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South Sudan denies it is obstructing peace process


April 4, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has denied that it is behaving in a way that is obstructive to peace process, stressing it was the first party to accept peaceful dialogue to end the conflict without conditions.

President Salva Kiir attends a session during the 25th Extraordinary Summit of the IGAD on South Sudan in Addis Ababa March 13, 2014 (Photo Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

The statement comes in response to a decision by the US government to approve the imposition of targeted sanctions against individuals seen as playing a negative role in the faltering peace process.

South Sudan’s deputy foreign affairs minister, Peter Bashir Gbandi, said on Friday that the government remains committed to finding a solution to the conflict, expressing hopes that the decision by the US would not have any negative impact on the negotiations.

A ceasefire deal signed on 23 January failed to stem the violence, with both sides violating the terms of the agreement. The United Nations estimates that over one million people have been displaced in the conflict, which erupted in mid-December last year when political tensions in the country’s ruling party (SPLM) came to a head.

“The first party to come out and declare a clear position about how best this conflict can be arrested was the government. The government came out immediately to support the regional initiative to resolve differences through peaceful dialogue. The leadership accepted in principle to negotiate a peaceful resolution of the conflict without placing any condition. This is clear proof that the government had never wanted to be obstructive to [a] peaceful settlement,” Gbandi told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

Cabinet affairs minister Martin Elia Lomuro said South Sudan is a sovereign state and that its leadership should not be pressured to accept any deal that is against the will of the public.

South Sudanese are deeply divided over the conflict with some taking the side of the government while others back the rebels, led by former vice-president Riek Machar, which consists of defectors from the army and disaffected members of South Sudan’s ruling party.

“What our people want is that the country and its leadership should be respected, especially by our friends and other countries. It is our conviction that peace, tolerance, respect and negotiations are values that must be remembered and cultivated for South Sudan to fit into the world stage,” Lomuro told reporters on Friday.

The speaker of South Sudan’s national legislative assembly, Magok Rundial, stressed that the resolution of differences should come from the people of South Sudan first, rather than the importation of imposed solutions.

“The contradictions or any misunderstanding everywhere is solved by the parties to the conflict. Our people should therefore not accept to import [a] solution,” Rundial said, adding that the conflict must be resolved without further violence.

"Is the open road of the vote in the constitutional faithful compliance, which should replace the stone in our eyes and hearts as a political alternative?” he said.

“Those who want power should accept peace without giving any conditions and causing the loss of the lives of our people so that they get the opportunity to take part in the next general elections,” Rundial added.

The latest conflict is the worst the country has witnessed since seceding from Sudan in July 2011 after a more than two decades of civil war.


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  • 5 April 2014 08:59, by Akol Liai Mager

    Well, the "Public Will" is that this war imposed on the people by two persons must be brought to an end by all means even if that requires the retirement of the President and Rebel Leader (Full stop).

    • 5 April 2014 09:28, by Malou Manyiel

      Mr. Martin Elia Lomuro, which deal is against the will of the public? All we want as S. Sudanese is “Peace” so that some 1 from Nimule can live and work in Renk and some 1 from Nothern Bhar elGhal can live and work in Nasir, and so do some 1 from Uror country can live and work in Rumbek with biz people moving freely to do biz wherever they like within S. Sudan.

    • 5 April 2014 09:32, by Tong dut

      @ Totbol,
      Mr, after his time will be over, he will go,he was elected and his relatives are creating trouble to south sudan,he can not say stop that.
      The war was created by Dinkas on Nuer. Now they change the language, that it was coup.
      Dinka jonglei are are now fighting Dinka Bar elgazal, Is it not a mess?
      Even I am a Dinka, whom will i fight?
      Let us atop wor all side, we solve our own problems.

  • 5 April 2014 09:23, by Mohamed

    Susan Rice is cooking something up to destroy Kiers government.
    Dagne is her inside spy.
    Be carefully Mr.Kier...
    This lady has created all of this damage in South Sudan because she does not want to see peace between North and south Sudan.
    To her, we are all black monkeys.
    of course, she thinks she is a white lady....
    Her partners, Reeves and Prendergrast.

  • 5 April 2014 10:40, by Mapuor

    Dear brothers
    Salva Kiir is the only pancea to South Sudan problems,removing Kiir would lead to the total collapse of South Sudan.He is the only binding glue to the unity of our people that is why he is now supported by highly educated Nuers such as Magok Rundial;Nyang Chol Dhuor;James Moytuil;James Hoth Mai etc.We need him for 15 more years.Kiir Oyeee

    • 6 April 2014 04:19, by dinkdong

      Kiir, a "glue to the unity of our people?" Are you serious? Are we now united? You must be joking or simply a liar.

  • 5 April 2014 13:18, by Positive Thinker

    Oh the they can also cry. Do not cry before the heat. But I thought you have big balls why cry again my dear excellencies.

  • 5 April 2014 15:49, by Philosopherking

    For Peace to come to this country, the current leadership must stand down and an interim government is put in place, to investigate human rights abuse and pave way for justice to take its course, initiate reconciliation, dismantle the failed SPLM party, reform the constitution, facilitate the formation of alternative political parties, investigate corruption and recover stolen assets overseas

    • 5 April 2014 15:55, by Philosopherking

      The Interim government will also be tasked with reforming and professionalizing the army, disarming civilians and demilitarize politics. The Interim Government must be inclusive and representative. For Kirr and his thieves to think that they can reform and govern this country is it self obstruction of peace! Its too late....its time for new leadership without blood or stolen money in their hands.

      • 5 April 2014 16:46, by william

        I wondered why intellectuals for South commented stupidily? If This government stand down as many stupid being claiming do You think it Will bring peace? Let us understand the democracy in meanigful context.

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