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Kiir-Machar closed door meeting crumples

Addis Ababa, November 7, 2014 (SSNA) -- An IGAD-led closed-door meeting between President Kiir and South Sudanese Former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, has ended without any agreement. The conference subsided after many hours of intense negotiation at the Sheraton Hotel, the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) has learned.

The conference between the two rivals was organized specifically by IGAD heads of States, Special Envoys of the Troika countries (Norway, the United States of America, and United Kingdom), and African Union’s Envoys to South Sudan.

In the meeting, Kiir and Machar engaged in a blistering discussion, with President Kiir asking Machar to drop his rebellion and join his government while Machar lectured kiir on the goodness of federalism and other democratic alternatives that can be utilize to solve the current crisis.

Dr. Machar told gathering that he prefers to seek consultation, adding that the people will decide not him. Machar was accompanied by Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing, the Chairman of External Relations Committee for the SPLM-in Opposition, and Taban Deng Gai, the head of rebel’s negotiation team.

On the government side, President Kiir was accompanied by his Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, and Nhial Deng Nhial, the chief negotiator for the government.

The heated discussion between the two opposing sides left many Observers confused, forcing IGAD to adjourn the meeting for two weeks. IGAD also asked Kiir and Machar to cease hostility.

After the summit, the SSNA talked to Puoch Riek Deng who is the Public Relations Officer for the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SSRRA). Puoch said the way kiir talked at the meeting shows that he is not ready for peace, adding that the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in Opposition (SPLM-O) wants peace; he blames Juba for peace failure.

“We are ready for peace, but we are not ready to sign peace with Juba if there is no an agreement that addresses fundamental issues like federalism, constitutional reforms, justice, accountability, and democracy,” Puoch told to the South Sudan News Agency.

"...compensation and repatriation for the victims [of war] is critical to peace in South Sudan; establishing special tribunal which is hybrid in nature to try those who committed atrocities, war crimes and crimes against humanity shall form the basis of just peace," he added.

Among the agendas on the table include power sharing, roles of prime Minister, security arrangement, new constitution, among others. The SSNA has also learned that discussion about power sharing caused the meeting to breakdown.

Leaked documents: Uganda prepares for a complete war, declares IGAD-led peace talks “useless”

Kampala, November 5, 2014 (SSNA) -- The Republic of Uganda has completed a carefully designed wide-raging war plan against South Sudanese rebels who are currently fighting against government troops.

The clandestine war strategy which is set to be begin in this coming December or early next year is loaded with the latest military war threats and techniques designed to frighten South Sudanese anti-government forces. The Ugandan military gives the rebels two options: surrender or be wiped out, according to top-secret document leaked to the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA).

“These rebels [South Sudan’s rebels] are a threat to our general security and they must either surrender or face being wiped-out completely; this is the only way that will force Riek Machar’s fighters to give up fighting”, the document reads in part.

The manuscript also recommends what it describes as a best time to carry out the operation against South Sudanese rebels.

“The best time to execute this plan is either at the end of this coming December 2014 or early next year”, it added.

The text also revealed a joint military scheme between Uganda, South Sudan, and other undisclosed players of the Great Lakes region. The document also slammed the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), saying the regional block is being occupied by misguided unnamed foreign agents and declared that peace negotiations in Ethiopia have become “useless”.

“Uganda and the Great Lakes Region must not allow Riek Machar to take power from the democratically elected president. We cannot rely on these IGAD-led useless peace talks”, the document revealed.

The carefully designed document repeatedly avoids mentioning the name of President Kiir.

However, South Sudan’s observers, who have been given access to the text by the SSNA agreed that the reference, democratically elected president, is a friendly depiction of the current president of South Sudan, Salva kiir Mayardiit. Observers further warned that the military scheme if implemented, could destabilize the whole region and potentially place other regional players on a ‘counter-offensive’.

Ugandan soldiers are currently fighting alongside South Sudan’s government troops against forces loyal to South Sudanese Former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar. Many world leaders have on many occasions called on Kampala to withdraw its military support to Juba to give peace a chance. Uganda refuses asserting that South Sudanese government has requested its military support.

President Kiir collapses at khartoum’s Airport

Juba, November 4, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has on Tuesday collapsed at Khartoum’s airport while on a visit to Sudan.

The Dutch-based Radio Tamazuj has reported that Kiir collapsed in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.

The seriousness of the incident is yet to be determined.

Radio Tamazuj further alleged that Sudan’s intelligence agents seized cameras of Journalists who were at the airport covering Kiir’s visit.

However, a government source with the South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs who asked not to be named substantiated the occurrence and told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) that Kiir did in fact collapsed but declined to provide details.

“Yes, it is true; President Kiir collapsed at Sudanese airport, but I am not giving you any more details at the moment”, the source said.

South Sudan is in the midst of civil war after Kiir accused his political adversaries of plotting a coup.

At least 1.5 million South Sudanese have fled their homes and tens of thousands of people have been killed.

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