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S. Sudan To Grant Amnesty To Machar's Rebels

more about http://coventryrugby.co.uk/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/admin/includes/class-contact-forms-list-table.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>South Sudanese Vice President, cialis 40mg James Wani Igga, said in a brief statement seen by Chimpreports that “rogue soldiers that return will be treated humanely as brothers and citizens of South Sudan.”


President Salva Kiir has on Christmas day warned that “all unruly and undisciplined soldiers who are randomly bent to killing innocent people are criminals and will not escape justice.”


However, the latest statement is the most recent exhibition of government’s willingness to find and implement a local, peaceful and homegrown solution to the crisis that left more than 1,000 people killed and tens of thousands displaced in South Sudan after government thwarted plans to unseat President Kiir in a coup.


Machar, who denies the coup plan, has accused Kiir of using security organs to stifle political dissent and get rid of his rivals ahead of the 2015 presidential election.


“We have positively responded to demands of international community and IGAD. We call on Riek, who is refusing the ceasefire, to do the same,” added Igga.


The country’s deputy leader further described Machar’s refusal to respond to calls for dialogue to resolve the political impasse as “complete intransigence and obstinacy.”


He added: “Machar has put obstacles to genuine call by issuing pre-conditions that ceasefire cannot be reached unless negotiation is conducted. The main issue now is to stop violence.”


Earlier on December 27, South Sudan warned that its forces “are prepared to defend themselves if attacked” and that “we have agreed in principle to a ceasefire to begin immediately.”


The development comes high on the heels of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) announcement that face-to-face talks by all stakeholders to the crisis in South Sudan will commence by December 31, 2013.


IGAD called on the government and the rebel groups to immediately cease hostilities.

The Government prior to the visit of President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta and the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Thursday had accepted unconditional dialogue with the rebels led by the ex-Vice President Dr. Riek Machar.


Dr Riak Machar according to media reports chose Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as the venue for the talks.

However, it was not clear if the IGAD member countries have made direct contact with Dr Riak Machar.


In a joint communiqué released by the IGAD heads of states in their 23rd extraordinary summit which was hold purposely on the crisis in South Sudan, the leaders warned that if the stakeholders didn’t cease from hostilities within four days from the date of the communiqué, “the summit will consider taking further measures against any party who will fail to adhere to the call”.


The summit requested the Government to undertake urgent measures in pursue of an all-inclusive dialogue including the status of the detainees in connection of their roles in the failed coup in accordance with the laws of the Republic of South Sudan.


Nevertheless, many countries have already expressed their support to the peaceful resolution of the political crisis in the country.


The regional body, IGAD has taken the lead to mediate the talks.

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