JMEC’s IGAD-Plus representatives call for dialogue in South Sudan
South Sudan President Salva Kiir (C) adresses a press conference
together with FVP Riek Machar (R) and SVP James Wani at the State
House on July 8, 2016 (Reuters Photo)
October 15, 2016 (JUBA) – Representatives of the Intergovernmental
Authority on Development (IGAD), Troika (United States, United Kingdom
and Norway), and European Union (EU) in the Joint Monitoring and
Evaluation Commission (JMEC) have condemned calls by opposition
leaders for a renewal of armed conflict in South Sudan.
The body which was supposed to monitor the implementation of the peace
agreement, but weakened by the renewal of violence from 8 July,
however called on the parties led by President Salva Kiir and Riek
Machar, the ousted First Vice President, to resort to dialogue rather
In a joint statement issued on Friday, JMEC partners said further
fighting will not solve South Sudan’s pressing political and economic
challenges, arguing that it will only increase the suffering of South
Sudan’s people, “worsen a grave humanitarian crisis, and further
inflame ethnic tensions.”
“Both the government and armed opposition groups bear responsibility
for renewed hostilities since July’s clashes in Juba. We are deeply
concerned by heavy fighting around the country in recent weeks,
including near Yei, Wau, Bentiu, and Nassir. We are particularly
alarmed by reports of widespread violence against civilians. As a
result of this violence, more civilians have been internally displaced
and more than one million South Sudanese have now sought refuge in
neighboring countries,” partly reads the statement extended to Sudan
“Continued conflict in South Sudan threatens the peace and security of
its neighbors and the region. In line with the Agreement on the
Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, we call on
the government and armed opposition groups to immediately adhere to
the permanent ceasefire,” the statement said.
Resolving South Sudan’s conflicts, it said, requires genuine and
inclusive dialogue representing the viewpoints of all South Sudanese
“We therefore call on the Transitional Government of National Unity
and leaders of opposition groups alike to recommit themselves,
consistent with the peace agreement, to peaceful dialogue based on the
following principles,” it further said.
It added that the parties must agree to resolve their differences
through a political process rather than through armed conflict, saying
“The political process must be inclusive of all parties, communities,
factions, and voices.”
“The parties must agree to undertake implementation of the reforms
outlined in the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the
Republic of South Sudan,” it added.
JMEC’s partners admitted that returning to dialogue after the violence
was a “difficult” one, but said they would support the process without
indicating how the process would entail and how the ousted First Vice
President, Machar, would assume his position.
“We fully understand that the process of rebuilding trust and
undertaking necessary compromises will [be] a difficult one, and are
prepared to support that process. We firmly believe that South Sudan’s
leaders must finally act to meet the demands of their people and end
this senseless conflict,” the statement said.
The statement was endorsed and signed by representatives of the
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Republic of Kenya, Uganda,
Sudan, the European Union, Kingdom of Norway, United Kingdom and the
United States of America.
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15 October 11:59, by Mr Point
The call for dialogue is naive and senseless since it is now well
established that Kiir attempted to murder his FVP Riek Machar in July,
and planned to murder his FVP Taban Deng Gai in February.
How do you negotiate with a terrorist?
15 October 13:06, by Akook
Resuscitation of ARCISS and implementation of vital reforms
led by a strong international committee possibly a UN committee, not
very weak JMEC, would see return of permanent peace to South Sudan.
Regional Forces must immediately be present in Juba to restore
confident and protect both Dr Riek and President Kiir as well since
Kiir’s life for the second time will also surely be in danger
15 October 13:11, by Akook
The joint call by UN, TROIKA, AU and IGAD signifies a good
will and intention for the people of South Sudan. But will it be
marched by action or remain a word of mouth? It is difficult as they
say to join roundtable again but at least it is the only viable option
The other option is a long dirty protracted war on tribal
basis that likely would another genocide esp in Equatoria
15 October 17:53, by jubaone
You should be more worried than the Equatorians
especially now that every other ethnic group wants to settle that with
the jienges. God bless you in Equatoria should you come clean this
time around. Doesn’t look good for you folks.
15 October 17:47, by jubaone
Since The IGAD, AU, Troika, UN, JMEC have literally endorsed
the actions of Kiir by allowing him to illegally put Taban Gai as FVP,
then they should go ahead to implement their peace without Riak. It
seems there is no headway and so Kiir’s irrational act has miserably
backfired. Sometimes fools learn it the hard way
15 October 19:50, by Dinka Aliap Chawul
No negotiations with tribal terrorist of Dr fool Riak
Machar,gang up by some monkeys in this region, we are gonna send all
of you to heel one by one,No matter how long it will takes.
South Sudanese people deserve to live in peace!
16 October 06:33, by Akeen Mangarthon
The government will never ever accept any dialogue again. JMEC
must understand that their project has ended in S.Sudan and should not
try to plant another disaster project that may lost lives of citizens.
It is a constitutional right for any country to pursue any criminals
16 October 06:58, by Whortti Bor Manza
How could Dr. Riek kill thousands of Dinkas in Bor in 1991 and
2014 without the Dinkas able to defend themselves under mighty Garang
and Kiir? Why did Kiir invite the UPDF, M23, JEM and SLM to defend
You see, Riek is a threat to the survival of the Dinkas.
16 October 10:28, by Dinka Aliap Chawul
U people u always loves to says lies maybe talking lies
comforts or its a part of a culture, how can govt in m23,JEm,SPLA N or
u hear any rebels in the region on radio and adds it to be supporting
govt or its a strategic tool u used to lure neighboring countries
support ur genocide driven rebellion in S.Sudan? It only show u been
morons if u didn’t comprehend with it.
16 October 10:36, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g
After 1972 Addis Ababa Accord, the likes of Abel Alier, Ruben Mach
sabotaged the government of Southern Sudanese patriots by
institutionalising tribalism and corruption, when Equatorians called
for redivision, they went en mass to rebel against Khartoum but at the
back of their minds was to punish Equatorians for that call. In deed
they did. Not even our clergy like Taban Paride were spared by
16 October 10:43, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g
uncivilised Kuol Manyang who smacked him. They continued with
the shit character even after Southern Sudan became independent. This
time in a grand style. Killing, rape, land grabbing and massacre of
citizens with opposite political opinion became order of the day. Now
South Sudanese have risen to say NO to evil practised by J1.
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