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S. Sudanese presidency reacts to IGAD’s peace proposal

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July 27, 2015 (JUBA) – The spokesperson for the South Sudanese presidency has expressed reservations over a proposal by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to demilitarise the capital, Juba and give the armed opposition faction an upper hand in power sharing arrangement in the conflict-affected regions.

South Sudan’s presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny (AFP)

“We have accepted the 33 percent for the SPLM in opposition in central government but we have refused it in Upper Nile,” Ateny Wek Ateny, told reporters in reaction IGAD’s proposal Monday.

“We cannot accept to give Upper Nile special consideration because if you do that, it could create an environment whereby that can threaten the sovereignty of South Sudan,” he added.

The latest proposal from the IGAD-Plus, a team which comprises of special envoys from China, the Troika nations, European Union and five other African countries, creates the position of first vice president to be occupied by the armed opposition leader, Riek Machar.

But Ateny said President Salva Kiir had reservations on this particular clause within the proposal, citing issues regarding the two armies.

“And the issue of disarmament in Juba and that of two armies for more than 10 months will be very difficult,” stressed the spokesperson.

In the latest document the power sharing in the national executive would be 53% of ministerial positions for the government, 33% for the opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), 7% for former detainees and 7% for other political parties.

In the oil-rich greater Upper Nile region, the SPLM-IO would have 53% in the three states of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei, while the government would take 33% and 14% divided between former detainees and other political parties. No power sharing in the seven states of greater Bahr el Ghazal and greater Equatoria regions as government would take 100% in the two regions.

On security arrangements, it proposed a period of 18 months of the 30-month long transitional period to complete integration process of the two rival armies. The national capital, Juba, will be demilitarized, according to the IGAD-Plus proposal, and to be known as a Special Arrangement Area (SAA). Foreign forces from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), IGAD and African Union (AU) would take over the security of the capital until the end of the two and a half years of transitional period.

While the South Sudanese government is yet to officially respond to the proposal, which was released Friday last week. The government and the rebels have until 5 August to discuss the document and return to Addis Ababa, the venue of the ongoing peace talks.

The mediators have set 17 August as the deadline for both parties to reach an agreement.

Talks between the warring factions collapsed on 6 March when the two principal leaders could not agree on almost all the outstanding issues on governance, security arrangements, reforms, power sharing and accountability and justice, reparation and reconciliation.

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  • 28 July 2015 02:26, by lino

    Do the government of the day in Juba wants peace to people or no???
    The time of legitimacy is over!!!

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    • 28 July 2015 03:29, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Two things are wrong with this IGAD peace proposal, the return of Riek to power and the give away of Upper Nile to the rebels.who would wants Riek to come back to the government, so he could run his insidious activities to gain wealth and consolidate his power base again. this is back to square one.

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      • 28 July 2015 05:18, by lino

        Ya Lotodo, we South Sudanese people don’t want both men in power again!!! IGAD should revise this proposal based on this merit; either both men in or bother out. It is called justice and peace!!!

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        • 28 July 2015 06:28, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          simple solution is for SPLA to regains every single inch of land from these rebels. strangulate them to the point where they will voluntarily start walking back to Juba without any preconditions from the government or anybody.

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          • 28 July 2015 16:54, by jubaone

            Lotodo,

            Your ascertion here is the logic of fools and lazy thinkers. Machar may go, but the fundamental issues if not resolved will remain. The SPLA-GRSS thinks of a military option yet it cant win. So lets go for IGAD-Plus deal. If you dont want it then go to ICC

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            • 28 July 2015 17:55, by Lotodo Awino Odug

              one major operation in Jonglei and Uppernile will totally clear off the remnants of this noisy militias. all government could do is, to reject any kind of peace talks. sign on to the power of galil riffle to solve the problem of this nagging rebellions militarily. iam sick and tired of insurgencies. i wish the government to keep on using heavy sticks to bring these hooligans to their knees.

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        • 28 July 2015 07:42, by bianaathling

          ATeny don’t pretend that u donot need peace while Your Boss ’s term in the office is ended.whether u like it or not all citizens of south sudan need peace except u ,kuol,makuey,salva and Malong are the ones who donot need peace to come back,but u should know that our country is greater than individual groups interest.peace is 100% to return and Dr.Riek will simply be faced by Dr.Salva in the parl

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    • 28 July 2015 06:49, by Ayuen deng

      IGAD is killing this Country with the same proposals of the Rebels,this is un acceptable, if really the whole world needs a peaceful South Sudan this division of power will not will sovlve any thing but intensify the war much more hard then before.

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  • 28 July 2015 07:26, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All:
    Its so funny this fake government does not need peace, Dinka are afraid of upper Nile to be separated from other part of South Sudan as new nation. We believe if there will be no peace in government side we will capture Salva drunkard a life, you will mark my words.

    Son of prophet
    currently in front
    line Pathay jonglei
    ......STATE.......

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    • 28 July 2015 07:46, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      preconditions for peace, 1 Riek must not be a VP again. 2 all the generals who were retired pior to this war must remain inactive. 3 the militias who swelled the rebels’ ranks will not be integrated unless if there is a need for new soldiers.4 those who left their jobs in the military or private sectors should apply for their jobs again at the discretion of their employers.

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      • 28 July 2015 09:19, by Rananen

        Riek will be vp inside Juba and all those Generals will resumed their duties as normal let see where the cowards mathiang any or run this time. UPDF, JEM and SRF are going out upon signing of peace agreement. there is not nothing call integration again. there is amalgamation only yaa cowards

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  • 28 July 2015 07:30, by Eyez

    IGAD has a valid point to demilitarise Juba, coz, the Jienge militias with their cow dung brains, run wild like animals. The next thing to do is to take the Capital somewhere else, so that you ’Ariyan Jienge’ can leave us to develop Equatoria and its human and natural resources.
    Upper Nile is almost slipping away, soon Equatoria will demand it’s rights!
    X1

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    • 28 July 2015 20:18, by Muorcienggok

      Eyez
      You stupid cunt should rather call yourself an ass than an eye,hatrate and pulsating Jieng as you have done is not the solution to the current crisis. Jieng’s brains are better than your monkey’s brain which you have been eating its meat since you were borned.Jieng will not leave Equatorial because Arabs can come back and fuck your mother and sisters as they used to do in your presence.

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      • 28 July 2015 20:35, by Muorcienggok

        Continuation
        Which resources are you talking of? 98% of South Sudan revenue comes from oil, tell which State in Equatoria is producing oil currently,it is instead Equatoria which has developed at the expend of oil producing States.A nincompoop always fails to reason, mind you, exisence of capital in Equatorial which you want taken away is contributing a lot to Equatoria socially and economically

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        • 28 July 2015 20:48, by Muorcienggok

          Continuation
          Do you want Jieng to leave Equatoria? You must be kidding, Jieng are not leaving Equatoria as you want them to do. They must stay to protect your ass from being sodomized as well as protecting your mother’s and sister’s pussies.we don’t mind whether one likes us or not but it is our duty to protect every Junubi.Author: wen kucbeny Wek.

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          • 29 July 2015 15:47, by Eyez

            Motherfucker
            Jieng will be cleansed out of Equatoria if you want it or not, just wait and see. You are still an infant who soils and pisses himself, so please take your baby talk garbage to your mama you idiot. Gen. Losuba Ludoru and the others are just a tip of the ice berg, let us see what will happen if their is no peace or if the Dinka Kraal of Cows presists with its evil plan to settle in..

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            • 29 July 2015 15:59, by Eyez

              Cont...Equatoria. You never liberated any part of Equatoria and Torit was liberated by Equatorian sons, most of you animals were busy selling SPLA ratios and even ammunition, mining gold and renting houses in Uganda and Kenya while others were at the front dying. So stop your propaganda and shut your toothless mouth, and while your at it, try to learn some English, you cow dung smelling Moran!
              X1

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  • 28 July 2015 07:35, by marie

    This is a compromise from IGAD-plus to reward Salva Kiir. The government is illegitimate, the 53 should be given to the opposition and the rest shared between Salva Kiir and Riak Machar. This is our take as citizens of this country regarding those who put the country through this bloody conflict. SPLA and SPLM have failed this country, they should be booted out.

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    • 28 July 2015 08:11, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      45,000 recruits are being trained, they will head to the front-lines soon. our goals are to see these rebellions fade into thin air, disintegrates, so each militia general will have to negotiate for his own return.

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      • 28 July 2015 09:25, by Rananen

        Where do you got those 45, 000 soldiers from? its just white lies dream, do not cheat the public with wrong propaganda please.

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    • 28 July 2015 21:10, by Muorcienggok

      Marie!
      Be reasonable, 53% to the rebels in Greater UpperNile and 33% in the national government is not realistic. We have 64 tribes in South Sudan inclusive of Nuers, who are they to take 53% share in Upper Nile which they inhabit with other tribes? South Sudan does not belong to any tribe and no tribe has the right to exploit other tribes, besides rewarding rebellion will encourage further

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      • 28 July 2015 21:18, by Muorcienggok

        Cont
        Rebellions,hence loss of more lives, infrastructural bulldozing and above all,disintegration. South Sudan does not belong to any tribe and non has the right to exploit others,any tribe proving to be greedy demanding lion’s share and not wanting to coexist with other tribes should leave South Sudan instead.

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  • 28 July 2015 08:30, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear readers
    In my own opinion IGAD plus wanted South Sudan to be like Somalia so that they get access to our resources while south Sudanese people are fighting themselves, I personally disagreed with these three proposal
    1- Two armies in one country
    2- Demilitarized of capital city of Juba
    3- 53% in greater Upper Nile states and 33 % in other 7 state ,
    4- First vice president to Rebel a

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  • 28 July 2015 08:31, by Alfredo christiani

    and removed Wani Igga , this is nonsenses .if peoples are offer with positions because of rebellion , than many people will go to the bush
    Secondly it’s completely organized coup plan by the IGADS plus with rebel leader. War is better than bad peace
    Guns are not going to silence in South Sudan if this peace is sign. Mark my words

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    • 28 July 2015 08:50, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Thank Affredo, this nonsence is a planned takeover by IGad,it should be rejected all together. the gov is at the better position to maintain the status-quo at any costs. our nation is not going to be a testing ground for unproven ideas .let American CIA bring Riek to power by themselves. we shall see how long they will keep him there.

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  • 28 July 2015 08:38, by Yorwin Otor

    Ateny Wek should shut his mouth about Upper Nile. Those who destroyed Upper Nile are Dinka of Bahre El Ghazal. We will kick out of Malakal soon. Which country is Ateny Wek talking about. Soon these Dinka equatorians will kick them out also.

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  • 28 July 2015 09:38, by ykanna

    no peace at all. The IGAD proposal is biased to bring wholeheartedly needed peace by the people of this young nation. Why shold we have two armies? why do u need to demilitarize Juba? Mr. President never accept to be blackmailed by IGAD. Dont sign that vague proposal comes and we fight Nuer AnyaGat (militias) we will defeat them as usual, Nuers with Arabs joined earlier on and we defeated Nuer

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  • 28 July 2015 10:56, by Eastern

    Very misleading headline; the headline should have been Dinkocracy reacts to IGAD’s peace proposal. Ateny doesn’t speak for the whole of South Sudanese through the presidency; he speaks for dinka elites in the country. Mess up with the proposed peace deal, then you will be swept from power and you will die in misery!

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  • 28 July 2015 14:26, by Alfredo christiani

    Eastern
    You are stupid and cowards who was brought up in Refugees camp with three nationalities, Congolese, Ugandan and Kenyan, to assure you , we those who took arms during those days of liberations and brought freedom to the peoples of S-Sudan will not accept that fake peace agreement. We shall fight, go back to Refugees camp

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    • 28 July 2015 15:31, by Kumbo

       Alfredo christiani
      I thought when someone can read he /she is educated but you have proved me wrong I couldn’t believe that at your age you still have a chicken brain base on what you have wrote it seems you are an educated who told yiu that South Sudan was liberated through barrel or you forgot so easily Naivasha surely yku are in Australia now cont next

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    • 28 July 2015 15:40, by Kumbo

       Alfredo christiani
      Can you tell me when this current war broke up in Dec how many Jiengs were next morning in Juba international Airport with UK, USA, Australian and Canadian passport pretending they are not S . Sudanese and you are here telling eastern that he is from congo Uganda be ashame of your dinka tribe Kiir was sleeping in Uganda during that time idiot

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  • 28 July 2015 17:53, by Hardlinner

    When cpa was signed btn north and south, the spla were station in south and khatoum security was handed to SAF. So the same thing should be done in south sudan, where opposition forces should be stationed at bentiu. Riek and his opposition officials should be protected by UNIMIS forces in juba and every thing else remain in government hand.

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    • 29 July 2015 04:01, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      government’s diplomats in Addis and Nairobi are weak, rebels are using money collected from diaporas to access and influence every work of IGAD. why do you think IGAD proposal echoed Riek’s Speeches? because the wines, food and free women keep puntuating their thoughts.

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  • 28 July 2015 18:03, by Hardlinner

    IGAD seemed to have messed it up. Firstly where did the logic of awarding 53% come from. Also 33% federal positions awarded to nuer opposition does reflect the reality on ground. Unless the power share was only based dinka and nuer persfective otherwise there is gonna twice more nuer in government than their actual population size. The hole thing indeed would lead to more rebellions.

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  • 28 July 2015 20:26, by Thyinka

    I am not a war monger but a bad peace is worse than war. I would like to see a peace which is acceptable to all. This is the first time I am hearing the seat of government as a demilitarized zone. This seems unprecedented. There are Equatorians and Bhar el Ghazalians in the rebellion. What will keep them from continuing their rebellion to demand their share in their state governments too?

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  • 28 July 2015 21:11, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    1. North Sudan Arab agenda is take southern again.
    2. Ethiopia interest annex all East south half.
    3. Kenya need some part south.
    4. Arab to introduce their Enslave of Native African again.
    5. Put all Dinka Jieng into slave bondage and suffering forever again.
    AU has been Run by Afro-African who has hostage AU thinking.

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