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South Sudan outstanding issues to be discussed in Kiir-Machar meeting


South Sudanese government spokesperson Michael Makuei Lueth (Photo ST)
June 18, 2018 (ADDIS ABABA) - South Sudanese parties concluded the IGAD brokered round of Intensive Interlinked Consultations (IICs) on Monday without an agreement on the governance chapter, and it was decided to refer the outstanding issues to the face-to-face meeting of the rival leaders.

The IGAD Council of Ministers, last May, decided to hold the IICs to assist South Sudanese parties to reach a common ground on the outstanding issues of security arrangements and governance.

The 16-18 June discussions, which are part of the High-Level Revitalisation Forum (HLRF), are based on the IGAD revised Bridging Proposal prepared by the mediation after the failure of the parties to ink the initial version last May.

Speaking to reporters after the three-day meeting, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth said the parties have reached an agreement on security arrangements but he denounced the opposition, saying it stuck to its positions on the governance because of the face-to-face meeting.

"On the security arrangements, the (negotiating) teams managed to make progress and the provisions which have been agreed upon are now being prepared in their final form and will be initialled by the generals tonight," said Lueth.

The minister who is also the government spokesperson added that despite the additional concessions they made the opposition continued to make "impossible demands".

Accordingly, he said, it was decided that the outstanding issues on the governance chapter will be addressed by President Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar in their meeting on 20 June in Addis Ababa.

"I believe this face-to-face meeting that made the opposition to be rather adamant and not ready to listen to the voice of peace," he said.

The outcome of the IICs will be submitted to the IGAD Council of Ministers which will meet in the morning of 21 May. It will be followed by a Summit of Heads of State and Government, which will be held on the same day in the afternoon in Addis Ababa.

The initial Bridging Proposal on the power-sharing had been refused by the opposition but also the government strongly resisted several matters particularly the dissolution of the National Legislative Assembly and percentage of the opposition at the State governments.

Speaking about main three issues that led to the failure of the consultations, the minister who is also a member of the government negotiating team disclosed that the differences are related to the composition of the executive, the parliament and the state governments.

The government rejected the dissolution of the parliament and the appointment of 400 legislators as it proposed in the IGAD Bridging Proposal saying "this is a red line".

Makuei said his government only accepts to increase the membership of the existing parliament during the transitional period by adding 100 lawmakers. The SPLM-IO will be given 70 seats and the 30 remaining seats will be allocated to the other opposition groups.

For the cabinet, he said they have made a "very serious concession" accordingly the all the opposition groups including the SPLM-IO will be allocated 30% of the government 32 portfolios.

The IGAD proposed to increase the portfolios to 42 ministers and 15 deputy ministers.

Regarding the state governments, the government delegation brushed aside the IGAD proposition to which provides that 55% of the governorship will go to the government, 25% to the SPLM-IO and 20% to the other opposition groups.

"In the states, we said the power-sharing will be 80% for the government and 20% for the opposition groups even in the states where the opposition has no presence," said the government spokesperson.

He added this these ratios will apply only for the executive but do not include the state legislative assemblies or the local governments.

In the IGAD Bridging Proposal, the power-sharing applies to apply to governorships, the executive councils of the States, and, the legislative assemblies of the States.

The minister expressed hope that after "the face-to-face meeting, we will be in a position to probably to better straights towards achieving peace in South Sudan".

South Sudanese government officials told Sudan Tribune that they expect that Kiir-Machar meeting would not make a tangible difference in the positions of the two sides.

They hope the IGAD mediation would continue to improve the text in a way that a compromise can be possible between the two main rivals in the near future.


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  • 19 June 2018 02:15, by One people

    Ok, if IOs are making an impossible demands" Than the publication are supposed to make their impossible demands too, by putting their wappen down and go to the farm if they’re really sufferings, because P Kiir and Riek Machar face to face talk is not what SSudanese people are looking for, SSudanese are looking for peace in their land, any impossible demands should be terminated by the people

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    • 19 June 2018 02:45, by One people

      IOs are supposed to terminate their impossible demands if they have feelings for the peoples of South Sudan, no one in this world likes to agree on stupid shit. Dumb bitch

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      • 19 June 2018 08:31, by choldit

        What happened when Splm io gave up their demands in 2015? Have u 4get that the govt tried to kill them in J-1 in July 2016 and that is why we are back to square-one. We have to talk reasonably like grown up people. I wondered how spla io gave up easily on security arrangements. They should trust no one ??but themselves for their and civilians security. Spla io is the future of this nation.

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      • 19 June 2018 08:53, by jubaone

        One People,

        Rather die for an idea that will live, than live for an idea that will die. Do you understand this? SS must take bitter medicine if it has to heal. SS is suffering cuz of jienge greed, mismanagement, anarchy, recklessness, foolishness and lack of vision. If they LOVE fighting, they can do it in their areas, but we want to develop and progress. They´re the problem.

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        • 19 June 2018 14:52, by One people

          Jubaone & Choldit
          you can verywell continuing on calling for your impossible demands as you wanted to, but I allows sees that you like to run to US & international Community for help ya jubaone ya Aryan Moru. Here is our upcoming impossible demands, we want 85% because we’re the one who is controlling the hull county and you rebels should get only 15% And that 15% You most share it with FDs>

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          • 19 June 2018 15:03, by One people

            You most give FDs 5% form your 15% Than you will be giving other rebels too. paul malong should receives 10% And Also Thomas C should receives 5% And IOs should remain with 5%

            What do you think ya Aryan Moru?

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          • 19 June 2018 16:00, by jubaone

            One People
            Did you mean "whole" for "hull"? Worthless scumbag. Learn how to spell and write right or withdraw to your luak and just sing cow 🐮 songs, naked under a lalob tree. It’s such half idiots like you who persistently chip in stupid ideas and trying to play the intelligent Jienge. Just shut up, Aryan jienge

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            • 19 June 2018 16:32, by One people

              Jubaone ya Aryan Moru inta
              I speak 64 languages, plus english that made it 65 languages. for your information, the original english owners are still in school learning english, english speakers like UK, but you still understand what I meant anyways. Here is the way you wanted too, we control the whole country and 85% is our impossible demands, we most have it and we will have it

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        • 19 June 2018 18:57, by One people

          You stupid idiot, what da f***k are you saying ya Aryan Moru inta, what development are you talking about if is not Dinka who made you talk about development? So now you know Dinka and some of the peaceful tribes of South Sudan broth you a freedom now haha? why you didn’t develop your state that your talking about when Al Bashir was there singing songs with mahmoud abdelaziz

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          • 19 June 2018 19:10, by jubaone

            One People

            Emshi ya jienge sakit.

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            • 19 June 2018 22:24, by One people

              Emshi inta ya Aryan Moru inta, you smell like skunk making the whole country unpleasant smell, you should change you name stinky skunk, than jubaone monkey shit. Shit up you idiot punk, there is nothing good about you anyways, talking like he can do something, get your racistself out of here. HahahahahahahahaBitch

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              • 20 June 2018 08:25, by jubaone

                One People
                Ya aryan jienge! Didn’t you know I am Bari (Karo People: Bari, Kakwa, Mundaru, Pojulu, Kuku, Nyangwara, Ngepo)? People of Central Equatoria ko monye kak, ya jienge tigil. Be thankful, that we civilised and taught you how to wear underpants (mayo Abu nandhara) when you used to walk 🚶 naked. Libas Mafi, ya MTN

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          • 19 June 2018 22:56, by The Rhino

            One people,

            Easy ’One poop’ get yourself together.We are here on a public forum,you miserable jienge moron.Not only you ya ’himaar’ but your entire tribe is still struggling with the lowest chain of evolution.Thats why you all swarm Equatoria only to get lifted to the next level of civilization and human sanity.Your savagery will get you to nowhere...’lopiat lo nguti’!

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            • 19 June 2018 23:30, by One people

              another gay showed up talking nonsense. I’m all the way in juba having fun with friends, but you still after me, I will never agree with you over you impossible demands until you agree with me on giving 85%

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  • 19 June 2018 02:19, by lino


    Konyo Konyo Regime in Juba is shaking to accept anything now as June 30 is approaching before sanctions!!! Now Dr. Machar is coming to one of IGAD countries despite of Konyo Konyo insisting to hold Face-to-Face meeting away from the region!!!
    The should leave the meeting for the trios Abiye, Kiir, and Machar!!! Now consultations is needed from aides; we will find who is the obstacle?!

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    • 19 June 2018 04:47, by South South


      This is very sweet. We said at the beginning that war is not good for our country, but coin rebels thought that they will win the war. Right now, they rebels know that war is not going to help them to get what they want, then they are crying, SANCTIONS, SANCTIONS. There is only one thing will help rebels, accept peace and come back home, no war and no sanctions.

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      • 19 June 2018 07:42, by Eastern

        South South,

        You must be a very person dump indeed! Who is struggling to maintain the economy Riek or Kiir? Who is struggling to pay workers, Kiir or Riek? Who is spending millions to protect towns and villages, Riek or Kiir? Rebels have nothing to lose in war but the regime HAS EVERYTHING TO LOSE in a war Kiir thinks he can sustain.

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        • 19 June 2018 10:25, by South South

          Stupid people like you think about money only, we are standing with government for of our survival

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          • 19 June 2018 10:27, by South South

            Who care about money? Rebels lost everything and that why they are crying for help.

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            • 19 June 2018 11:52, by Games

              South South
              You just like to mess around with us, do you? How come someone that are not paying rents, running business, buying food etc can be losers? You JCE are the ones that are lossing everythings.

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              • 19 June 2018 12:46, by Eastern


                Ask this moron who likes in insulting. If we choose to insult, there won’t be any exchange of ideas but descriptions of the colours of body parts, etc.

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          • 19 June 2018 12:49, by Eastern

            South South,

            THIS IS THE VERY LAST WARNING TO YOU! The next time I get the word STUPID, in a respond to me in your feedback to me, you will receive what you rightly deserve! If we choose to insult each other, that’s what I can do and even do better..!

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          • 19 June 2018 16:09, by jubaone

            South South
            "Survival"?. Great that it’s a terrifying notion that you must now fight with your backs on the wall. With a collapsed jiengconomy, run🏃away inflation, unpaid salaries of over 6 months; marauding, robbing and raping so called army, you must really be fighting for survival. I like that. Trapped like a bush pig. We will get you 👊 and God help you.

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        • 19 June 2018 10:37, by Games

          Salva Kiir cannot sustain this war for another year or two; there are two countries within IGAD blocks that are currently threatening to arms Machar’s forces to fight Salva Kiir if the peace fails,
          Those people like South South, are just internet addicted and have no any single ideas of what is going in this country

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        • 19 June 2018 16:23, by jubaone

          In my opinion, this meeting must be cancelled. How can Riak face such a Kiirminal who ordered his assassin fugitive Malong and with support of Ukrainian drones tried to kill him? Riak must be extra careful, the kiirminal could have poison pills 💊 or even conceal a pistol under his black hat. He has learnt this killing tricks from his mentor M7. This meeting is useless.

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          • 19 June 2018 20:38, by The Rhino


            Absolutely correct,Riak better take care!I’m not a big fan but if you just look back at series of assassination attempts conducted by Kiir and his evil JCE club on Riak,then you can only imagine how deep and dirty their hatred was/is rooted against anything concerning Riak.They would do anything to kill Riak.See,Kiir himself stated shortly after the July 2016 grudge that he wants Riak ..

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            • 19 June 2018 20:51, by The Rhino

              ...’dead or alive’! Now if these worthless jienges could mobilize their people to go inside a church and chase Riak out of God’s house without any remorse and respect before the cross and God,how in heaven would someone even trust such people and all what they say?Here are some few scenarios;...
              1).IGAD has materialized into a ’Mafia Cooperation’ and has decided to unleash every trick at disposal.

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              • 19 June 2018 21:10, by The Rhino

                ...to lure and blackmail Riak sign a bogus deal which will only benefit IGAD but not even these useless jienges...just look at their proposals and favoritism towards IG.
                2).Kiir is weary,confused and frustrated that Riak is still on feet,and he is ready this time to kill Riak b’cos others have totally failed.3).Worthless jienges are smelling their final demise,from international community,USA you.

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                • 19 June 2018 21:18, by The Rhino

                  ...named it,so they turn to disguise their way out of the total mess.The word is,Riak should just stick and refer them to the 2015 peace Agreement.The points in that document truly address the yearnings and expectations of all South Sudanese.

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      • 19 June 2018 11:50, by Mookachaar Jieng

        Makuey Lueth cannot bring a peace to South Sudan, No other solution rather than to defeat Kiir and makuey.
        Machar is now in Addis and followed by enforcing peace to South Sudan and the enforcement will be rejected by makuey and kiir and to say redline.
        Supply weapons to IO and followed by fall of Juba and Machar becomes a president of a New Nation South Sudan.

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      • 19 June 2018 13:46, by jubaone

        South South
        "Rebels...rebels" that is jellaba and jienge talk. Like master like slave. Apparently, jienges are emulating what their jellaba fathers and masters taught them. Now one-time slaves want to rule the SS for 200yrs. Question is can an unruly savage rule at all? He can’t rule himself, he can’t rule others. Lazy losers!

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      • 19 June 2018 14:23, by Theallseeingeye

        South South
        Opposition can now cry for all the help they will need, its not a shame, in fact this is a key to success in this modern world, its called "collabration" and "work force", (help me put that in thong monjang please). Anyway, even when you are applying for a job one of the per-requisite is the ability to collaborate...

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        • 19 June 2018 14:32, by Theallseeingeye

          contrary to the government institutions where the only per-requisite is "being a Jienge". Therefore, I ll excuse you for being ignorant about that. and by the way, Government was also crying "HOUSE ARREST HIM", "HOUSE ARREST HIM", too, they even squandered all of the states treasure just bribe IGAD to keep Machar away, wasn’t that awful too?

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      • 19 June 2018 15:22, by lino

        Ya Junubi Junubi,

        If you talk war, Mayardiit is the one introducing the violence trying to imitate his friend Bashir of accusing his comrades of Coup in Juba; that one on record SS is not Sudan!
        Coin rebels are sitting in Kiir office and he is their leader in fact with $4 billion missing in his watch and hiding $$$ in his office so his family and relatives can easy steal it!!! All in records!!!

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    • 19 June 2018 15:43, by Mapuor

      We need peace but not at the expense of our freedom. Rebels must not touch our 32+ ethnic federal states.South Sudan needs consociationalism not confusion.The current war was almost ending with capture of Pagak and Lou Nuer areas, alas, imperialism interfered and came up with the current diabolic HLRF.

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      • 19 June 2018 18:36, by Games

        Nobody is interested to lives with Subhuman being like you Dinka.

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      • 19 June 2018 21:08, by lino

        Stop shitting Mapur,

        A just peace will come without capturing or unknown gunmen shooting!!!
        The will of people should prevail and not the thinking mentality of Konyo Konyo Regime in Juba! Else sanctions for the bad guys!!!

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  • 19 June 2018 13:06, by Nairobimitot

    We are tired of War. Bring the peace as quickly as possible. Bring Machar to Juba and deploy him around the country to speak with who are still in bushes and Camps. No more wars.

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  • 19 June 2018 14:06, by Theallseeingeye

    "In the states, we said the power-sharing will be 80% for the government and 20% for the opposition groups even in the states where the opposition has no presence,". Why does Mr Makei wants to complicate things, the Opposition have not demanded representation in any of the Jienge sticking states. who is going to represent oppositions there anyway? just an focus on what the parties are discussing..

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    • 19 June 2018 14:13, by Theallseeingeye

      nothing more, nothing less, the government should not be allow to divert the world’s and people attentions with silly proposals that have no meaning. and by the way its going to be a meeting between two P.Hd holders and a semi illiterate drunker from Akon village. Kiir is going to need a (English-Dinka) translator, I can’t wait to see that!!

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