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South Sudan rebel conference gets underway in Pagak


December 8, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan’s rebel SPLM in Opposition faction led by former vice-president Riek Machar officially opened a consultative conference on Monday, with delegates to deliberate on proposals put forward during Addis Ababa peace talks with the government.

SPLA in Opposition generals Gatwech Dual (R), Dau Aturjong (C) and Gabriel Tanginye pictured in Pagak on 8 December 2014 (ST)

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is mediating peace talks, has provided the opportunity for the two warring parties to consult with their constituencies on the peace process, particularly on contentious issues, before the next round of talks resume.

“The conference officially started on Monday. It delayed from the initial Friday schedule because some of our top generals from Jonglei state arrived a bit late. All have now arrived,” the rebel leader’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

The consultative conference, he said, which convenes in the rebel-controlled border town of Pagak, close to the Ethiopian border, was opened by Machar, who explained the significance of the gathering in order to chart a way forward in arresting the ongoing conflict.

Dak said chief rebel negotiator Taban Deng Gai made extensive presentation to the conference on the peace process, explaining the various positions in the negotiations.

Hundreds of delegates were in attendance, including members of the SPLM leadership council, top military officers, traditional leaders, representatives from the diaspora, as well as civil society organisations and faith-based groups, and foreign observers.

He said deliberations may continue for the next few days, adding that the gathering was “cordial and focused”.

However, other sources within the rebel movement said some top generals informally expressed their rejection to a power-sharing arrangement that would see president Salva Kiir remain as the country’s leader during a proposed transitional period, reiterating alls for him to step down.


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  • 9 December 2014 06:50, by LL Reuben


    Be realistic to yourselves, Kiir is not stepping down just accept what he offers you and come back home, you’ve already lost this war enough said.

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  • 9 December 2014 06:54, by Redeemer

    To rebels
    Just work for peace. stop making dreams become your vision

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  • 9 December 2014 07:08, by Gangura

    We are progressing well here with our meeting in Pangak and we hope Kirr defintely will step down for Dr. machar to rule this country.

    Currently in Pangak

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    • 9 December 2014 13:17, by Muorcienggok

      Idiot Gangura , for us to have peace you guys must drop your demands that Kiir must step down ,we can do that through ballot box not through the barrel of the guns, failure to do so i do not think we can achieve peace but rather would drag the current war on for years and who would be the losers? of course all of us since the destruction and the death is both sides. What is good about the war?

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  • 9 December 2014 07:15, by mzalendo mwema


    Wait for the conclusion,fools are always fools.There will be a heavy fighting among Dr fool aka hopeless Riek Machar supporters at the end of that meeting.Who will take the position of priminster,Riek or Taban? Big confrontation!!!!

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    • 9 December 2014 08:30, by Maper

      Well, it’s difficult to convince the whole group but the generals just have to go by the will of the majority, the vulnerable civilians who can’t afford to have guards well-armed to protect them. All must accept peace regardless of who is the president - Kiir or non-Kiir (Riek).
      Some generals and officials in government do not want to see Dr Riek again but the force of peace has commanded them to accept Riek back in the government.
      The rebel generals should not waste time talking about the elected president. You followed Riek to the bush, follow him back to Juba.

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  • 9 December 2014 07:46, by Akuma

    I hope rebels will not fight over prime minister position as all of them are eyeing that post only. However, forget Riek Machar to rule in South Sudan. If you love peace, groom someone from Nuer militias to lead but not Riek

    Dr. Akuma
    Chicago, USA

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  • 9 December 2014 08:04, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:
    Why we focus on the old issue while Dinka regime on planing to attack our greater Lou Nuer? Is better for our generals to come back to our front line, peace was rejected by the fake government why don’t we do that too, while we have a power more than, what about our 40 tanks which are here in wech Deng? we could be able to confronted the enemy no worry let us leave peace,Dinka will cry.

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    • 9 December 2014 08:18, by Redeemer

      Son of Ngundeng
      See how cheaply you can be misled. You cry that you are fighting Dinka but the reality is that you are fighting the nation. wake up fools

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      • 9 December 2014 09:01, by Son of Ngundeng

        If we are fighting with the nation, why they killed the citizen of the nation, if you think you are the government?
        Its just a groups of corrupt Dinkas and groups of mafia whose are gathered and formed a fake government which is currently leaded by the another country president M7. Shame on you Dinka.

        Song of Ngundeng.
        Currently in fron line Pathay Jonglei.

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        • 9 December 2014 13:49, by Muorcienggok

          The way you guys,think that the way forward in achieving what you want is through war is absolutely, wrong and you will fall short of it let me tell you.

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      • 10 December 2014 13:15, by BM-21

        If Dr. Raik Machar will rule South Sudan It would be better for me to leave S.SUDAN before his coming.

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    • 9 December 2014 14:01, by Muorcienggok

      It is unfortunate of you to think that the current government is for Dinkas, anyway i can not blame you, that is the way guys with low IQ think. If you have 40 tanks, that is every thinks according to you, but the fact is that your 40 tanks will be out numbered. you tried war with with us in 1991 with your masters, the Arabs but you failed. we are ready to contain you and that would be final.

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  • 9 December 2014 09:39, by Gangura

    Dear all,
    Who told there is fighting among rebel leaders over the junior post of PM? anyway I do not blame u I blame the world which made me to be a south sudanese that is why I am even today in the bush for the right of my people who had been suffaring in the hands of the idiot Dinkas who only know how to kill and eat the money for the country.

    Currently in Pagak

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  • 9 December 2014 09:52, by Alfredo christiani


    Kiir will not and can not step down because of Riak Machar threats ,what I knew Nuers Sons will perish for good in the Republic of South Sudan and Riak will remain alive with his kids who are residing in abroad , fools wake up don’t risk your live because of one man

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  • 9 December 2014 15:40, by Kim Deng

    Coward Jaang/Slaves and their allies might capture all the areas under MNW control, yet it is not the end of the war, which was imposed on them. If the Tigrayan of Mekel resisted Derg of Mengistu for at least 30 years, why not the Mighty Nuer Warriors?

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    • 9 December 2014 16:24, by Kenyang


      Given up on Lat/Ngudeng city!?

      No Kim, South Sudanese across are tired of wars which at the end not surgically won.

      Peace, final peace would is best option

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    • 10 December 2014 04:10, by San Manyuon

      Kim Deng,
      You know Riek is fighting for his own power and he is fooling fellow nuers with lies. Many died in 1991-1994, yet no regret. SS is a country for all tribes, SPLA-OP is Nuer, right?. Gov’t of SS is elected gov’t, with elected reps at country, state, till bumas levels. Taban was corrupt governor right? Yes, most of them are corrupt, but democracy will get them out. What’re you fighting for

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  • 9 December 2014 21:46, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Peter Gatdet is missing again. What happens to him? I think he was killed in Bor or Show me a proof he is a live. I believe he was killed or injured in Bor. I never see his picture since the last fight in Bor area. Otherwise, he is mad with Machar and he was charged from his position. Please tell us the truth. What happens to him? D.D.G.

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    • 10 December 2014 01:54, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

      Gatdet Yak is alive.
      Picture is not a big deal there.
      He attack Bintium 3-4times. Gatdet is very intelligent than those general there. You did not see his picture in Bintiu before last attack in September,2014. He is not happy in some points.
      just wait to heard him in the future.

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      • 10 December 2014 03:56, by San Manyuon

        Dear Colleagues,
        I will start by thanking all of you for writing out from your hearts. There are a lot of positive comments, just few negatives from Riek’s son, not even Nuer. We welcome the conference, hope it results in our desire of peace. When you write here, u’re not suffering, think about that. Our innocents children/siblings, and parents are the one suffering, our civilians deserve life.

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  • 10 December 2014 04:02, by Kim Deng


    How many Generals from coward Jaang/Slaves did Lt. Gen. Gatdet eliminated? Of course many, and more are still in his black list. Did someone ask if fearless Tiger Gatdet still alive? Here is a picture of a living Tiger (Gatdet).

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