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South Sudanese opposition leader barred from travelling to peace talks

Juba, August 5, 2015 (SSNA) -- South Sudan’s opposition leader, Dr. Lam Akol, has been blocked by Juba from travelling to Addis Ababa to participate in the upcoming IGAD-Plus peace talks.

Akol, who is a prominent politician in South Sudanese politics and leader of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC) told the Reuters News Agency that he has been blocked from travelling to Ethiopia by South Sudan’s presidency.

Unfortunately, a major general of the police told us that he has directives from the Presidency that the leaders of political parties are not allowed to travel without the permission from the presidency,” Dr. Akol told Reuters.

This is not the first time he has been banned from leaving the country.

Akol was first barred from traveling to Ethiopia in 2014 after government felt that the allied for all South Sudanese opposition parties led by Akol was going to present its own peace proposal at the talks.

At that time, the government was hoping that the leaders of opposition parties were going to support its position on the failed IGAD-mediated negotiations.

It is not clear what prompted Juba again to bar Akol from joining the peace talks. However, a confidential source in Juba told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) that Kiir’s government is desperately trying to silence all leading opposition voices either through barring or arrest.

South Sudan's News Editor Criticizes 'Dinka Council of Elders'

Addis Ababa, August 5, 2015 (SSNA) -- A South Sudanese News Editor has criticized the Jieng  (Dinka) Council of Elders on his social media page, saying the Elders who supposed to be playing a constructive role in the peace talks choose to become the center of tribal divisions.

Duop Chak Wuol, the editor-in-chief of the US-based South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) on Tuesday posted a distinctive message on his Facebook wall, describing the Dinka Council of Elders as a destructive group run by "tribal hooligans."

"The so called Jieng (Dinka) Council of Elders is a destructive, divisive, and deceitful entity run by tribal hooligans," Duop wrote on his social media wall.

When contacted by the SSNA to clarify what he meant, Duop explained that his message was a protest against what he described as the group’s divisive actions.

“You know, I was simply protesting against the Elders. Let me be brief here; in South Sudan, perhaps in most African cultures, Elders play an important role in any society. For instance, in Nuer culture, Elders are expected to play a constructive role regardless of any situation and I am sure the Jieng (Dinka) culture does the same,” Duop told the South Sudan News Agency.

“You can’t just be an Elder who preaches tribalism, division, and hatred…and expect to be respected, at least in Nuer society,” he recalled.

“Of course, we are in the 21st century, so I don’t expect an elusive tribal miracle to take shape here,” Duop asserted without elaborating.

Duop, who is currently in the United States teasingly suggested to the SSNA that the Dinka Council of Elders should be rebranded as Warrap Council of Elders, a direct reference to Kiir’s home state. He also urged the Elders to rethink their actions and work for peace, adding that he has been wondering why no other Dinka group publicly rejects the Elders views.

Since 2014, a group calling itself the Dinka Council of Elders of the Republic of South Sudan has been defending Salva Kiir’s government, asserting on many occasions that a coup against Kiir’s regime was in fact planned by Dr. Riek Machar and his political allies and that Machar cannot be allowed to be part of Kiir’s government. The group also rejects any peace agreement that gives some powers to Machar, suggesting that the best way for peace to return to South Sudan is for Salva Kiir to first issue an amnesty for Machar and Kiir would then create accommodation positions for Machar and his allies in his government.

The Dinka Elders further accuse unnamed external powers of interfering in South Sudanese internal affairs.

South Sudan’s rivals must reach a peace deal by August 17 or risk being sidelined, US President warns

Washington, DC, August 4, 2015 (SSNA) -- The United States’ President, Barack Obama, on Tuesday issued an ultimatum to South Sudanese warring factions, saying the two competing sides must sign a peace agreement by the 17th of August–a date proposed by the IGAD-Plus.

The warning comes after Obama met with the United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in a closed-door meeting in the White House. The US leader added that South Sudan’s rival leaders are incapable of creating a peace deal.

"If they [Kiir and Machar] miss that target [August 17] then I think it is going to be necessary for us to move forward with a different plan, and recognize that those leaders are incapable of creating the peace that is required," Obama warns.

It is not clear what the US or IGAD-Plus would do if the proposed compromise peace agreement failed.

However, the US president warned that the two leaders, Machar and Kiir, risk being sidelined if they refused to strike a deal by the August dateline.

On July 30, US Special Envoy to South Sudan Donald Booth delivered a strong message to South Sudan’s warring factions, stating that  the United States has “run out of patience” over nearly two year old conflict.

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