South Sudan Ex-Detainee: Warring Parties Don’t Want Peace

By John Tanza, VOA.

Pagan Amum, the former political detainee(Photo: via still Sudan)

Pagan Amum, the former political detainee(Photo: via still Sudan)

Dec 26, 21014(Nyamilepedia) — One of the four South Sudanese politicians who were detained for months after fighting broke out last year says the United Nations and African Union should impose a peace deal on South Sudan’s warring sides if they cannot reach one themselves.

“If we fail to reach an agreement as South Sudanese, particularly the warring parties, then the IGAD countries should impose it,” former SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum told South Sudan in Focus.

“If the two warring parties defy the IGAD region, then the IGAD countries should seek the support of our continent. And the last resort would be to seek international community intervention through the Security Council of the United Nations, because South Sudan cannot and should not be allowed to fall into chaos and widen the areas of disorder and chaos in this continent,” he said.

Amum and 11 other high-ranking political figures were detained in December last year on suspicion of being part of what President Salva Kiir said was a failed coup bid that kicked off fighting that is still ongoing in parts of the country.

One of the politicians was released immediately and seven others were released after six weeks in detention.

But Amum and three others — former Security Minister Oyay Deng Ajak, former Deputy Defense Minister Majok D’Agot Atem, and former envoy for southern Sudan to the United States, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth — remained in jail, and in March were taken to court for hearings to determine if they had committed treason.

They were released at the end of April, with the government saying it had set them free to promote the peace in the country. Amum said the case against the four had fallen apart.

Amum has been attending the South Sudan peace talks, which are brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).  The latest round of talks ground to a halt last week. Information Minister Michael Makuei blamed the rebel side for causing the talks to falter. He said the rebels had reneged on an earlier agreement on the number of cabinet positions in the national government.

Amum agreed that the warring sides could not see eye to eye on the make-up of a transitional government of national unity. But, he added, the real reason the peace talks broke down again is because the warring parties “… are lacking the desire of seeing South Sudan return to peace.”

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11 comments

  • everytime nuers start and again are the first to lamen that they have been masacre if I am to tell you my dear,do you know the number of dinka people you have killed most especially dinka bor but we don’t compare to things that have happened in other african countries. now answer my question do you know the number of dinka bor people which was killed by your phd holder you always claim an educated person who doesn’t value the lives of people in South Sudan

  • Dinka Bor, you are always portending whenever Nuer correct Dinka wrong doer. J. Ramilthon, would you tell me how many Bor actually were Killed by Nuer. if you are talking about 1991 that you used too. There were no killing been carry out by Nuer, it was you the Dinka Bor who murdered Nuer in Pinygoor during your genocidal John Garang when he were trying to Killed Dr. Machar. On the current war that you have massacred Nuer in thousands in Juba. No Dinka were killed in Bor, those who were killed were Dinka in uniforms and there were no civilian were killed most of your civilions were inspire by Nuer who were fighting you the Dinka. Look at you when your minister Makui lueth order you the Dinka to massacred Nuer in Un compound and nobody said anything. on the regard of so called G11, Pagan Amum is day dreaming because he was a one who mess up this country. his own people Shullok are the one Killing Nuer simply because they were briber by Salva Kiir and you all of you the Dinka.

    My friend you may continue lying to the world in order to covered up what you have done to Nuer. But God knows who is hand bloody and the times is coming, if you Guys when instability in South Sudan, we are not fearing foreign forces, they are already in a battle field and they have done nothing to us. we will fight until you recognize and acknowledge you mistake you have done to the people of South Sudand

  • It is only those who were not in south sudan who will say there was no intent of wiping the nuer out or they are just trying to play it defensive but everything has a beginning and an end.

    • The 1991 war in Bor town was plans by Manyang Juk and Kiir Mayadiit. The meeting was
      Arranges to make sure the peace between Dr. John and Dr. Riek is discussed. When
      Dr. John was trying to make peace; he was informs to leaves the town.
      He were inform to leave for Kenya by Majak De Agot, Kiir mayadiit, Manyang Juk,
      William Nyoun & one of them was Dinka White Army leader in town. According to military intelligence
      Those above mentioned commandos’ was able to fight against Kuach Kang of Jamus.
      That war kills Kuach Kang and Josep Odus and Dr. Riek was able to survive.

      The plans were by Manyang Juk and Kiir Mayardiit. If there was a dead person at the times,
      Blames is going to the two Generals above. Also, the killing of people in Juba is done by Kiir
      But I do blame James Nyahoth Mai, & Dr. Riek Machar. This is because Dr. John Garange was able to see
      The problem and communicate it to Dr. Machar, but Dr. Machar refused to acknowledges the
      Threaten imposed by Kiir after he was removed by John as deputy and replace him by Dr. Riek Machar
      This is after Dr. John discovered that Kiir is not good to lead people of South Sudan.
      Kiir was able to defected a year before CPA was sign.
      Dr. Riek was able to bring him back. Kiir was brought back from the Yei defection in 2004 by Dr. Riek Machar
      After the CPA was sign he was able to reach Unganda President to Kill Dr. John Garang through plant crushes.
      The point I am trying to make is no Nuer, who kills Dinka from 1991 until today.
      Killing is an Army soldiers killing unarm civilians
      Thank you
      Peter

    • James ohisa, why do not you guys accept the facts instead of denying it,who want to wipe who,it’s Nuer who started shooting their own Dinka colleagues within the military guards, and in Bor its your Nuer again who kills Dinka Bor, please let’s make sense when we says facts.it obvious that you Nuer will never accept that you are laying and you went a head and started believing your own lies. Your stupidity will never let you learn at all,those who educated, and intellectual are all the same leave the illiterates alone who are worse than animal ,none of you has the brain to digest and analyze the facts

  • To: People of south sudan who are suffering now for war brokeout from juba. Why we need that to kill each other as a one family an i want nuer to come an seat together with dainka because nuer they have right to fight a government of juba for what they dided to naath in juba. Persident to say sorry to nuer community in south sudan another.

  • These what so called G11 or 10 are the useless group who in the first place can blame the mess we are in, they are the one who were leading our new nation, and instead of building they went a head and loot the country, they destructed the structure of SPLA/M and leave it without any organization so they can play it as they want, and went things turns against they mislead the ignorant leader of Nuer to lead them and went things get bad the left him a lone.
    This group will never size any power in South Sudan again they are already scrapped politician no room for them anymore, that’s why they are barking and asking the international world to take over our country, but we are telling them this will never happened again

  • the war that breakout in S.Sudan was already planed by Kiir to takes place in time schedule,the massacre of UN Bor-I was personnelly there,they comes to hand their partition to UN.in meantime while the others came by second door…the orders came from Bor leaders:Michael becoz after we are been killed in the morning untill after…Then he said that,those who are in UN compound are rebel

  • G-11 boys have already cut-down ,severely,the development the whole world has expected of them when the world community supplied south sudan with BNS OF $. but instead they went and buried them under the bushes and now, if everybody could see closely , they are trying their luck once more. the hyenas’ gift of doing the same offense at the same spot. not fair wright everybody. they (G-something) need to try somewhere else. get contend with their kills or just go and unearth their spoils where ever they buried them around GOD’s given universe. leave the sorry civilians to who would be able to nourish and bring them back from the living-dead-like world you have manufectuered . well if the G10-11 and the others in the gov. have hearts, then it is wise to give way or else we need to know how bad monisters we got out there!!!!!!

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