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EU hails face-to-face meeting of S. Sudan’s rival leaders


September 14, 2019 (JUBA) - The European Union (EU) has hailed the just-concluded face-to-face meeting between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) leader, Riek Machar, describing it as a step in the right direction.

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South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar (L) speaks to reporters after meeting President Salva Kiir in Juba, September 11, 2019 (JUBA)

On Wednesday, the two rival leaders concluded their meeting by agreeing on a number of issues that are seen as very significant in the ongoing implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

The EU, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, said trust between the political leaders is of essence and urged them to continue meeting regularly to resolutely take the peace process forward.

“While it is positive that the ceasefire continues to hold between the signatories to the agreement, two months before the end of the extended pre-transitional period, the pace and the quality of implementation needs to urgently increase. This includes crucial tasks such as security arrangements and the number of states and their boundaries, in order to facilitate the formation of the transitional government in November,” partly reads the EU’s statement.

“We expect all parties to work in a spirit of goodwill and compromise, reflecting the constructive atmosphere of the talks between the leaders this week,” it added.

Meanwhile, EU vowed to continue supporting the process of peace for the benefit of all South Sudanese people in close coordination with the Intergovernmental Authority for Development, the African Union, the United Nations and the wider international community.

South Sudan descended into war in mid-December 2013 when Kiir accused his former deputy-turned rebel leader accused of plotting a coup.

In September 2018, the rival factions involved in the conflict signed a peace deal to end the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced over 2 million people in the country.

The power-sharing arrangements under the deal were supposed to take effect in May, but the process was delayed by six months until November as both sides disagreed on security arrangements.


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  • 15 September 2019 10:13, by jubaone

    If Riek was accompanied by a huge 68-member team of whom 60 were exclusively Nuer, then it clearly showed his anxiety and apprehension. The message is clear: this "feace" is a jienge-Nuer deal and we Equatorians have NO business in it whatsoever. Now, all Nuers in PoC in Juba as well as jienges in Nimule must get out of Equatoria and return to their areas. "Feace" has come and "oyol" is flowing.

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    • 15 September 2019 10:32, by South South


      I can just smile and relax. South Sudan is in good hands. When Riek fought, Nuers are the one supported him. Now peace comes, Riek is not going to abandon Nuers and bring in coward Equatorians with him to Juba. You sit in the bushes with your monkeys, maybe monkeys will lead the next delegation to Juba, just wait for them.

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      • 15 September 2019 13:08, by South South

        I am so surprised that Riek has 8 people out of 68 people who accompanied him to Juba that are not Nuers. His delegation should 68 Nuers because these are the people who are standing with him.

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      • 15 September 2019 13:08, by South South

        I am so surprised that Riek has 8 people out of 68 people who accompanied him to Juba that are not Nuers. His delegation should 68 Nuers because these are the people who are standing with him.

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      • 15 September 2019 16:55, by jubaone

        South South
        I am not bothered by this cuz this "feace" is a jienge-Nuer deal. That’s why Equatorian IOs have to quit this deal while we close all escape routes out of Juba. This time around, we want Juba to be like an animal zoo, where jienges and nyagats battle it out. Those baboons that try to cone out, we just poison or starve them. No need for bullets.

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        • 15 September 2019 17:03, by jubaone

          South South
          I have ever since maintained,Equatorians have no business in this sham R-ACSS. Who cares, if jienges and Nuers killed themselves in Bentiu,Pagak Bor or Gogrial? Equatoria would still develop very well. Again Equatoria is the heart of SS, the rest are shitholes. Fighting in Equatoria, means SS can’t develop. It’s also the reason you still can’t go to your jiengestan that is zoo.

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        • 15 September 2019 17:08, by South South


          Iam just laughing at you. Shit, tuck your tail and come back to Juba or you will die outside South Sudan with anger. This country called South Sudan is ours and it will remain ours today, tomorrow, near future and will remain like that forever. Stay where you are now and enjoy your internet war.

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          • 15 September 2019 19:06, by Eastern

            South South,

            I don’t know or care where jubaone is as I don’t give a fuck where I am in Juba: Sherikat, Mia Saba, Lologo, etc is where the INFORMATION & ideas about Juba and the country come out! Just wait for the NEXT bombshell...!

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            • 15 September 2019 20:30, by South South


              Big liar and stupid, you will never set your foot prints on South Sudan unless you tuck tail and look down when you see us. It’s that simple, no shit and no monkey here.

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