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Signing ceremony of the Security Arrangements agreement in Khartoum on 6 July 2018 (Photo Suna)
July 8, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s foreign minister El-Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed said talks on the outstanding issues in the implementation of South Sudan peace agreement will continue in Khartoum for additional three days.

The Khartoum round of talks between the South Sudanese parties on the outstanding issues in security arrangements and governance chapters of the 2015 peace agreement was initially scheduled to conclude on 9 July.

El-Dirdeiry disclosed the extension of Khartoum peace talks until 12 July during a meeting with the European, Troika and UN diplomats in the Sudanese capital after one-day marathon talks in Entebbe, Uganda on the outstanding issues in the governance chapter.

During the Entebbe meeting, President Omer al-Bashir and President Yoweri Museveni successfully persuaded President Salva Kiir to reinstitute Riek Machar in his position as First Vice President. In return, the SPLM-IO accepted the creation of a fourth position of vice-president for Taban Deng Gai, who chairs an SPLM-IO splinter faction and currently the FVP of South Sudan.

Also, all the members of the opposition negotiating teams who were transported to Kampala for the one-day meeting agreed to increase the number of cabinet ministers to 45 of which 30 posts go to the government, 10 to the SPLM-IO and 5 to the other opposition groups.

In addition, the parliament members have been increased to 550 MPs. the current parliament 400 + 100 for the SPLM-IO and 50 for the other opposition groups.

The Sudanese top diplomat in his second meeting with Troika and the EU diplomats detailed the agreement reached in Uganda on Saturday and briefed the foreign diplomats about the whole Khartoum round which started on 25 June.

He further said the purpose of the extension of talks until the 12 July is to allow the parties to complete all the issues on the agenda of the negotiations.

On Sunday there were reports about the rejection of the outcome of Entebbe meeting by some groups among the South Sudan Opposition Alliance, saying it accepted all the demands of the South Sudanese government especially the post of the forth first vice president.

But the South Sudanese spokesperson Micheal Makuei Lueth announced in statements from Khartoum to the South Sudanese TV on Sunday that the final agreement on the governance is expected to be signed on 11 July.

Minister El-Dirdeiry said Entebbe meetings, which also included a summit between the three heads of states, reflects the determination of the Sudanese and Ugandan leadership to work together for peace in South Sudan.

He added that the coordination between al-Bashir and Museveni led to the signing of the security arrangements agreement in Khartoum on 6 July and the compromise reached in Kampala on the principles of an agreement on the power-sharing during the transitional period.

The foreign minister called on the international community to show their support to Khartoum round so as to achieve stability, security and peace in South Sudan.

In a statement issued on 29 June, the Troika countries welcomed the Khartoum Declaration of Agreement signed on 27 June and called for full implementation of the ceasefire agreement.

However, the US ambassador to the United Nations Security Council submitted last Thursday during a consultations meeting on South Sudan sanctions regime a draft resolution providing to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and to impose targeted sanctions on South Sudanese officials accused of spoiling efforts to achieve peace.

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  • 9 July 00:49, by lino

    Hahaa! 4th VP for Taban Deng? How comes he is an independent entity now while he emerged his SPLM-IO into SPLM-Kiir?
    Did he rebelled again?!!!
    I thought he will be the Oil Minister after this revitalization now? Where is party percentage going to be allocated? Could be with Opposition in the Government?!

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    • 9 July 01:52, by choldit

      Lino, our people are getting mad. How could Dr Machar accept those two shameful demands by the govt, inflation of numbers of lawmakers and cabinets. Taban is a part of Govt. The govt is struggling to pay the 450 lawmakers we have.

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      • 9 July 02:52, by South South

        Childish,
        We are also very mad for our president to accepted Riak to be reinstated as first vice president, but remember this is peace. It means you take and give. Some rebel think they will just take and call it peace. To bring peace, you make painful decisions because country is bigger than individuals.

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        • 9 July 02:53, by South South

          Correction: I mean choldit. My smart phone is crazy. It changes words.

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        • 9 July 03:58, by Games

          South South
          You no have choices, but accept the defeated. Can you sing us those verses that mention Dr. Riek Machar is done for politics and would never set his foot South Sudan soils.

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          • 9 July 07:59, by South South

            Games,
            Our army is controlling the country, very town and city in our hands. Riak will be second man to Kiir. Kiir will be on top of him. 4 vices president will divide the duties meaning Riak would have a little. We will have 30 ministers while Riak will have 10. We will have 300 members of parliament while Riak will have 100. Now some with brain can tell us here who has the lion share. In additio

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            • 9 July 08:06, by South South

              Continue: in addition to that Riak will come to Juba to be with us. He MUST change completely and deliver peace or he is a chicken coming home to Roost. I know peace is take and give and it is painful to see Riak sitting in J1, but we have reduce his power by have 4 vices president, so will have 5 men in J1, 3 of them are from US, so what will happen if there is voting in that situation?

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              • 9 July 09:39, by Games

                South South
                Wake up, you are behind on news. M7 proposals were rejected by IO and Oppositions alliances. We are not in the hurry to accept this suicide deals from Uganda

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                • 9 July 11:51, by South South

                  Games,
                  You see why I call you mentally retarded. If Riek’s UP refused proposal from Kampala, why are dancing for Riak to be reinstated as first vice president. We don’t care about what rebels like or don’t like.

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              • 9 July 14:00, by jubaone

                SS a country full of ministers, governors and generals. Good for nothing and just idiots.

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                • 9 July 14:05, by South South

                  Jubaone, rebels want to be ministers, governors and members of parliament, tell me why there are 16 factions of rebels in South Sudan today? What are they fighting for? If they are against Kiir, there is one Kiir as a president in South Sudan. We do not have 16 Kiir’s as president. You need to put your question to your rebels jubaone, not me.

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      • 9 July 03:50, by Games

        Choldit
        All good things this country needs would comes out from this peaces process. After three years, South Sudan will belong to all 64 tribes. The entirely Dinka SPL that they are using bullying others would be completely dissolved and become a national army that will protect all of us.
        For the points of too many VPs, Taban was fools by Kenya, Uganda governments with the help of B

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        • 9 July 03:54, by Games

          7 Taban Deng was fools by Kenya and Uganda governments with the help of Barack Abama administration to be the where he is now, thinking that in first place Machar is the main causes of this current war.

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    • 9 July 01:57, by The Rhino

      Listen,
      This idea of 4 vice presidents is utterly nonsense!Where on earth does a single country have multiple vice presidents?This is a total mockery and an insult to our starving citizens in this country.Whose bloody idea is this crap?First of all,to have a vice president the country needs to have a legitimate president elected by the people for the people.This Kiir is definitely not a ....

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      • 9 July 02:03, by The Rhino

        ...legitimate president.He is an opportunist and imposter who thrusted himself as ’president’ in the middle of all chaos orchestrated by him and his tribal mentors the JCEs.If at all any vice president then 3 in total,provided that South Sudan is sliced into three regions(Equatoria,Upper Nile and Bahr El Gazal),this makes more sense.

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      • 9 July 03:01, by South South

        The Rhino,
        Kiir is a president of South Sudan because he liberated South Sudan from fake Arabs. He doesn’t need any support from computer keyboard fighters. He has his people behind him, huge numbers of people. He has one of the best army in Africa behind him. He is a real man to lead. Whether you like it or not, he will lead our country for 3 more years, then comes election for people of South Su

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        • 9 July 03:07, by South South

          Continue: Then comes election for people of South Sudan to decide. This is the only place Kiir can be changed. Peace is not easy, it comes with painful decisions. Anyone who wants to lead South Sudan must wait for an election. Writing a few words in internet will do no good to South Sudan. Sweet, sweet

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          • 9 July 12:00, by Lokoli

            South South you are sick. Who elected the president??? Shame on you for being very low individual. You are the beneficiaries from this bloody war in our country. All the stolen goods and house you occupied will be taken from whether you like or not.

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            • 9 July 12:17, by South South

              Lokoli,
              I am very well protected, no one can touch me. I am against land grabbing and I am against corruption. My problem is with wicked rebels. They need to understand that we will not put up with their wicked plans to destroy our country. We will deal with them with severe hit and crush them. Did I make myself clear to you a little monkey?

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        • 9 July 10:05, by The Rhino

          South South,

          Your tribal chief Kiir has no ’best army in Africa’,keep your jienge nonsense for yourself.95% of these gunmen are,thugs,rapists,murderers,malnourished jienges who ran for months without salaries and now resort to thievery,robbery as means of survival.Have you ever heard of ’unknown gunmen’ here in Juba?Are these ’one of your best armies in Africa’ ya MTN?Kiir has huge number of ....

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          • 9 July 10:11, by The Rhino

            South South,
            ...people behind him b’cos many of you jienges are irrational people.You never reason,think or take decisions independently when confronted with threatening political situations like now in South Sudan.You have turned this country into a shithole but still are convinced that things are good,there’s no war or rebels and the economy is booming.This is your rotten jienge logic...

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            • 9 July 10:19, by The Rhino

              South South,
              ...Count one to three and save us all your garbage.Nothing will change here in South Sudan if Kiir remains ’leader’.He is unfit and dysfunctional,deal with it.

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              • 9 July 11:55, by South South

                The Rhino,
                Yes, SPLA is one of the best army in Africa. Egypt is leading. Ethiopia, Algeria, South Africa, Nigeria, even Sudan is above us, but we are there as one of the army in Africa, you don’t like it, your own problem.

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                • 9 July 12:00, by South South

                  The Rhino,
                  We don’t care about people who are crying under their computer. We have our country in our hands. Sing, dance, jump and cry, all of them are not our business. Our business is our country. Did I make myself clear to you monkey?

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                  • 9 July 15:04, by The Rhino

                    South South,

                    What about Ugandan Army(UPDF)?You forgot to mention the very army protecting your naked as* in jienge republic called South Sudan.How about Kenyan Army?See,you are such an uninformed moron,a real butthead!The many mercenaries hired by your incompetent Kiir are the ones reading,executing the sophisticated war codes in the military.Its true you were protected since day one b’cos you...

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                    • 9 July 15:09, by The Rhino

                      South South,
                      ...jienges are big cowards who can’t protect themselves,let alone feed or think for themselves,just worthless.Lazy and useless people like you can never be leaders.You only know how to open your big mouths for stolen food and talking nonsense, ’ya arian jienge gudwal’ MTN.

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                    • 9 July 15:18, by South South

                      The Rhino,
                      I said SPLA is one of the best army in Africa. I did not say SPLA is no.1 in Africa. We are the best army and people who look like monkeys need to understand that.you cry as you want, but if you do try to come close to us. God forbid, monkey shit will smelled from very far.

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                      • 9 July 16:23, by The Rhino

                        South South,
                        What is this talking about monkeys here and there all the time?Speaking of primates,have you ever studied your ugly jienge face in front of a mirror and wondered the heavy butchering and disfigurement on your f**king face?We deal with skunks like you just as they deserve it,on the ground or online.Teeth for teeth,eye for an eye,get it ya himaar jienge?

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                        • 9 July 17:52, by South South

                          The Rhino,
                          We are the best and brightest fighters of South Sudan. We are here to make South Sudan a great country in Africa. Rebellion has been crushed, but there is a room for losers to come back to South Sudan. We will not touch them because they are weak. Who will harm weak people like you? Go peace, go South Sudan, go SPLA.

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                          • 9 July 19:18, by The Rhino

                            South South,

                            You are the best and vivid example of savages still struggling with the human chain of evolution but not best or any brightest fighters.The pandemonium and level of primitivity you jienges have caused on the ground tells it all that you animals are totally valueless and of no good to any human society.Some few more years from now you jienges will only turn South Sudan into ...

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                            • 9 July 19:28, by The Rhino

                              South South,

                              ..a reeking footstool of human civilization,a dump station for all to come and piss upon.God forbid,people like us(Jubaone,Eastern,The Rhino and many other active silent Equatorians and enthusiasts) whether on the ground or online will never ever let that happen,getting this country and dearly Equatoria that low,NO!You jienge bast**ds only think how to fill your goddamn stomachs,an..

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                              • 9 July 19:32, by The Rhino

                                South South,

                                ...instinct which is best exhibited among reptiles and wild animals,no brain,no vision,no nothing.Just eat,sleep and shit,did you get this ya MTN?

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        • 9 July 14:08, by jubaone

          South South
          An illiterate group of village savages dressed up in army uniform to be one of the best armies? That is jienge standards. Armed savages who steal computers and mistake them for TVs? An army of foot soldiers unable to drive an APC? Fly a fighter plane fearful of high altitude? An army without engineering and medical corps? Ill disciplined, criminals and rapists and armed gangs?

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          • 9 July 15:26, by South South

            Jubaone,
            You can shit your monkey poop somewhere, but you can come close to us. You us very well, that why you ran away from South Sudan. We really do not have time waste with coward people.Action job is what we know. Under computer and keyboard war is not in our genes. We are fighters and we are very brave people.

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            • 9 July 15:31, by South South

              Correction: you can not come close to us. You know us very well. We are SPLA, we are one of the best army in Africa, we are the leaders of our country and we are everything to South Sudan. Go peace, go South Sudan

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          • 9 July 17:04, by The Rhino

            Jubaone,

            ’Armed savages who steal computers and mistake them for TVs...that was a good one! I even wonder how these jienges can operate those things?Just losers,what a curse to the country.

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    • 9 July 02:44, by South South

      Lino,
      Total you yesterday that the only post left for vice is a position to be given to a woman in opposition ticket, but want Lam to have that, now change him to be a woman to get 4th vice president.as for Taban to be vice president, it is obvious majority of Riak’s IO defected with Taban. Taban deserves it like other rebels

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      • 9 July 02:46, by South South

        Correction: I mean I told you yesterday.

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      • 9 July 08:40, by lino

        Ya Junubi Junubi,

        The proposal didn’t say 3rd VP for woman; it did say they hope one of Vices should be woman. The 3rd Vice was mentioned to be for oppositions and 1st Vice for Riek. Now Kiir has 2 vices for his party SPLM-Kiir so if he care about women in the country and wanted to Kiir Taban in 4th; then Wani has to resign and give his ticket away!!
        Why Nuer has 2 vices in a country that has 64!

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        • 9 July 12:12, by South South

          Lino,
          That is ok, let us give 2 vices president Nuer from Upper Nile. Let’s give 2 remaining vices president for Equatoria. This is just to make peace work.

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        • 9 July 14:52, by lino

          Correction: wanted to keep Taban..

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    • 9 July 13:56, by jubaone

      Lino
      Dr Riak would be an idiot, if he accepted the terms dictated to him by M7 and Bashir to accept nus jellaba Taban as another VP. Taban’s faction is part of the regime and is not anything new. Jienges and nyagats are two sides of the same shit. Equatorians must just focus on ourselves and work toward Kokora. Riak’s PhD appears to have no relevance in good decision making processes.

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      • 9 July 14:12, by South South

        Jubaone, ooop, I thought you adore PhD holders. South Suda. Was liberated by AK-47. Your shit called Kokora you ca. Put it in your toilet and want you eat monkey, you clean yourself with it. Go peace, go South Sudan.

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        • 9 July 14:13, by South South

          Continue: I mean when you eat monkey.

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  • 9 July 03:07, by salah

    I have news that the number of ministers will be reduced in the next two days. As for the president and four Vice Presidents, I think it is a unique idea that may just work in SS. There is a lot of diversity there and this may be an outstanding group if they work in harmony. Think of it as a Supreme Counsel if you will. Five people working together.

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    • 9 July 03:10, by salah

      Now if they don’t work together then everything will collapse again and they have no one to blame but themselves. I also have news the number of states will be reduced to 28 and there will be an upper chamber representing the states. All unique ideas that may the beloved SS from this dark pit.

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      • 9 July 03:12, by salah

        That may pull the beloved SS from this dark pit.

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        • 9 July 03:19, by salah

          Then may be SS can help Sudan with all its problems. We are all in this together more than you think.

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  • 9 July 10:45, by Jiokrial

    4 Vice president, 45 Ministers, 550 PM and 32 States, while the whole civil population are dying of hunger for this senseless war, What a Country!!!!!!!!!!!!. Oh Lord have mercy on your people in South Sudan.

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  • 9 July 15:03, by lino

    The other point I wanted to make is that Politicians in SS are inexperienced in SS except few handful! It will be very hard for them to implement anything if not every written documents!
    Therefore, President Bashir and M7 should be custodians for these politicians for implementation.
    Sudan PCA of 2005 proved that SPLM under Kiir was just on driver’s seat!!!

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    • 9 July 20:40, by lino

      Also, the Transitional Period should be 3-5 years, but everyone participated in the Presidency "President and his 4 Vices" should not be allowed to run for any of these offices in the next election; let say after 5 years. They can have their try out in next 10 years.
      Also, all who will be running for the Presidency Offices after the transitional Period, should between "40-55" year old!!!

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