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S. Sudan rebels boycott talks over non-implementation of agreements


February 10, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The South Sudanese rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM/A In Opposition) have announced a boycott of the second round of the peace talks with the government scheduled for Monday, 10 February.

Head of the rebel delegation General Taban Deng Gai signs a ceasefire to end more than five weeks of fighting in South Sudan after negotiations in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, January 23, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Birahnu Sebsibe)

The rebels led by the former vice-president, Riek Machar, have accused the government led by president Salva Kiir of violating the cessation of hostilities agreement which would have paved way for the next phase in the process.

In a press statement issued by the head of the rebels delegation, Taban Deng Gai, from the Ethiopian capital, the SPLM/A In Opposition said all the political detainees should have been released to join the peace process in Addis Ababa.

"The release of the eleven political detainees has not been honoured as provided for in the signed ‘Release of Political Detainees Agreement’. While detention of seven (7) of the detainees has been shifted from Juba to Nairobi, Kenya, four (4) of them are still under detention to-date," partly reads the statement.

He said they should be allowed to join the political dialogue and choose which side to join or stay neutral.

Kenyan has reportedly succumbed to president Salva Kiir who prevented from leaving Nairobi for Addis Ababa the 7 recently released leaders despite their official invitation to the talks by the mediators of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

The rebels further criticised the government for ‘ignoring repeated requests by the International Community, including the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and the Troika – US, UK and Norway.’

The SPLM/A In Opposition also called for an inclusive political dialogue and reconciliation process which they said should include representatives from various sections of the South Sudanese society, including "SPLM party leaders, elected representatives of the people, the civil society, religious leaders and intellectuals."

The statement reiterated the demand for the withdrawal of the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) from South Sudan as a pre-condition for the resumption of the second round of the peace talks per the Cessation of Hostilities agreement.

The rebel chief negotiator therefore announced that they will not participate in the second round of the peace talks until all their demands which are stipulated in the agreements are implemented, including the total freedom and release of all their colleagues in Nairobi and Juba.

"In the light of the forgoing evidence, we are hereby informing all parties, the International Community, the IGAD Peace Mediators, the African Union and the United Nations, that we are abstaining from participating in the next round of peace talks, which are scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa today 10/2/2014...," the statement further said.

Both the South Sudanese government and its partner in the war, Uganda, have downplayed the implementation of the withdrawal of the UPDF, saying until stability returned to South Sudan.

Thousands of people died and nearly a million displaced following the 7-weeks violence, which erupted on 15 December initially between units of the presidential guards in Juba.


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  • 10 February 2014 14:44, by Konkooc

    fuck taban
    no release for four criminals who are charged with treason.

    • 10 February 2014 14:58, by Mi diit

      Mrs. Akiir Mayardit will NEVER implement any agreement as long as her husband, the mad dog of the great lakes region, Museveni, still sleeps with him in bed. Museveni controls Mrs. Akiir’s decisions by a remote control. UPDF will not withdraw until next time when they are defeated. "Let them strike first before they are struck down."

      • 10 February 2014 17:05, by omoni jr.

        Thank you Lt Gen.Taban Deng Gai for standing firm and resist the devils of Dinka kiir,Gogrial gangster,mobs mafia who murdered innocent people in juba ,malakal and Bor for"B". Dinka gov’t goes not know about this. HIV positives gangsters from Uganda must leave our land.And Dinka with HIV carriers must leave for Uganda immediately. M7 fucked all of you and you gonna bring deadly virus to our soil.

      • 10 February 2014 19:27, by Nyesi Ta

        M7 is a gay coz he refused to sign the homo bill into law.

        • 10 February 2014 20:49, by Tibs

          Criminal Taban or Weak
          This what IGAD chief said, But Seyoum Mesfin, chief mediator for the regional IGAD bloc leading the negotiations, said the statement was at odds with previous stance and promises from Machar, a former vice president.
          "It contradicts the commitment of their leader who assured the envoys...that he would not put those demands and positions as a condition. That would be tantamo

          • 10 February 2014 20:52, by Tibs

            to holding hostage the people and the nation because of those demands," Seyoumn told reporters in Addis Ababa. You’ll faced defects or surrender.....you will be isolated International

            • 11 February 2014 05:35, by Mi diit

              The same Seyoum Mesfin yesterday accepted the demand by Gen Taban Deng Gai and clearly stated that the 7 political detainees will come to Addis in 24 hours. Which is which now????????

              • 11 February 2014 05:38, by Mi diit

                axle (down there),
                Yeah of course, there are homosexuals in Africa and Museveni is one of them. Look, he refused to sign into law banning of homosexually in Uganda because he is one of the beneficiaries. So his relationship with the new wife, Mrs. Akiir Mayardit, is not affected by the failed law against homosexuality.

      • 10 February 2014 19:48, by axle

        Mi dit, I thought you’re pathetic but I think you’re just like any other homosexual who thinks it’s normal for a man to have relations with a fellow man. Stand warned fella, this is Africa.

      • 10 February 2014 20:29, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Paul Chadrack,
        Do you expect the article to begin supporting the violent rebellion of Dr. Fool Riek Machar Teny? It’s still one of the best articles ever written by Beny Gideon Mabor although it represents his opinion about the genesis of the problem and ends with recommendations but you need to write yours so that readers can analyze it and make comments whether they agree with you or not.

        • 10 February 2014 20:31, by Adodi Jotuwa

          You, Mi diit, Kim Deng, Omoni jr. name the rest, have become addicted to making negative comments on government. You know very well that Dr. Fool Riek Machar has been looking for leadership position only since he joined SPLM/A and proved it in 1991 without sustaining the war in the bush but ended up in Khartoum and returned alone to SPLM/A in 2002, leaving his followers in Khartoum.

          • 10 February 2014 20:33, by Adodi Jotuwa

            If SPLA/M was not democratized, what about SSIM, the Nasir faction? Why did Dr. Fool Riek Machar come back to undemocratic movement? Because of what Beny Gideon’s put it in his words that “They know every well that there will be no justice and accountability at end of the day, but rather the Government will pay back by appeasement, pardon, general amnesty and finally integration…

            • 10 February 2014 20:35, by Adodi Jotuwa

              …into military and political structure of the government as commanders and constitutional post holders.” You yourself know this perfectly well which tribe in South Sudan involved in this kind of proxy war fought against their own brothers and sisters in the South through formation of militia groups compared to other tribes. Where did it take them and what did they benefit from it?

              • 10 February 2014 20:36, by Adodi Jotuwa

                We know how it was perceived by the people who undertook the destructive project in Khartoum to be a life-line but not for alleged democratic transformation because the project continued even after inking CPA. They did not dream of dialoguing with their political opponents at the end of the day, but to continue winning the unwinnable battle/war because of self-proclaimed warriors?

                • 10 February 2014 20:38, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  If we live in the West or in one of the developed countries, let’s read, understand, analyze political history of individual countries whether we’ll find some people in the like of Dr. Fool Riek Macahr won any battles other than destruction or later won election regardless of track record or ended up in prison or sentenced to death in a court of law?

                  • 10 February 2014 20:39, by Adodi Jotuwa

                    Among those who have been shifting allegiance at their disposal or resorted to forming militia groups, nobody identified himself as a nationalist because of continued engagement in competitive destruction and killing of their own brothers and sisters in South Sudan just to win Khartoum’s support. The time has already come to prove their nationalism,..

                    • 10 February 2014 20:40, by Adodi Jotuwa

                      ... abide by the rule of law and stay peacefully with their families as South Sudanese in South Sudan and to be ready to defend the country from foreign aggression and its Constitution for the next generation. Failure to stay peacefully on one side during the war and interim period to learn how to reason politically, culturally, socially and economically...

                      • 10 February 2014 20:45, by Adodi Jotuwa

                        ... or position themselves and participate in nation building is a chronic problem that must be resolved through justice and accountability. Where I disagree with Beny Gideon is how he describes the NCRC as a flawed process. If constitution were to be written permanent, there would been no amendment made in the US Constitution because men are not equal.

                        • 10 February 2014 20:47, by Adodi Jotuwa

                          Constitution can be written and reviewed regularly to fit the political, economic, cultural and above all social environment. We don’t need to remind ourselves why it’s called Transitional Constitution (TC). Does it not mean that it’s in the process of becoming permanent in the future? When did US attain its Independence and why did its Constitution become permanent in the 1960s.

                          • 10 February 2014 20:51, by Adodi Jotuwa

                            Regarding Dr. Fool Riek Machar, he’s a friend of the Ugandan LRA rebel leader Joseph Kony, who committed war crime and crime against humanity. If RSS’s Government, IGAD or AU and international community fail to handle Dr. Fool Riek Machar effectively, he will continue creating preconditions over preconditions while the people of South Sudan will continue bearing the brunt.

                            • 10 February 2014 20:52, by Adodi Jotuwa

                              In the end we will all blame ourselves after historic and catastrophic destructions of lives, properties and livelihood are done on the very watch of RSS Government, regional or continental bodies and international community because Dr. Fool Riek reads the prospects of his political career better than anybody else on the planet as his friend Joseph Kony has been comfortably playing with peace talk

      • 11 February 2014 07:40, by wacjak

        Traitor Machar and idiots shall sweat it out in the bush while their fellows are dying day and night because of hunger. You caused it guys so, reap it. Unfortunate, Bashir is not going to listen to Traitor and will not accept to be betrayed by this filthy idiot. Enjoy bush life or come back and get axed in the head with your corrupt and naive supporters. Am relieved that this guy is dead political

      • 11 February 2014 08:05, by Big Boy

        Dear Omoni/Midiit
        And to all Food-lover nuer!!Riak with their fellow food-lover men i think you have nothing to discuss for peace in Ethip.just a matter of time waste with IGAD team in Ethiopia no talks,i aruge who had taken arm against their own peoples to came back home instead waiting relief food to be delivery at expense of civilian.pls feel free and came home to enjoy dollar,laxuries and etc

    • 10 February 2014 16:09, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Dear Democracy Force.
      Thanks alot for ur waiting this day, lat we fight for kirr Gov’t till he will step down.
      from today on word no stop Gun shot.
      Dr. Machar Oyee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Dr.Majak D’Agot Oyee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Pagan Amum Oyeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Let we fight for our freedom, Freedom, Freedom

    • 10 February 2014 16:52, by omoni jr.

      Dinka mean Death.
      Kiir and museveni will kill you for nothing but power greediness,The incompetent museveni wife will eventually die for heart attacked this week.

    • 10 February 2014 17:16, by Johndumo14

      The United Nations, the European Union and the Troika – US, UK and Norway.
      These world powers must leave African alone to handle their
      own problems!!
      These world powers want to dictate who who should be the next president in any African countries?
      T%he are sitting in London ,NY york and telling the African`s president do this,dob`t do that ,those days are over!!

    • 10 February 2014 17:32, by Johndumo14

      The rebels are giving conditions after conditions,they are not serious about peace,they want Ugandan troops to withdraw
      so what can they do? To defeat the government so that they install Dr Riek Machar to the next s.sudan presidet? This is their dream? The more this war continue the more Nuer will suffer,because most of rebels are form nuer,generals,rebels army,all leaders are from Nuer,tribolism

    • 11 February 2014 00:32, by Johndumo14

      What will the rebels do now?
      The 4 remaining prisoners will not be released!!
      The 7 released prisoners in kenya will not be allowed to join peace talks in Addis Ababa!!
      Uganda troops will not move from away in front lines,bor,malakal,Bentiu!! Will the rebels call for President Obama to send troops to remove Uganda troops?
      The rainy season is coming,will they live in the Jungles with their wives?

    • 11 February 2014 00:53, by Johndumo14

      Dr Machar could face ICC!

    • 11 February 2014 01:06, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar must consul hia spiritual Leader now!!
      The Spiritual leader Ngun Deng will tell Dr Riek at he didn`t kill enough Dinkas.Inorder for you to be reconized by the great one to be the next and famous in the whole Africa the world you have to kill more Dinkas and you have to bring me a young Dinka girl for sarcrifice so that i can drink her blood or you will never,never be presidentofS.S

    • 11 February 2014 01:21, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Mqachar must understand that those governments jobs ,
      like ministers,presidents,vice presidents,are not permenant.When you are not doing your job right,the perliment has right to fire you,without any complains.
      You DR Riek Machar is showing a wrong example to our people,means any body from the top government position,when fired must rebeled or join rebellion,this is wrong!!

    • 11 February 2014 01:44, by Johndumo14

      If iam Dr Riek Machar,I will make plan (B)
      I make peace with the government, agree to What president Kiir says,Join the Goernment,to intergrate all my rebels army into south sudan army including the white army,and when peace returned to s.sudan,and by that time Ugandan troopm have withdraw back to ugamda,in 2015 I will make the final coup detaat,this time I have to make sure i kill Kiir+Igga+wives

    • 11 February 2014 04:24, by Bentiu son

      Congratulation’Gatnyakek’aka Lt Gen Taban Deng Gai n your nationalist team.Yes,since our badly demands of releasing 4 poltical detainees n completely withdrawal of foreign troops like UPDF,M23,JEM,SRF N SPLA-N are not met by genocidal regime of Salva Kiir n his yesmem/women, submissivers,crooks,comedians,tribal mindsets n corrupts than we will continue fighting till all those demands are honoured

      • 11 February 2014 04:34, by Bentiu son

        We will continue fighting hard till our long waiting democratic system,good governance,true federalism,freedom of expressions/speeches/movements,fair election n responsible/accountable/transferable government prevails across the country South Sudan.We will continue fighting till those murderers who butchered unarmed Nuer civilians are brought to books n those victims are compensated.

        • 11 February 2014 04:43, by Bentiu son

          We will continue fighting this imposed war till Dinka kingdom collapse n it illegitimate genocidal President Kiir Mayardit either step down peacefully or forcefully.We have reached the point of No u-turn with Dinkas genocidal regime,no stone will be left unturned this time since they are not serious about cessation of hostility signed in Addis Ababa.M7 invaders must leave SS territory.

    • 11 February 2014 04:34, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar Says He Wants to Bring Democracy, Equality to South Sudan.The big question is,where was he doing for the last 2 years as vice president of s.sudan???????
      Please stop your big mouth,stop this big lie to south sudanese people.Is better for you to make suicide-because god did`nt treat you right,your dreams to be president never comes true.May be you don`t treat people right!!!

    • 11 February 2014 04:43, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar said to BBC Tuesday that ,his wife will be vice president and Lado Gore will be the governor of Equatoria state!! And he said Salva Kiir and James Wani IGGA
      will be sentenced to DEATH not for killing Nuer Civilians in Juba,but for distroying his house in Juba and converted it to be a public TOILET.It is true the government built a public toilet on the place Dr Riek`shouse was before

  • 10 February 2014 14:46, by philipdit wol

    If Riek is completed negotiation let him be in where ever he may be and continue with other politics issue, releasing of detainess was not the cuase of lives for innocent people.

  • 10 February 2014 14:58, by Raanchol

    Nonsenses, absolutely nonsenses, Taban, remember properly the cause of the conflict and your aim of the failed coup attempt, it was not the release of the political detainees, withdrawal of UPDF and whatever shit you are saying, just take your AK47 and try shooting your mother’s clitoris again , you will see this time round, stupid & shut up your anus ya muofin intah.

    • 10 February 2014 16:00, by choldit

      You pple supporting Mrs. President Kirr have run out of reasoning that is reflected in ur comments directed at personal abuse. Are a nation becoze of UPDF is protecting Dinka pple and Dinka interest is SS? Is the participation of civil society in peace talk is wrong? Is the coupe really accepted by South Sudanese so those four pple shld be prosecuted?

    • 10 February 2014 17:21, by omoni jr.

      what is the last time you shot your mother and ate clitoris in front of your father? what is the last time you had sex with your mother and sister and your brother watching you to make sure you did it perfectly?? ya retarded mother fucker.

  • 10 February 2014 15:44, by Gatluak

    Fucken government of Kiir the killer. ....

    • 10 February 2014 16:11, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Dear Citizens of this country.
      Thanks alot for ur waiting this day, lat we fight for kirr Gov’t till he will step down.
      from today on word no stop Gun shot.
      Dr. Machar Oyee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Dr.Majak D’Agot Oyee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Pagan Amum Oyeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Let we fight for our freedom, Freedom, Freedom

  • 10 February 2014 16:14, by Majongdit

    Upon you please Taban. You either go for these talks or your Riek perishes out in that ruthless bush.

  • 10 February 2014 19:07, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Jr, Maopur or whatever is talking about that short guy, the lunatic with NCP stamp on his backside who is currently heading South Sudan ministry of heath. It is clear kiir can not survive a day without UPDF. Kiir is dragging his feet on this negotiation because UPDF is there to protect him on his power. he lost legitimacy and it is just matter of time for him to reconcile himself with that fact.

    • 11 February 2014 00:54, by Johndumo14

      Dr Machar could face ICC!

      • 11 February 2014 01:56, by Malakal county Simon

        Good move by the rebel side to boycott peace talks, since Kiir side is not willing for peace solution, but maybe they will listern through bullets..... Rebel make it very clear earlier during the first round of talk,hat if their demands of releasing remaining detainess, full withdrawall of Uganda and other mercenaries forces, and lastly resignation of illegal president....

        • 11 February 2014 02:02, by Malakal county Simon

          Failures to implement those conditions mention above, simply illegal president is not interested in peace talk.....

  • 11 February 2014 03:28, by Wicdail

    When it comes to correct the madness of African dictators by US, EU and their allies, those of JOHNDUMO14 and his likes will cry with blood to leave African. However, when it comes to food shortages, diseases, among others, the same dictators and murderers will cry with blood to seek help from US, EU and their allies to rescue their dirty assess. What a continent led by curse and bloody leaders

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