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IGAD mediator excludes non-armed groups from talks with South Sudan holdouts: PDM


Ismail Wais, IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan, briefs the Security Council on 27 February 2018 (UN Photo)

March 14, 2019 (JUBA) - The opposition People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) Thursday said they have been excluded from the consultations process conducted by the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan with non-signatories.

Ismail Wais recently held a series of meeting with the Gen Thomas Cirilo Swaka of the National Salvation Front (NAS), Gen Paul Malong of South Sudan United Front (SSUF) to discuss ways to join the revitalized peace agreement.

NAS did not issue a statement after the meeting but the SSUF said willing to join the process and hold discussions on this respect with the government.

Also, the South Sudan National Democratic Alliance (SSNDR) which gathers the non-signatory groups of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) including PDM and NAS among others did not issue a statement on the matter.

However, the PDM leader Hakim Dario said in a letter sent to Wais seen by Sudan Tribune on Thursday that the IGAD mediator met only with the armed groups and excluded his party and all the other political formation that rejected the revitalized peace pact.

"The selective consultations with NAS, SSUF/A and Oyai Deng is seemingly because they are all military generals with the potential to use armed means if not already doing so as in the case of NAS against Government aggression on their positions in Yei," said Dario.

The opposition leader further contested the "discriminatory" approach of the mediator.

"The partiality of your office (...) is regrettable and is grossly unfair and inconsistent with IGAD’s directives to your office," he further went to say.

In an extraordinary meeting held in November 2018, the IGAD Council of Ministers directed its special envoy for South Sudan to reach out to the South Sudanese stakeholders and any warring groups who are not signatories to the R-ARCSS to join in its implementation.

The Council further threatened to label the non-signatory groups as "spoilers of the peace process" if they persist in their rejection.


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  • 15 March 08:39, by Landlord

    Mr. Dario,
    The country is ruled by Animals this time round, as a result for one to mediate properly you should behave like animals too. If you want your voice heard by so called authorities in south Sudan, use gun. likewise IGAD can only listen you when you have a gun. for your information this weak government in Juba dispatched some Jenge to seven different countries to carry assassinations

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    • 15 March 08:46, by Landlord

      Cont... of oppositions before they come back to Juba this may. please Dario don’t expect something good out of this rotten government totally. I swear you won’t see better south Sudan again. the best option is what we have already started with Gen Thomas. Trust me no peace will ever come to this country under jenge regime and they it very well. Have you ever heard of peace in Tonj, Rumbek, Yirol

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      • 15 March 08:51, by Landlord

        in the history of Sudan or else where? have you ever heard that the jenges sat down and solved problem in history? have you ever heard single Jenge boy being praised in any part of the world for doing right thing with sound mind. Don’t even think of discussing with animals. Trust me. they themselves are not at peace, how can they bring peace to you.

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    • 15 March 08:47, by jubaone

      If the rest wanted to carryout similar liquidation in Juba against them, that would be very easy. Most, if not all the legitimate targets are in Juba. We know where they live, socialize, movements and can track them and bam 👊. There are already people on the ground in Juba who just need some$ and logistics. So don’t worry.

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      • 15 March 08:56, by Landlord


        I know very well, their days are numbered as I speak now. it will get them by surprise. I am within Juba already. wait for miracles. they have become more then the shit itself.
        I am tired of Jenge.

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    • 15 March 09:07, by Midit Mitot


      The book has already closed, any crocheter talking nonsense against revitalized peace agreement is out.

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      • 15 March 11:15, by South South

        Oh, so, the PDM leader Hakim Dario wants to talk to IGAD, wants to talk to our government for peace. Welcome Hakim. We are all for peace.

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    • 15 March 12:26, by Joyuma John

      Dear Landlord and Jubaone,
      you can not afford to bring Jieng to their knee, please surrender your integrity to them and join them in peace instead of war they can finish your dear life for nothing.

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      • 15 March 12:41, by jubaone

        Umjuma John
        I am not a jienge so don’t expect me to give in. I just want jienge savages to go back and develop their luaks and let us develop our Equatoria. What is difficult here to understand huh jienge? You can’t enjoy your meal when flies are hovering all around you. MTN is all over. Disgusting.

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        • 15 March 14:09, by Joyuma John

          AM not even a Jieng, but I have read a lot of your comments here and there, but I did not even see a single impact to be proud about, my advice to all of us let us give peace and unity a chance regardless at which region we fall under.

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          • 15 March 14:48, by Midit Mitot


            We true IO and IG are compromising for the safe of South Sudanese and it’s up to those who does not comply with this revitalized peace accord. Those of Cirrilo and Jubaone alone they will surrender sooner.

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          • 15 March 14:55, by Midit Mitot


            We true IO and IG are compromising for the safe of South Sudanese and it’s up to those who does not comply with this revitalized peace accord. Leave alone those of Cirrilo and Jubaone they will surrender sooner, Nyam-Nyam alone can not tolerate even three years movement in the bush.

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            • 15 March 15:03, by jubaone

              Midit aka misfit
              You jienge or nyagat loser, then why still hiding your ass outside SS? Still waiting for free nyam nyam lazy mongrel? If you’re a nyagat, then go tell your fellow relatives in POC that peace has come and they can go back to their luaks. UN should stop giving free nyam nyam. Work hard lazy idiot. Cirillo wants to help you.

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            • 15 March 15:09, by jubaone

              Midit aka misfit
              Gen Cirillo wants you to go and develop yourselves and not wait to be fed like babies. Wake up giant baboon. For how long will UN be feeding you uh? Now you live your miserable refugee life in Uganda or Kenya. They developed their countries but nyagat and jienge idiots just like to fight and steal like wild baboons. Miscreants.

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  • 15 March 21:13, by Eastern

    IGAD knows it too well that IF YOU ARE NOT ARMED AND DEADLY, South Sudan is not the country you can make a case for...! I am in agreement with the MONKEY THEORY - I won’t state it here though....

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    • 15 March 22:08, by South South


      You people are really very funny and no one should take you seriously because all of you from Karo are jokes. Isn’t you and other monkey who sing everyday, Equatoria, Equatoria, Equatoria? If IGAD met with Cirillo, why should they meet again with Hakim? Isn’t you and other monkeys who tell us everyday that Hakim and Cirillo have united to fight for separation of Equatoria from South Suda

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      • 16 March 06:59, by Eastern

        South South,

        Isn’t you has killed it! What’s your obsession with Karo. Eastern is Eastern and Thomas Cirilo doesn’t represent Karo but those opposed to the sham pact negotiated under coercion in Khartoum. Let’s see who emergies out of this conundrum! The JCE regime is already panicky when it asked Uganda to stop rebels from recruiting South Sudanese refugees.

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