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John Kerry: South Sudan 'Well Past Moment Where Enough is Enough'

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (R) listens as he greets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the President's Office in Juba, South Sudan, May 2, 2014.South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (R) listens as he greets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the President's Office in Juba, South Sudan, May 2, 2014.
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (R) listens as he greets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the President's Office in Juba, South Sudan, May 2, 2014.
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (R) listens as he greets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the President's Office in Juba, South Sudan, May 2, 2014.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday slammed the warring sides in South Sudan for failing to take peace talks seriously and for missing the recent deadline to set up a transitional government.

Kerry also condemned the recent killings of at least six humanitarian workers in Maban County, in Upper Nile state, and said he was concerned by reports of targeted ethnic killings in South Sudan.

"Deadlines keep passing and innocent people keep dying. The log-rolling and delay has to end," Kerry said in a statement.

Kerry noted that the government and the opposition led by Riek Machar failed to meet a deadline they agreed to on June 10, when they said they would take no more than 60 days to form a transitional government of national unity.

"Regional leaders helped broker the agreement, but despite the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) mediation team’s best efforts, neither party engaged in peace talks seriously," he said.

"Along with my Troika colleagues from Norway and the United Kingdom, we condemn these failures," Kerry said, calling the lack of progress towards peace in South Sudan "an outrage and an insult to the people of South Sudan."

More than 1.5 million people have been displaced by nearly eight months of fighting in South Sudan, and the country faces what Kerry called "the worst food security crisis in the world with a real risk of famine."

The killings last week of six humanitarian workers in Upper Nile state "further undermine the enormous humanitarian response needed to support the 3.9 million South Sudanese who are in desperate need of life-saving food assistance and who continue to live in fear of violence," Kerry said.

The U.S. Secretary of State called on IGAD and the African Union to take "appropriate action to bring peace to the people of South Sudan," saying that after eight months of conflict and nearly as many months of stumbling peace talks, "We’re well past the point where enough is enough."


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by: lisa from: TX Dallas
August 15, 2014 7:09 PM
Mr deng.
To tell the truth you never show Dr riek killing anybody, the reason why am supporting riek is simply because have been with him for all 20yrs,have never seen him holding s gun on some ones head. Second riek brought peace when he called for unification of southern Sudanese. Which the late john and kiir where against the separation of if you hate riek then your misinformed.

by: Lisa from: Tx
August 12, 2014 8:22 AM
Please, south sudanese. Enough is enough, said Kerry i once said that even the Americans will not help this time because they help us to get our independent. that was Gods plan. This time God is calling all south sudanese to look towords Jesus and ask forgiveness. God have tested salva kiir to lead his people but he failed Jesus. Am asking everybody in this world to look at Jesus in the eyes of the suffering people mostly in south Sudan. Am asking everybody to vote for Jesus , before you vote for kiir, its time for change and you must have faith in Dr riek machar, kiir said he will not accept Dr riek or any opposition in his government. But remember no body is above anybody but Jesus, Not kiir.

Enough is enough of kiir. We should pray for the innocent souls and the suffering of the innocent people mostly in the camps, then you better believe it that asking God for peace this time is the only way. Am asking Dr riek to have faith and hope everyday, and also he should remember when he said no more death of south sudanese people when he called upon the late john to talk peace instead of killing each other, that when Dr riek brought peace which lead to the independent of south Sudan. Kiir never believe in peace, in kiirs world living in peace is a sin. But this time God is only way, not kiir. Its time for peace marker . I vote for Dr riek. To all south sudanese remember the unification of the spdf and splm it was Dr riek. Welcome to 2015.
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by: Deng from: FL
August 13, 2014 1:22 PM
Lisa, if Dr. Machar is the change to Kiir, then we will never have change. If killer is suitable to be changed with killer, then you surely right, but if not! Think about it and stop spreading misleading massages. Do you know how many ten of thousands of civilians. Dr. Riek killed in1991 when he was fighting for the leadership of Dr. John Garang? And he repeated the same thing in Bor in 2013/2014. I'm not supporting Kiir as he has shown himself as a weakest leader. But rewarding Machar with leadership after he did all kind of killing will cause a none stop able war, hatred, and many more. Therefore, if this what you and your others friends want, go a heads persuade it!

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