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    South Sudan to Seek Washington’s Help at US-Africa Summit

    Peter Clottey

    South Sudan’s foreign minister says President Salva Kiir will seek Washington’s assistance in ending over seven months of conflict at the U.S. - Africa summit scheduled to begin this week.

    On Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,  the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) will continue to mediate peace negotiations between the government and rebels.

    Barnaba Marial Benjamin said Mr. Kiir will exchange ideas with other African heads of state at the summit to find ways of ending the conflict. He said U.S. special envoy ambassador Donald Booth has been instrumental in helping the country resolve the conflict.

     “The United States through President Obama has been greatly contributing to helping the Republic of South Sudan resolve the present rebellion,” said Marial.

    He said Kiir will also hold talks with fellow leaders as well as top officials of the African Union to find ways of ending conflicts – and terrorism -- on the continent.

    “He will be touching base with the rest of his colleagues who have also problems in their countries. There are issues related to security throughout the continent…these are serious issues [on which] they need to share ideas and experiences so that peace is on the top of the agenda,” said Marial.

    The United States government can contribute in supportingcountries fighting terrorism,” said Marial. “African heads of state will put their heads together to try to resolve these issues and get assistance from the US government. The US  [and Africa should be] on the same wavelength [in terms of how] they look at African problems, [which does not include] regime change.”

    He said he’s hopeful the US can help cement Africa’s democratic processes and bring peace and development. Critics say both South Sudan’s government and the rebels lack the political will to resolve the conflict following counter accusations that each side has been undermining previous cessation of hostilities agreements.

    Marial disagreed saying the rebels are to blame for breaching a recent ceasefire agreement signed between President Kiir and former vice president and rebel leader Riek Machar.

    “Our administration is very clear in its commitment to resolving this issue peacefully and bringing peace to the people of the South Sudan. On Heroes Day, President Salva Kiir’s statement to that nation was that he had just had discussions with the government’s peace delegation in Addis and the message to them was that they should come back with peace,” said Marial.

    “So it indicates the seriousness of the government through the IGAD peace process and the commitment of the government’s side to resolving this issue. We are going to discuss all the issues laid down in the IGAD agenda, which stresses political reform, constitutional reforms, security sector reform, [and] an all-inclusive government of national unity,” said Marial.

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    by: Dr. Isaac Luk from: Omaha, Nebraska
    August 06, 2014 12:13 AM
    I would like to comment that the current President of South Sudan, does not have the will to end the conflict, because He is the masterpiece for violent in the country. He does not practice what he preach. In the public eyes he hide the truth, but behind the scene he plot evil against those who are not standing with him. He is acting to stay life on power. He want to rule with iron fist, and those who harbor around him, are just fearful of their own lives, and also what they can get from the lion share of the country resources, deemed for corruption, tribalism, and nepotisms. I would argue that the only way to let this current crisis come to an end, is to let him go, and allow time for the citizens of Southern Sudan to find confident in themselves. Salva Kiir, is a murderer and should not be allowed to be part of the solution, because with him being on power more blood will continue to bleed in South Sudan. Now he is bribing anyone he can find to let him stay on power, he uses the country money to buy the citizens to be on his side. NO DEMOCRACY, NO VOICE, NO LIFE,

    by: Lisa from: Tx
    August 04, 2014 10:11 AM
    Minister marial, Americans are peaceful people. Don't think that your lies on behalf of your presindent kiir. You should know that every body know what is going on. Let kiir stand up and explain himself to the world as the presendent, instead you speaking on his behalf. I pray that obama don't even meet with you evil people. You kill the innocent people and you pretend to seek peace from American. American did help us to be independent from the north Sudan. When they handed peace to the south Sudanese government instead of standing for freedom in the country, your presindent got married with money, instead of development of the country.

    And you the minister are just enjoying the killing of the innocent. Marial one day you will answer to God as per why you headed the devil government. This time all the people in kiir government who support the killing of the innocent God will disown your families and soon death will come to your doors if you don't stand in for peace. Stop accusing Dr riek for Gods sake. This time accept that peace is the only way instead of war. We all know that your government is getting ready to kill thousand of innocent people, by Gods name if you do that i pray you all go to hell.

    by: iwa from: Nimule
    August 04, 2014 8:23 AM
    Please marial when talking peace we consider that we are talking peace with animals,Riak is animal and his followers,and please those who comments on an article must edit there English same on you.

    by: Anonymous
    August 04, 2014 5:54 AM
    My comment 's concerning for peace which you are talking to bring in south sudan which have war for long time you need to be settled that problem/situation.
    In war lots of the people they were dead both female,male,boy,girl and even baby whom they don't known what going on that problem happen in south sudan there's no other country these problem happen in it.
    You need to be solve that very soon!!!

    by: Pidor from: Seattle, Washington
    August 03, 2014 10:25 PM
    Please let me tell you one thing, don't lies for the people of southern Sudan, because you can not talking about the same thing, and you can not do that. Why do you think. If you want peace can you do that. I think you are lying on the other side, because I know when you you went to UK you said that you are from lou nuer then you not a part of us, that why I consider you cannot telling the truth.
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    by: Kuol Achiek from: Juba
    August 08, 2014 1:56 PM
    I'm very sure, president Kiir will end this conflict if rebel leader would do the same.

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