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February 26, 2017 (SSB) — Your Excellency, Ato Haile Merriam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Hon Ministers, Distinguished ladies and gentlemen.

Please allow me to extend my warm deep appreciation and gratitude for the kind invitation for me and my delegation to visit Ethiopia and hold talks with the leadership of this country.

The 8 Agreements or/and Memoranda of Understanding which we signed this morning will go a long way in further strengthening our bilateral relations. These relations are already excellent but our ambition is to take them to a level where the ordinary citizens in our two sisterly countries will feel and practically benefit from the improvement of our two economies and thus lift the standard of livelihood of our people.


The Speech of President Kiir, during the opening of the national assembly, 21 February 2017 (PDF)

Special Envoy Donald Booth at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

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January 24, 2017 (SSB) — Thank you all for joining us today. Ambassador Lyman, thank you for agreeing to moderate. I will start by saying that, if there is one thing I am going to take away from my time as the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, it is the depth of interest and involvement in the Sudans on the part of so many people here in the United States. Sudan and South Sudan are distant, complex places – and yet all of you know and care so much about them and their people. You help inform and animate U.S. policy. We have not always agreed, but I can say confidently that our role in the Sudans would be much diminished without the rich debate resulting from your engagement. I thank you.

I am grateful for this opportunity to offer some reflections as I step down as Special Envoy. Since I took this job in August 2013, a tremendous amount has happened in Sudan and South Sudan – more than I will be able to review today. Let me begin with South Sudan.


President Donald Trump Inaugural Address

Posted: January 21, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Speeches

Obama’s Statement on US Recognition of the Republic of South Sudan, July 9, 2011.

January 20, 2017 (SSB) — Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships, but we will get the job done.

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth.

Politicians prospered, but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.


Statement of H.E. James Wani Igga, Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, during Bamako Partnership, Peace, and Emergence Summit at the International Conference Hall, Mali- Bamako- January 14, 2017

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January 15, 2017 (SSB) — Your Excellency the Chair of the Summit, Your Excellencies the Heads of State and Governments, Ladies and gentlemen, I bring to you all cordial greetings from my President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the entire people of South Sudan.

On Partnership

Partnership among and between African countries is manifested by current efforts on regional and inter-regional economic integration schemes. More prominent is the partnership between Africa and the rest of the world in the fields of security and economic growth bearing in mind the sustainable development Agenda 2030. Indeed, Pan-Africanism informs us to work together in robust partnerships.

It is strongly recommended that we take more determined steps to further strengthen our bargaining influence as a single gigantic region. Case in point is the need to solicit funds for projects that promote regional and continental integration. We must take advantage of the greatest economic leaps humanity has achieved in the last half century.

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January 11, 2017 (SSB) — President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, ladies and gentlemen. We have been in a brief meeting with His Excellency President Al Sisi to brief him about our situation is South Sudan. And before that, all of us when we come here from South Sudan, we come to our second home and this is how we find ourselves.

We are always here as citizens, and not as guests, and so we have a range of things that we have discussed with His Excellency for the implementation of the peace agreement, you know, there have been ups and downs since we signed the agreement in August 2015.

Dr. Machar never turned up again to go to Juba up to April 2015, and when he went to Juba, he made sure that he goes with the force, and that force was facilitated by people who are anti-peace, and pretend to be the peace makers.

Riek Machar went to Juba and he wanted to formed a parallel government where he will have his own cabinet outside the cabinet of the national government, this is how we have been working from April up to July.


President Salva Kiir: “I am deeply concerned about the direction our country is heading to: tribal hatred and divisions. I am deeply concerned about the parents who cannot feed their children due to the shrinking economy. I am deeply concerned about the street children and all the citizens of this country. We shall work to preserve and protect the unity of our people. As your President, I will not allow this suffering to continue. I shall be the patron of the NATIONAL DIALOGUE. We fought for the unity of this country but not to tear it apart. We shall guarantee its unity. Let us embrace the unity. I am initiating the national dialogue. It has been the hallmark of the Liberation struggle. The cases in point are the rejoining of the Movement by Dr Riek in 2002 and Dr Lam in 2003. The amicable resolution of Yei 2004 crisis in Rumbek and the 2006 Juba Declaration with the Late Gen Paulino Matip. I ask all the people of South Sudan to forgive me for any mistakes I might have committed. Fellow citizens, I call upon all of you to stop any propaganda against the international community, especially the American people and the United Nations. I likewise urge the international community in spirit of national dialogue, to also cease any negative propaganda against the people and the government of the Republic of South Sudan.” The National Committee of Imminent Personalities will be constituted to head the National Dialogue Initiative in South Sudan. ~~~~~~President Salva Kiir’s national address to the national legislative assembly in Juba, South Sudan, on the 14th of December, 2016.

President Kiir’s Address to the Nation: The Call for National Dialogue Initiative in South Sudan (PDF)


A very rare and honest concession speech by the outgoing President John Mahama of Ghana after he was defeated in a presidential election by the opposition leader, President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party


The true size of Africa

December 11, 2016 (SSB) — “Good evening, my fellow countrymen and women. A few minutes ago, I made the most difficult phone call I have made, and may ever make, in my life: I called President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party to congratulate him on his well-fought and well-deserved victory in Wednesday’s election. The win has been emphatic. If anybody has reason to doubt the presidential results, the sheer magnitude of the defeat, which our parliamentary candidates have suffered, is the clearest indication that we have outlived our welcome.

Telling the world that I would graciously accept the outcome of the election was one thing, but confronting the stark reality of an electoral defeat is another harrowing experience altogether. But I had no option. The people of Ghana have said emphatically that they are taking away the power they gave to me four years ago, and I have no power to say no. Besides, I love the country that has given me the opportunity to serve in various capacities for nearly two decades and I will not do anything to undermine our democracy or threaten the peace we enjoy.



H.E. James Wani Igga, The Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan;

Honorable Ministers;

Honorable Ambassadors;

Professor Nega Abraham,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen;

jmec chairman festus mogae


  1. I want to commend the conveners of this workshop for bringing together H.E., the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, key Ministers, international partners and international academics to discuss the impact of peace on economic progress.

  1. The theme of this workshop is what the comprehensive peace agreement is all about—building institutions for sustainable security in the country as well as building institutions for effective management of the economy and public finances.

  1. South Sudan is in the throes of a deep economic crisis, the roots of which lie in a protracted war and previously poor fiscal and economic management. The economic situation interacts directly with the security situation. Security is a pre-requisite for a stable economy which in turn is a prerequisite for peace, development and prosperity. For any economic progress to occur, the security situation must be stabilized.


Full Text of the Opening Remarks by JMEC Deputy Chairman, H.E. Ambassador Lieutenant General Augostino Njoroge, during the cantonment workshop: “security and inclusivity are a priority for any cantonment operation” in Juba, South Sudan, on November 17, 2016

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November 17, 2016 (SSB) — “Lieutenant General James Ajongo, Chair of the JMCC, Distinguished Generals, Diplomatic Representatives, Ladies and Gentlemen. “It is my honor to welcome you to this workshop, and thank Lt. Gen. James Ajongo for asking JMEC to support this JMCC initiative.

“JMEC appreciates the opportunity to support this Cantonment workshop and the efforts of the JMCC, partners and other participants over the next two days in order to share and gain insights and knowledge into the Cantonment process, the general plan of action for initial cantonment operations, and how cantonment will likely transition into the DDR process in the coming months.  The work of the JMCC today and in the future is critical, and it is constituted by Chapter II, Article 3.3 of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), and as such, JMCC is responsible for oversight and coordination of the cantonment process, as well as the return to barracks by the SPLA-IG.


Ethiopian PM, Haile Mariam Desalegn, Addresses South Sudan National Legislative Assembly during one-day visit to Juba

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October 28, 2016 (SSB) — “Today, we still continue to stand with people of South Sudan as they move forward towards the implementation of the peace agreement and consolidation stability in their own country. Ethiopia rejects the path of war and armed resistance in any forms and stands with those who have chosen peaceful engagement.

“We will not support an armed struggling group or anyone who opts for path of war and therefore we will not allow any armed movement which is detracting from peace in our region both in Ethiopia and South Sudan and will cooperate in a strong army-to-army cooperation where the president has agreed to send his chief of staff quickly to Addis Ababa and they will agree on the common cooperation of making our borders and also inland secure.

“We also agreed on protection of investment and promotion of investment in our two countries where South Sudanese investors can freely invest in Ethiopia and equally also Ethiopian investors can invest in South Sudan.”

President Kiir: “We have discussed very important issues and especially the bilateral issues and we have signed several MoUs and these are things to be implemented. We have agreed on security issues that we will not allow any negative force to use our territory to launch hostile activities on the other.”

“The road will be open so that Ethiopian goods come here by land. Instead of going far places to buy oil, they will get it from South Sudan, especially now that we are going to build our refinery.”

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Opening statement by US Ambassador to South Sudan, Amb. Molly McPhee, during the plenary meeting of the Joint Monitoring & Evaluation Commission, 19 October 2016, Juba, South Sudan


Molly McPhee, US Ambassador to South Sudan

October 23, 2016 (SSB) — The United States welcomes the convening of this plenary session, and endorses the Chairman’s balanced and constructive statement. The events of July, and the subsequent deterioration in the country triggered by the fighting, is deeply distressing to old friends of South Sudan like the United States.

I am not sure it is possible for me to fully express the profound disappointment and loss of confidence felt by the leaders and people of my country. Frustration with the poor decisions that culminated in the battles of July and despair at the appalling aftermath have deeply shaken our bilateral relationship.

We do not believe the violence that erupted last July was inevitable. The leaders of both the government and the armed opposition failed to seize the opportunity offered by the peace agreement to put down their weapons and resume the task of building this young country, a vital task that was first disrupted in 2013. Many of us in this room worked very hard to create the conditions for a second chance, for a new start. We now share in the disappointment felt by the people of South Sudan.






John Kerry, US secretary of state, with former South Sudanese minister for international affairs, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin

US Secretary of State, John Kerry: “With respect to Machar, it’s not up to the United States; it’s up to the leaders of South Sudan and the people of South Sudan and the political parties and the political process, and their neighbors, to weigh in on what is best or not best with respect to Machar. But I think it’s quite clear that legally, under the agreement, there is allowance for the replacement in a transition of personnel, and that has been effected with the appointment of a new vice president. And what they decide to do is going to be dependent on them in the context of the implementation of the peace agreement.”

James Gatdet Dak : “The recent Summit in Addis Ababa of the Heads of State and Government of IGAD-Plus, including participation of representatives of the United States, passed a resolution which expects the “illegal” First Vice President, General Taban Deng Gai, to step down and for a third party force to be deployed in Juba before the “legitimate” First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, can return to Juba. Any other rumoured opinions are irrelevant and against the IGAD resolutions. We dismiss them as rumours or opinions from individual officials, and call on them to abide by the contents of the peace deal and the IGAD resolutions. We thank IGAD leaders for sticking to their resolutions! Having said that, despite the “rumoured irrelevant opinions attributed to some uninformed officials”, it is the prerogative of the leadership and members of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) to decide how best to stop the violations of the August 2015 peace agreement by President Salva Kiir.”


President Kiir Speech to the Transitional National Legislative Assembly in Juba, 15 August 2016

Ban Ki-Moon’s speech in Kigali

Posted: July 19, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan, Speeches

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon’s speech during the 27th African Union Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, 16 July 2016

“The restoration of the Transitional Government of National Unity will depend on the full demilitarization of Juba.”

Gov't reject more troops in South Sudan

IGAD Communique calls upon UN to upgrade UNMISS as a protection force to pacify Juba

July 19, 2016 (SSB) — Thank you for your invitation and your collective efforts to address the crisis in South Sudan.

Let me begin by saying I was not planning to be in Kigali, but I am here because there is a crisis and I am here because we need to urgently address it together.

I know many of you have worked hard to secure peace for the world’s youngest country – and I know all of us agree that we cannot afford South Sudan slipping back into a civil war.


The speech of Hilde Johnson during the launch of her book, “South Sudan: The untold Story from Independence to civil War,” in London, UK, 21 June 2016

Hilde Johnson

June 26, 2016 (SSB) — During the launch of her book, “South Sudan: The untold Story from Independence to civil War,” on June 21, 2016, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Hilde F. Johnson started her speech by quoting President Salva Kiir’s speech during South Sudan’s Independence on 09th July, 20ll:

Our detractors have already written us off, even before the proclamation of the Independence Day. They say we will slip in civil war as soon as our flag is hoisted. They justified that by arguing that we are incapable of resolving our problems through dialogue. They charged that we are quick to revert to violence. They claim that our concept of democracy and freedom is faulty. It is incumbent upon us to prove them all wrong!” That was Salva Kiir Mayardiit, president of South Sudan, on Independence Day, 9 July 2011.

Two years later the detractors were proven right. Competition for political power had turned violent and would eventually shake the foundation of the new republic of South Sudan. Before its third birthday, the dream of independence and freedom had turned into a nightmare. The liberators risked destroying the very country they had spent decades fighting for.


Ador Thon-maketh moved the crowd during the Lith Payam’s thanksgiving ceremony in honor of Kuer Dau Apai, on the 4th of June, 2016, in Githurai, Nairobi, Kenya

Ador Thon-maketh

Ador Thon-maketh

June 8, 2016 (SSB) — During a ceremony courtesy of Kuer Dau Apai on 4 June 2016, this speech was delivered in a mixture of English and Dinka with proverbs and figurative demonstrations to the Bor Community in Africa Inland Church at Githurai, Nairobi. “The speaker has told us what I have never heard from my own community elders. I am moved!” said Deng Jok, the Lith Payam Leader and organizer of the event in Nairobi.



The signpost welcoming the arrival of Riek Machar in Juba, put up by the government, at the site of Shirkhat suburb of Juba before the Juba Bridge

April 26, 2016 (SSB)  —-  Your Excellency, President Festus Mogae, Chairman the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, Your Excellency President Omar Alpha Konare, Special Representative of the African Union, Your Excellency First Vice President Riek Machar, Your Excellency James Wani Igga, Vice President of the Republic, Your Excellencies,

It is nearly 28 months since my brother Dr. Riek Machar left Juba in the aftermath of the incident of the 15th of December 2013. Personally, I am very happy to welcome and warmly receive my brother Dr. Riek Machar Teny to Juba to be with us, and I have no doubt that his return to Juba today marks the end of the war and the return of peace and stability to South Sudan.


Opening Statement by His Excellency Festus G. Mogae, Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), at the meeting of JMEC held in Juba on 24 March 2016

Festus Mogae in Malakal

Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Chairperson Festus Mogae visits Malakal.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, good morning.

March 25, 2016 (SSB)  —-  My statement today will be brief, because our agenda remains unchanged from our last meeting, and the urgency of the situation is apparent.  I am sure that all concerned are aware of what needs to happen and where responsibility for progress lies.  In today’s meeting, it is my hope that we achieve the following four outcomes: