitting till your end!!!

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          • 18 May 15:46, by South South

            lino,

            Shut up big coward! Garang went to Khartoum when he was in Yei, Rumbek, Tonj, Yirol, Mariad, Yambio, Tombra, Bor and more. Garang was a real fighter with huge SPLA with him. This is the only way Khartoum respected him, not sitting with empty hands and ask for power, shut up.

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            • 18 May 16:44, by lino

              You will regret very soon!!! This era is not the guns poor thinking boy! When you have 64 tribes out of 1 opposing you, you will understand the result.
              South Sudan democracy should 1 Tribe 1 Vote and you will see who will VOTE for you!
              Military Personnel should be sent to camps to cultivate or risk imprisonment.
              We will see if Kiir Mayardiit will make with his illiterate generals!!!

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              • 18 May 17:14, by South South

                lino,

                Stop talking to me like a baby. In Africa elections are won if you control army, security, police and money. This is true in DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia. Rwanda, Burundi, Cameron and all of that. Shut up and find something else.

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                • 18 May 19:57, by lino

                  Maron South South!!!

                  You are still dreaming in Africa of 1980’s and 1990’s!!! New thoughts Process are coming to Africa and that is why your Gen. Kiir, F.Marshall Bashir and alike within IGAD are resisting, but all of you will be surprised! Did you listen to Ethiopian Former PM and his advises to Kiir and alike.
                  It looks you are one of these corrupts General roaming the nation...Free food is over

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                  • 18 May 21:12, by South South

                    Stop talking like a little monkey wicked. Former Ethiopia prime minister is Reik’s supporter, shut up, don’t waste my time.

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                    • 18 May 21:51, by lino

                      Shut up right Marooned General of SS!!!

                      If former PM of Eithopia was a Riek’s supporter they would have rubbed Juba down in a bright daylight!!!
                      Remember when Bashir helped Later PM of Eithiopia to overrun the country in 1990’s stupid cow worshiper!!!

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                      • 18 May 22:26, by South South

                        Lino,

                        Shut up a little monkey, you know nothing, but rats and dirty things.

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                • 18 May 20:00, by lino

                  Benefit from these street boy!!!

                  “The polis exists to assure the good life” – Aristotle. “For however strong a ruler may be, he will always have need of the goodwill of the inhabitants if he wishes to remain in power” – Machiavelli. “It is not by the concentration of powers, but by their distribution, that good government is effected” – Thomas Jefferson.

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                  • 18 May 20:01, by lino

                    “There is no time to waste. We must either unite now or perish” – Julius Nyerere.

                    Don’t follow your illiterate uncle Mayardiit!!!

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                  • 19 May 06:05, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

                    Lino,

                    Please do not waste your valuable time with these cows. The understand under pressure. Now they may be happy because under the name South Sudan they are using our resources to exterminate us simply because international community has not learnt their trick. We need diplomatic enlightening of world to change this. At least USA has seen it.The guns they are using now will be used against them

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            • 18 May 16:51, by lino

              Consider this facts shitty boy:
              "According to the world body, about 4.3 million people have been displaced, including more than 1.76 million who are internally displaced and about 2.5 million in neighboring countries."
              This is your Kiir Mayardit ACHIEVEMENTS, and still dreams to do more!!!

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  • 18 May 09:38, by JUR ATHÏT

    Rebels shouldn’t waste their time negotiating. They have to get it right away. Let them put down their arms and come back home.

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  • 18 May 09:40, by wau nar

    Att to all social medias fighters tell me hw many countries with two armies on the world apart from rebell?.2-Why do you people rebelled if you are remove from the postion?. in which country who dosen’t ve this kind of rotation on the world.?for those who know hw to milk the cow the Gvt is like a cow when milking the cow it cann’t accomodate two people at onec to milk the same cow.

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    • 18 May 16:55, by lino

      Here is Kiir’s ACHIEVEMENTS for South Sudan...Happy?!!!

      "According to the world body, about 4.3 million people have been displaced, including more than 1.76 million who are internally displaced and about 2.5 million in neighboring countries."

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  • 18 May 10:18, by Joker Wizard

    It seems the president is out of his mind, just some few days back not even a month, Kiir mentioned of forgiving Machar, now he do not want to see Machar in his official posts, which includes party position. was KIIR drunk the time he mentioned the word forgiveness?
    GOD BLESS SOUTH SUDAN.

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  • 18 May 13:38, by Naath

    The Dinka tribal gangs
    leader "Salva Kiir" and his Jieng Council of bullshit have turned South Sudan into a shithouse. Although, I am not an Equatorian, I strongly support Jubaone idea of Equatexit.

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  • 18 May 15:14, by JUR ATHÏT

    Naath, a food lover nyamnyam is no different with naath who eat marial-nyang. I am 100% sure JCE will skin you alive.

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  • 18 May 16:13, by Mookachaar Jieng

    South Sudan President Salva Kiir has unveiled conditions for a future peace agreement, saying he would not accept any agreement creating two armies, dissolution of the security sector and the return of his former frits deputy in government and party in an official capacity.Hahahahaha!!Why kiir you talk like a one year child ?talking in your own world and vacuum?

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    • 18 May 16:24, by Mookachaar Jieng

      Let us take the light example between North and South Sudan Peace Talk. Bashir did not want Dr.Garang De MABIOR in Naivasha peace talks, no SPLA/M forces would come to Khartoum, Let Dr.John Garang came to Khartoum as a normal citizen of Sudan. Could this statement make a sense?
      Who will be the leader of SPLA/M? where are the SPLA Forces remain? Who would select the SPLA/M Leader?

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      • 18 May 16:31, by Mookachaar Jieng

        This is the same to Khartoum Peace, no one will select the SPLA-IO Leader but only SPLA/M-IO movement who have right to have their visionary leader who will not be denied by anybody.No one will sign the peace deal with your govt in Addis is only SPLA/M-IO under the overall leadership of Dr.Riek and South Sudanese other parties. If you don,t want a peace, please just say no and you will see

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  • 18 May 21:06, by JUR ATHÏT

    Mookachar nuer, we have seen enough from the visionless rebels of Riek, fake warnings can’t work here. Secondly, you can’t compare John Garang’s movement with one tribe rebellion. SPLA/M of John Garang was well founded with vision and objectives to achieve. But how about riek who follow false prophecies of ngundeng, does he has a vision for IO?

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  • 18 May 22:14, by Eastern

    Folks,

    Let’s meet here in Tonj at Manhiem Bol’s ’hotel’ .........I had a lond drive from Tonj East today.

    Thank you!

    The Eastern Rock

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  • 19 May 06:46, by MD from far East

    Apparently the effort of IGAD will not work if all this shit condition are placed ,NO HOPE FOR PEACE: DCE couldn’t give us better Idea I know, Please give peace chance put your grave Interest out this time , we need to reform now before Election

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  • 20 May 06:32, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Look. He talks as if he owns the country. The country is not your property. It is neither the property of your father nor your mother. you therefore do not have key for any citizen to enter or exit the country.

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