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S. Sudan’s Kiir urges talks with Machar to avert more bloodshed


July 16, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s leader, Salva Kiir has called for direct talks with first vice-president, Riek Machar, saying he detests further bloodshed in the young nation.

President Salva Kiir greets First Vice President Riek Machar before to start a meeting at the South Sudanese presidency in Juba on 3 June 2016 (Photo Moses Lomayat)

President Kiir said he and the opposition leader should talk to salvage peace.

The South Sudanese leader has now dispatched Nhial Deng Nhial, his special envoy and an adviser on foreign affairs to the African Union summit in Rwanda, with an assurance to regional and global leaders about his commitment to talks with his rival.

"I don’t want any more bloodshed in South Sudan," stated Kiir.

"I have been ready to resume talks on the issues we were discussing before this thing [violence] erupted. We were left with few things to conclude the discussions so that we begin with the implementation [the August 2015 peace agreement]", he added.

The president was speaking for the first time since his forces clashed at the presidential palace with those loyal to Machar last week, leaving more than 270 soldiers from the two sides dead, officials have confirmed.

The head of Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), Festus Mogae and the African Union special envoy, Alpha Oumar Konare stood alongside President Kiir.

President Kiir also vowed he would provide protection to Machar and his forces, citing the amnesty he had issued after declaring ceasefire as a guarantee for the security of his deputy and his forces.

"Nobody is hunting for him and his forces. If he comes, I will protect him. He will stay with me if feels he is not safe staying alone", he said.


Meanwhile, Machar claimed the fighting that erupted between his bodyguards and Kiir’s forces in the capital was calculated to kill him.

The ex-rebel leader told BBC Focus on Africa on Friday after abandoning his base in the outskirts of Juba, that he is “around Juba” but would neither disclose his location nor return to town to meet the president until the security issues were addressed.

Machar was responding to the call by President Kiir to meet him.

The country’s first vice-president, however, said he feared for the lives of his officials and for himself after the incident, adding he was also worried about the safety of his ministers currently inside Juba.

“We have a pending meeting, he as president and me as vice president. And also if it were a normal situation, we would meet, but the incident that took place on the 8th [July] in the State House is a very despicable incident, where there was a shootout, and a dog fight, when we were in a meeting,” Machar told the London-based station.

“To me that was a calculated plan to kill me,” he added.

Machar, who also leads an opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, said he was willing to return back to Juba, but after a third force is deployed the South Sudanese capital to take charge and ensure safety and no return to violent confrontations.

He said he could not trust Kiir’s assurance to protect him and his officials.

“That is why the IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority on Development] Council of Ministers decided that there should be an intervention force, third force, that be deployed in Juba and Juba be demilitarized,” he said.

Machar said he was now waiting for the outcome of a proposed meeting in Juba of the chiefs of defence forces from the region on how to tackle security in Africa’s newest nation.


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  • 16 July 2016 22:51, by Twin cities

    So, now Kirr wants to assure assurance for safety and resumption of talks with Machar. What a joke. After a clear massacre at your J1 palace you wanted to conduct a conducive talks. Though, Kirr things he has worn the first phase with the hidden number of forces not been verified, the replication is deadly. If Juba is the prime comfort zone, let’s wait and see who’s going to have the last laughter

    • 17 July 2016 02:44, by Malakal county Simon

      Kiir has failed his first attempted to killed Dr Machar and now want to lure Dr Machar in again in pretext of meeting?? Kiir should think like a normal human being, because when the trust is broken, is like a mirror and you can’t fix it!!!! This is what I have seen now between Dr machar and unwanted/murderer kiir. Third Force only option if you really want to see Dr Machar....

      • 17 July 2016 08:25, by barbayo

        Malakal county Simon

        Raik Machar may not be kill but you can not stop him not died , make yourself some body who can reasoning not full primitive like you, more than 15 Nuer who hold PhD but you done know them cose you just know only your Nguondeng Raik Machar

    • 17 July 2016 11:45, by Mr Point

      What has been done to hunt down and hold accountable those responsible for starting the fighting on July 8 and 10?

      What has been done to halt the slide of South Sudan into a new Somalia?

      Has Kiir shown the world that he is able to tolerate the assassination of his partner in peace?

      Of course.

    • 17 July 2016 13:03, by Khent
  • 17 July 2016 06:05, by doot

    A Peace in Juba is a peace for whole south Sudan.If Riek is afraid of his life then all ministers in the transitional government of national unity should reach out to him.Kiir government has no interest in killing Riek.However,he is entitled to his opinion if he think so.

  • 17 July 2016 06:43, by William Atak Garang.

    Some embassies are closed,Evacuations of international citizens, US embassy is under protection from US forces on the ground with support from US base in Dijbuoti and the IGAD,is planning to deploy forces in Juba airport without participation of Government forces. Do the Government see what is behind the international policy?

    • 17 July 2016 17:45, by Hardlinner

      Kiir shouldn’t think stupidly. You and riek might not have problem with one another but the path you have set your primitive armies on is still viotile. IGAD should provide riek with guards. That is the only way we can avoid the repeat of previous wars. Kiir and Riek have employed primitive armies they can not control.

  • 17 July 2016 09:00, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    How can Kiir be trusted? How about Jieng Council of Elders? Malong is ready with his long sword of conquest over Machar? It is sad they see the security of South Sudan and South Sudanese in that way!! Using helicopter gunship, Tanks, Armoured Personnel Carrier firestorm in civilian residential areas is incredible!

  • 17 July 2016 09:33, by Eastern

    Let the international community, especially the US and UN who see both Dr Machar and Kiir in the same light now discern for themselves if Kiir is not psychotic! A few days ago when Dr Machar was still in Juba, there was a stalemate in the implementation of the ARCISS. Now after having failed to kill him, he wants donors to believe in him that he’s a peaceful man! Donor communities, don’t waste....

  • 17 July 2016 09:35, by Eastern

    ...cont. Resources on South Sudan by way of peace talks. Invest that money in establishing an International or a UN Trusteeship. Let Kiir and Dr Machar defend their innocence in an international court. Please indict Paul Malong immediately. He has a lot of innocent blood on his hands!!!!

  • 17 July 2016 17:52, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    By the name of Mighty River Nile have pro bid any foreign force take over our Country. Riek Machar evil call of foreigners to invade our Land. If he do not trust Kiir,who save his life. Bringing foreigners into south sudan violated ours integrity. Riek if fail this time,he will miss opportunity from his friends Kiir that helping him.

    Good Luck evil callers.

  • 17 July 2016 20:03, by lino

    Boys and Girls of South Sudan, both armies have deep hatreds among them; neither Kiir nor Machar can solve the problems; therefore, put SS under trusteeship and create a new United Forces for SS!!!

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