Telar Deng: Let’s appreciate Khartoum for hosting Kiir-Machar face-to-face talks

Posted: June 7, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Commentary, Contributing Writers, HLRF, Junub Sudan, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers, Telar Ring Deng

Position on the involvement of Sudan to bring Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar for a face-to-face talk

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Sharing the plate: peacefully or violently is what is being decided in Khartoum, Sudan

Thursday, June 07, 2018 (PW) — “Peace comes from being able to contribute the best we have, and all that we are, towards creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are.” Hafsat Abiola.

It is high time we forgot about the past and worked together to bring a lasting solution to the civil war that is ravaging our country. Foreign intervention might not really bring the solutions we need as a country but will give us a platform in which we will be able to find our own solutions as South Sudanese. Therefore, we thank Sudan for giving us a platform on which President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar will be able to meet on a face-to-face basis.

However as they also meet, it is very important to be cognizant of the fact that we have quite a number of movements in South Sudan who may have been aggrieved by the way things are run in the country. These parties also need to be included in the peace talks and given a chance at the table. I believe if all parties are brought together , we would be fostering quite a number of things, first, we would be bring all the different ideas to the table.

Our solutions lie in these ideas. Secondly, we would also be fostering multi-party democracy in our young nation. This would assist us in fostering a feeling of unity among the followers of various political ideologies and would also prevent one political ideology from being dominant. Our citizens would feel involved because they also have parties they support. The inclusivity of all the parties will help us realize the peace that we all desire.

I would like to thank all the IGAD member states for the unrelenting support that they have accorded South Sudan for some years now. However as we give credit where it’s due, we should also speak out on the vices. It was a miscalculation not to include Dr. Riek Machar in the peace talks was a miscalculation on IGADs part. IGAD should also include the newly formed parties that are already on the ground.

The left out movements will definitely carry on with the war regardless of the UNSC sanctions. For instance as it stands currently, some SPLA generals have been sanctioned by the UNSC yet they are the ones pursuing the military incursion on behalf of the government. I still vehemently discourage sanctions because sanctions defeat diplomacy.

Once a country is sanctioned, the international community loses leverage to influence the country and its rulers. When I was in Russia as an ambassador I lobbied the Russians to oppose sanctions against South Sudan because I believe the stick and carrot policy doesn’t work. Do we need peace or accountability?

I think we need peace first then we can be held accountable later. The hybrid court will take care of accountability and not the UNSC. It is our hope and prayer that peace would be achieved sooner than we all expected.

The author, Telar Ring Takpiny Deng, is the former South Sudanese Ambassador to the Russian Federation, and is reachable via his email: Telar Deng <telardeng@gmail.com>

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Comments
  1. SPLA OYEEE says:

    For me, the meeting between President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar is a must and very important to occur. But, the worst thing is that it will take place in Khartoum. This is an indirect insult to South Sudanese politicians at large, and to you the rulers in particular.
    You were before fighting Khartoum due to their wrong ruling; and now their system of ruling becomes very nice to the point that they can give you advice about how to govern your country South Sudan. When you set meeting to be made in Khartoum, they are going to listen to how you think and study you very well. Is there no other better country than Khartoum to conduct your meeting? Or are you telling us the civilians of South Sudan that you don’t have anymore problems with Khartoum? What about Abyei? What about 14 mile and much more? Were just fighting Khartoum simply to be on the ruling thrown? Don’t tell us that it was IGAD that made the arrangement; you would have had objection. But, both of you seem to be happy with Khartoum. It will not be surprising to be used by Khartoum against your own people in the South Sudan, like when you kicked out the best South Sudanese politicians because Bashir don’t like them to be in the government in South Sudan, example of Pagan Amum. It was Bashir that said he don’t like Pagan and Bashie will was executed and Pagan was removed. I am quite sure that when both of you returned from the coming meeting, some politicians will be removed and the worst ones will replace them. President Bashir is using both of you indirectly to destroy South Sudan. How come that you are a friend of somebody who hasn’t done even one good thing for the South Sudan since the signing of peace between the north and the South Sudan. Khartoum had moved the real border line between the Sudan and South Sudan thousands of kilometers southward; Khartoum is refusing the right of Abyei that they belongs to the South Sudan and want Abyei to be give Tunisia Msssiriyians. Khartoum is taking the land of Malwal 14 mile, Khartoum is stealing the South Sudan Oil while two of you (Salva and Riek) are giving blind eyes and deaf ears. Both Riek and Salva are now punishing the SPLA on behalf of Khartoum about why SPLA weighed wars against Khartoum. So, Khartoum created ways to let them fight each other and kill themselves, such that SPLA can be weak enough and not to fight Khartoum anymore. Any way, I am talking to myself, and you both and meet in your Khartoum where your friend Al Bashir is. And may be this time Bashir has planned to give you both poisons.
    Thank you,

    SPLA OYEEE

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