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South Sudan rebel leader rejects deployment of IGAD regional forces


March 14, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The leader of the South Sudan rebels, Riek Machar, has strongly rejected the proposed deployments of regional forces by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and warned to boycott the ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa, unless the decision was reversed.

South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar, gestures as he talks to his men in Jonglei state on 31 January 2014 (Reuters: Goran Tomasevic)

Machar condemned the proposed deployments of such forces, warning that it will widen and regionalize the current violent conflict which began as an internal misunderstanding in the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

"This is an unfortunate decision by IGAD to interfere in the internal conflict. We reject it and condemn it in the strongest terms. It is an attempt to regionalize the internal conflict," he told Sudan Tribune on Friday by phone from one of his bases in Upper Nile state.

The former vice president, turned rebel leader, said the decision questioned the neutrality of the IGAD member states in the conflict.

"If IGAD member states who mediate the peace talks want to interfere militarily in the conflict, we may rethink our participation in the talks," he warned.

He questioned whether the Uganda-led forces previously deployed by the African Union to the South Sudan’s state of Western Equatoria state did carry out their mandate as planned, adding that the IGAD member states should have learnt from them.

The African Union last year established a task-force composed of troops from Uganda and South Sudan to hunt down the rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the state. However, most of the Ugandan forces stationed in Western Equatoria have now shifted to Central Equatoria and Jonglei states to instead fight against the rebels led by Machar.

Machar said the decision was an attempt to replace the UPDF forces of Uganda with these multi-national forces.

He said the 15,000-strong peacekeepers of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) that are already in the country have the full mandate to protect civilians in crisis of such kind, adding it was unfortunate for IGAD to replicate the situation brought about by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).

Uganda which initially sent forces into South Sudan to help protect “vital infrastructures” ended up joining the military operations against the rebels.

In their 13 March final communiqué in the 25th extraordinary summit in Addis Ababa, IGAD heads of state resolved to deploy to South Sudan an unknown number of what they called Protection and Deterrent Force (PDF).

These forces would be selected from four countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi starting next month to protect oilfields and other "vital infrastructures" in the country.


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  • 14 March 2014 13:24, by DDooggaa

    Great fighter, don’t allow these shit troops of the week IGAD. Kiir MUST step down period.
    To fave peace in the Country, all political detainee must be set free.

    • 14 March 2014 13:37, by Bentiu son

      Bravo in struggle and father of nation Dr Machar Teny do not give up since the whole nation are rally behind you Sir.IGAD neutrality in this political/tribal/economical crises is questioned by many nationalist across the country.Why Kiir Mayardit imported more foreign troops to protect our national constitution,territorial integrity n our sovereignty rather by our national army SPLA?

      • 14 March 2014 13:44, by Bentiu son

        Look,the toothless IGAD members in their summit in Addis Ababa yesterday had reached into extend of appreciated destructive,invasion or genocidal roles played by UPDF troops,M23,Sudan rebels JEM,SPLA-N N SRF of Malik Agaar.Salva Kiir n his stooges in Juba should not bring regional forces which may economical clashes at home, Hell way with foreign troops which may fuel our internal conflict further

        • 14 March 2014 13:54, by Mi diit

          Big no to more foreign invasions. Big no to turning our country into a regional war theatre. Kiir must pay for this sell-out of our country to forces of hyenas who simply want to plunder our resources and fight for their own national interests. South Sudan is not a no-man’s land.
          "Door dang nguan bia ngu ku lel ciengda ci wang ben mi pal ke nien waar."

          • 14 March 2014 14:15, by Projector

            Mi Diit!!Is Machar having authority over IGAD? You are just a little baby crying for milk. Machar is talking about UNMISS because he knows they are smuggling for him arms, we even don’t want UNMISS either. Whether you like or not IGAD troops are already in the country. Go and cry with your donkey Master machar.

            • 14 March 2014 14:26, by Mi diit

              Kiir brings shame and more destruction to our country. He fears Riek Machar so much. He knows he would not have survived for the last 3 months without the Uganda army, which is now exhausted. He also knows he may not survive for the next 3 months unless he brings in more foreign troops to protect him. He doesn’t believe in SPLA or his ethnic militias to protect him. He is so desperate!

              • 14 March 2014 15:03, by Projector

                Mi Diit!! Am not talking about Kiir but Peace in RSS, Neither Kiir nor Machar can bring peace in South Sudan and UNMISS proved to be gangs in this country. So we see from our regional body whether they will be neutral or not instead of jumping in to conclusion we don’t want IGAD troops. Either Machar or Kiir is not the Voice of all S.Sudanese, we need peace in this Country.

              • 16 March 2014 11:34, by Johndumo14

                You WHO support Dr Riek are the losers I know most of you WHO support Dr Riek are from Nuer tribe ,tribolism rather than Nationalism,if you can see now WHO are the most people suffering?90 percent of the people suffering are the Nuer
                In Un camps around the country most are Nuer tribe
                The deployment of IGADtroops are to protect even your Nuer tribe of being killed by any angry soldiers or civilian

          • 15 March 2014 16:57, by BM-21

            MI Diit
            your food lover Riak Machar will not rule South Sudan
            completely even if Jesus as son of man, will be born again.

        • 14 March 2014 16:35, by Ayuen deng

          Have you not kill enough Nuer,Dinka and tribe in South Sudan.this really shows what kind of leader you are.you will not win anything but life of people of south Sudan may God kill you silently.You Son of edvil(nguondeng).Machar love people of all tribes in South Sudan.

      • 14 March 2014 15:18, by Hardlinner

        It is a shame to call most hated and two time defector the father of nation. Well nuers, you can call him king of nuer, but to south sudanese especially the liberators of this nation, he is the worst traitor ever. Dog riek deserve to die. Filthy animal don’t have place in south sudan.

    • 14 March 2014 13:43, by Nibs

      Riek Machar can now go and fu*k himself. You need UNMISS forces only because they are supporting your rebellion. The president should send Hilden Johnson packing and rebellion will be something of the past.

    • 14 March 2014 13:43, by Mi diit

      Big no to foreign invaders. Big no to turning our country into a regional war theatre. Kiir must pay for this sell-out of our country to forces of hyenas who simply want to plunder our resources and fight for their own national interests. South Sudan is not a no-man’s land.
      "Door dang nguan bia ngu ku lel ciengda ci wang ben mi pal ke nien waar."

      • 14 March 2014 14:11, by michael coma

        Mii dit
        Whether you Nuers like it or not AU’s troops must be deployed without rubish no saying.Machar no is like crown of cock daytime.

      • 14 March 2014 14:13, by michael coma

        Mii dit
        Whether you Nuers like it or not AU’s troops must be deployed without rubish no saying.Machar no is like crown of cock during daytime.

        • 14 March 2014 14:28, by Bentiu son

          Michael coma ya Dinka Bor orphan boy,Baaw!I know you fear Nuer warriors to death n wanted to be shield against the Nuer whose relatives you had cowardly massacred in Juba,Bor,Bentiu n Malakal.Importing foreign troops won’t stop our causes for fighting to install democratic system,good governance,freedom of expression/speech/movement and transferable/accountable/responsible government in RSS.

      • 15 March 2014 17:04, by BM-21

        MI Diit
        No room for rebel this time man think twice whether you will back to gov,t of President Kiir or you stayed in the bush.
        Interim gov,t will be done Kiir will remain as President of the ROSS,others parties shall be given others positions ,like Vice president will be given to SPLM-DC,No Riak or nuers defeated.

    • 14 March 2014 14:26, by whatsayyou

      You miss it all togather, Riek is not a great fighter. He is a supper ego and power hungry individual who doesn’t care of peoples live.Your war against Kiir will further more endose him more time on power because insecurity will not allow elections to take place only way to remove Kiir from power.

    • 14 March 2014 15:30, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      The support of these foreign forces will put drain on our resources. especially if the development projects get sequestered for accommodating this new expenses, that alone will result to a nationwide discontent with the government performances.

    • 14 March 2014 16:03, by Ajongtar

      One Nation 2 missions, wow that is sign of faild state.
      Soon Salva Kiir will declear South Sudan a Faild state like somalia.
      Mr. Salve Kiir please come out and urge you Dinka cowboys to stop waging a war of rumour mongers against the UNMISS.
      This is a bad news to the citizen, now which one is which?
      IGAD Mission or UNMISS????

    • 14 March 2014 18:27, by ngadodo

      Yeah,,Mr: Prsdt Salva Kiir, he Care only for his leadership, if not that why he allowed largest numbers of foreigen military into Country? becse of his mismanagement, in Country including own party which Dr: john Garang able to handle During the horrify civilain war about 21 years. secondly he should resigned if his was somebody who have mind and knowledge for understanding things or politics.

    • 14 March 2014 19:40, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar,think that Africa is still in the old days.
      Riek rejects deployment of IGAD troops so that his nuer rebels can kill and distroy the lives of inocent civilians
      icluding looting,he even don`t think about conditions of his nuer tribe men living in UN camps inside s.sudan and other Africans countries.

    • 15 March 2014 14:21, by Johndumo14

      Why do you worry so much about 70 thousand South sudanese run into Uganda?
      These are only Nuer families of those rebels killing people in S.Sudan.Let them run we don`t need them,even if they don`t come back,we don`t need trouble maker.
      More will run soon from Nasir to Ethiopia,the gov.troops are on the move,let them ru even if they run in millions,to give us a Space and Peace of mine!!!!!

    • 15 March 2014 14:32, by Johndumo14

      The warlord rejected deployment of IGAD regional forces.
      Dr Riek is still dreaming to come to power by military Means!His dreams will never come true!Dr Riek Machar simply became jealous ofJames Wani IGGA.He has forgotten that without the suppor of Equatorians by military or by elections ,you will never ,never become a South sudan president,it is a common sense todrop that ambittion of president

    • 15 March 2014 16:35, by Rami Tot

      deployment of any troop must approves by the rebel

  • 14 March 2014 13:45, by Kiir

    What is the reason of deploying the troops in S. Sudan? Sudan was in war for long time since 2011 and no troops deployed by IGAD. This is another way to fight Machar as MUSEVENI said last year. UN is protecting civilians no needs for African troops again. NO NO NO NO NO NO for IGAD troops.

    • 14 March 2014 14:02, by Mi diit

      Good question. Those so-called IGAD countries did not send their troops to South Sudan to stop Khartoum in its mass killing of civilians during the 21 years of war. They didn’t even come to protect infrastructures they now claim. Now they have come only to loot our resources. Last time they feared to loot them because of Khartoum. They simply said it was an internal conflict. What about this one??

      • 14 March 2014 14:32, by whatsayyou

        What is your problem with IGAD troops to be deploy in south sudan? Leave them to come since it is beyond rebels decision. There are only two choices for a rebel. 1. Surrender 2. fight until victory if he can.

    • 14 March 2014 14:10, by Bentiu son

      the killer Salva Kiir had betrayed South Sudan people/SPLA National Army by giving more trusts to foreig troops deployed across the nation as to protect his genocidal regime without feeling shame.Mohd Ali Basha main reason for invaded the Sudan at the time was to look for strong black men for his army in Egypt why leaving national strong army SPLA n imported hired mercenaries at home? Big No!!!

    • 14 March 2014 14:39, by Gangura

      Machar woyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, I love him not this idiot Kirr and his corrupt cabinet, no need for deployment of any troops to south sudan again. it our case we ourselves as to solve it not always asking for help. it was stupid kirr who did that, I know you will not agree and thank you for that.

    • 14 March 2014 15:15, by The rock

      What UN are talking about? IGAD is also part of the UN it self,IGAD troops are much well come and we don’t even care about the so call UN UNMISS. they are supporting rebellion and IGAD is supporting south Sudanese civilians.... just go to hell

  • 14 March 2014 14:15, by whatsayyou

    African troops are most welcome rethar then UMISS which is Supporting and protecting one tribe. A rebel leader is not in a possition to reject their deployment.

    • 14 March 2014 14:20, by whatsayyou

      You called them foreign invaders, well blame it to your Boss Rebel leader Riek who will remain with his Tiltle untill the end of his live. If he would have not attempted a Coup foreign forces would have not come to our country.

      • 14 March 2014 14:37, by Bentiu son

        Salva Kiir puppet boy,do you really have sense to blindly believe that military coup de tat took place against Dinka kingdom? Big No idiot, No Failed coup Attempt but it was Failed Assassination Attempt long planned by Salva Kiir n his Dinkas elders to assassinated Dr Machar Teny n his other senior SPLM members.The whole world did not recognized the concocted coup attempt claim by Kiir’s regime

        • 14 March 2014 15:02, by whatsayyou

          That is being coward to deny truth, Nuer all along are spreading their braveness to take power by all means untill the attempted and fail.If you would have not fail how are supposs to call it? Pliz every south Sudanese is aware that Nuer will one day cause a coup in this country.

  • 14 March 2014 14:31, by Rommel

    Salva Kiir is an idiot of the worst kind. Why doesn’t he just strengthen the military instead of outsourcing their mandate and task to external actors!? Corruption is the only conceivable reason for why he doesn’t seem to want to strengthen his own military. It would cost money to acquire Su-25 fighter-bombers, Mi-24 hinds and Mi-26 heavy transport helicopters...

    • 14 March 2014 14:32, by Rommel

      Salva’s shameful over reliance on Uganda’s military is unnecessary and it is quite frankly too much to bear. The amount of money the idiots in Juba receive from oil remittance in a single month -or two at the very most- could actually be used to purchase 30-40 comprehensively upgraded Su-25s...

      • 14 March 2014 14:35, by Rommel

        .. Aircraft that would then be used to to surveil Greater Upper Nile, interdict rebel supplies and liquidate their military command. If we were to purchase two seater versions of the Su-25, retrofitted with stabilized payloads like the Advanced Multi-sensor Payload System, targeting pods like the Litening G4, radars like the Gabbiano T200 and INS/GPS guidance kits like the SMKB/FPG-82...

        • 14 March 2014 14:38, by Rommel

          ..We could essentially perform operations usually reserved for unmanned aerial vehicles. We would be able to detect foreign aircraft dropping off weapons,ammunition and supplies to rebel forces over 400km away. We would then destroy those supplies with bombs guided by the SMKB/FPG-82 — 75-80 km away, 33,000 ft in the sky — far outside the threat envelop of autocannons and even MANPADs.

          • 14 March 2014 14:41, by Rommel

            Generals and frontline commanders should also be given equipment and tools to prevent their forces from being ambushed. There are hand-held thermal devices that allow commanders to observe vehicles 20km away and enemy troop movements as far as 8km, no matter how well camouflaged they are...

            • 14 March 2014 14:44, by Rommel

              ..Upon which they can then be engaged with artillery and mortars, and this is important because artillery accounts for 80% of all battlefield casualties. Our troops also need communication systems and tactical data links. I have come to the conclusion that Salva and military command have very little to no regard for our troops.

              • 14 March 2014 14:51, by Rommel

                If we had UAVs like China’s Wing Loong, we would be able to fly them from Juba to Longochuk, on the border with Sudan; no supplies would reach the rebels, from anywhere. Su-25s, retrofitted with the add-on systems that I mentioned could probably execute the same tasks as some of these UAVs, albeit with significantly shorter deployment ranges.

                • 14 March 2014 14:52, by Rommel

                  The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting - Sun Tzu, The Art Of War. If your opponent is denied weapons, ammunition and supplies... he quite simply cannot fight you. Instead of taking these measures, those brain dead hicks in Juba fly to Khartoum and Asmara, begging them to not arm and supply the rebels, despite the fact that this is precisely what they’ve been doing.

                  • 14 March 2014 14:53, by Rommel

                    This is the Su-25: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFTd2kvNkLQ
                    As you can see it doesn’t have the add-on systems that I was talking about, and consequently has to parachute *unguided bombs* onto targets, precariously close to the ground, in full view and range of enemy combatants and autocannons. But if they were upgraded to the standard that I’ve outlined...

          • 14 March 2014 14:57, by whatsayyou

            Be wise to understand that South Sudan as a country does not the capacity to have militry ware you are talking about. Take exampe of other a frican countries who has rebels and who has got indipendent som decads ago like, CAR, DRC, Mali, Nigerian and somalia. we don’t have that capacity because the country is young. even trained personels we don’t have. It is a genral proplem not President

            • 14 March 2014 15:16, by Rommel

              Salva Kiir and his government are deserving of death a thousand times over for failing to establish essential State institutions, for presiding over one of the most grotesque cases of State corruption and nepotism, for failing to extricate us economically from the North during the great window of opportunity that was the interim period — and for failing to build a capable military.

              • 14 March 2014 15:25, by Rommel

                Why do you think South Sudan can’t acquire the platforms that I listed? It’s not expense. And if its simply a matter of us not having the trained personnel to deploy, operate and maintain these platforms... You should know that Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and others employ the services of Russian, Polish and Belarusian pilots and engineers.

                • 14 March 2014 15:30, by Rommel

                  Why is it that Sudan was able to purchase Su-25 fighter-bombers, Mig-29 fighters, Mi-24 helicopter gunships and a plethora of other platforms? South Sudan was receiving more than $3 billion a year over a period of six [6] years during the interim period. It had the opportunity to accrue its finances and purchase these platforms at the time of independence.

                  • 14 March 2014 15:42, by Rommel

                    Do you think that Russia would deny us the Su-25, the Mi-24 helicopter gunship or the Mi-26 heavy transport helicopter? Do you think the Chinese would deny us the wing loong? They wouldn’t deny us any of these platforms. The only system that the United States could prevent us from acquiring is the Litening G4 pod. Every other platform and system listed has no ties to the United States.

                    • 14 March 2014 15:53, by Rommel

                      With the sole exception of Nigeria, every other country you mentioned is not swimming in oil money, which they could use to acquire these platforms. Why is it that Uganda was able to purchase the most advance fighter jets in the region [Su-30], when it wasn’t making anywhere near as much money as South Sudan!?

                      • 14 March 2014 16:03, by Rommel

                        I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be like other countries in the region. Their limitations are not my limitations. I don’t want to flail around in a pond of mediocrity... I want to swim in a sea of excellence. We haven’t even designed our own education system. We could incorporate aspects of Finland’s education system, in addition to those of Shanghai and Germany’s vocational education

    • 14 March 2014 14:41, by whatsayyou

      I know you always stick to one thing and sing it all the time. were UPDF there on 15 December? Get it clear, Dinka know how nuer fight, i personally has participated in a battle with Nuer, in fact Nuer are stipud fighters ever i found. The think fighting is a matter of one day, they don’t reserve themselves, they fight in mass numbers including children. That is unwise war.

  • 14 March 2014 14:32, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Riek Machar is a fool man.
    This force as call Protection and Deterent Force PDF is not protecting Kiir, is protecting Civilian. Look, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rawanda and Burundi are comprising IGAD, why Riek is doubt of this force?

  • 14 March 2014 15:09, by Ajongtar

    One Nation 2 missions, wow that is sign of faild state.
    Soon Salva Kiir will declear South Sudan a Faild state like somalia.
    Mr. Salve Kiir please come out and urge you Dinka cowboys to stop waging a war of rumour mongers against the UNMISS.
    This is a bad news to the citizen, now which one is which?
    IGAD Mission or UNMISS????

  • 14 March 2014 15:42, by Kim Deng

    Who can stop this dirty war, which was imposed on Nuer nation by coward King, Slava? No one even Dr. Riek cannot stop Mighty Nuer Warriors from burning down Dinka Kingdom to ashes.

  • 14 March 2014 16:13, by Andrew Ojok

    Sorry to south Sudanese people to say this that supporters of Riek mean u lost all ur mindset due for Riek machar mislead but by the end of the day u we never see Riek against lead rebel force by the way I can not or mathematics them for those who lost their life’s due for reaction cause by Riek but I can declare from today on toward that if u think Riek will lead this country I will say upon no f

  • 14 March 2014 16:13, by Andrew Ojok

    Sorry to south Sudanese people to say this that supporters of Riek mean u lost all ur mindset due for Riek machar mislead but by the end of the day u we never see Riek against lead rebel force by the way I can not or mathematics them for those who lost their life’s due for reaction cause by Riek but I can declare from today on toward that if u think Riek will lead this country I will say upon no f

  • 14 March 2014 16:39, by Positive Thinker

    It is high time we South Sudanese begin to search for real Solution to the crises which engulfed our nation, than spending time writing nonsense in the net that I support Kiir or Riak, Dinka or Nuer or equatorian. It is time to think like nationalists, not like tribalists. That way we will save life
    and restore the lost dignity of our Country men in the eyes of the world.

  • 14 March 2014 19:46, by Zeki

    Riek Machar might be run or ran mad, this Country will never come to peace in present of Riek. 10,000 people you had killed Dec.2013 are enough this will be Riek turn to where they are now.

  • 15 March 2014 10:01, by wani

    The great interest of IGAD is the natural resources which the oil and the rush for oil in South Sudan is the first objective.
    The insufficey of IGAD led to drastcially eslecation of the conflict that started three months.
    The meachanism of peace,conflict management or mitigation meachanism lacking seriouly,due to limited institution framework within IGAD

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