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Ethiopia, Sudan top diplomats and Riek Machar discuss peace in South Sudan

October 5, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – Ethiopian and Sudanese foreign ministers, Workneh Gebeyehu and Ibrahim Ghandour met with the leader of SPLM-IO in South Africa and discussed ways to achieve peace in South Sudan, said a statement released in Khartoum on Thursday.

The meeting with Riek Machar comes within the framework t preparation of the High- Level Revitalization Forum of all parties to the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS).

“The meeting (..) was fruitful and positive, as It was agreed on the importance and urgency of achieving peace in South Sudan,” said a statement released by the Sudanese foreign ministry on Thursday evening.

The short statement didn’t develop on the matters discussed during the meeting or what was agreed by the two ministers and the former South Sudanese first vice president.

“The two ministers briefed the minister of foreign affairs and vice-president of South Africa who is President Zuma’s special envoy for peace in South Sudan on the details of IGAD’s efforts to revitalize the peace process in South Sudan,” further said the statement.

The statement indicated that Gebeyehu and Ghandour arrived on 4 October in South Africa but didn’t say when they met with Machar.

Last July the IGAD council of ministers held an extraordinary meeting in Addis Ababa to discuss the peace process in South Sudan and called on “all parties to the ARCSS including estranged groups to seize this opportunity to revitalize the ARCSS, renounce violence and to develop and submit concrete proposals for consideration at the revitalization forum in pursuit of peace in the Republic of South Sudan”.


Taban’s group rejects separate consultations on peace process

Members of the opposition faction of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In-Opposition (SPLM-IO) led by First Vice-President, Taban Deng Gai on Friday officially rejected separate consultations on  the IGAD revitalization process.

“There is no point of IGAD consulting individuals as if we are negotiating a peace agreement,” Dhieu Mathok, SPLM-IO Secretary General said at a press conference in Juba on Friday.

Mathok, who is also a government minister in Juba, said the consultation process said they want to be consulted as one body under the coalition government. He added that the upcoming consultation on the revitalization process is not a serious matter that needs parties to be consulted separately.

“We are not refusing the consultations. We accept the consultations but the consultations must have to take into account that there is a government in place which is implementing the peace agreement and I believe IGAD will understand it,” Mathok said.

“Revitalization means the peace agreement is alive but you need to inject more light in it. We believe that the government is there which is active, we have achieved significant progress in the implementation of the peace agreement,” he added.

The group was reacting to a revitalization timetable released by the East African regional bloc IGAD. The consultations, in which Taban’s faction was chosen as one of the groups to be consulted, are expected to start on from 13 to 17 October.

On Wednesday, Johnson Olony, a top general in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In-Opposition (SPLA-IO) led by Riek Machar rejected separate consultations suggested by IGAD saying the meeting should be with his boss Riek Machar

South Sudan War

The two warring parties need to understand this  vehement ethnic war will cause annexation among South Sudanese citizens . As long each part get  its  support from nearest  country. On this junction  South Sudan will faced  a war for five years  that IGAD need not to dilator on peace process and not to support complexity, potential conflict of interest either harmonization in country.

Like I say do adversaries in law, strive mightily but eat and drink as friend. Machar and Kiir must know this.


On my dream when country get its independent on 09 / July 2011.  I dream like this country will more united and work hard to polish the challenges that were faced us during Sudanisation . Now it is very canard that make me in an intermingle, and exacerbation situation.


I don’t think in South Sudan there shall be some tribes which will not be provide with emolument s though we are in one Country. We can’t   support this phrase when people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.




Mantuom  C. Puoch is a South Sudanese living in South Sudan and can be follow/added on his face book with his name above, on twitter@mpuoch and via email: mchuol@outlook.com