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November 20, 2011 (NAIROBI) — South Sudan rebel leader, George Athor, on Sunday vowed more violence against the government in the newly independent state after the failure of secrets talks held this week in Nairobi with the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.

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Southern Sudan rebel leader George Athor, speaks during a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. (AP)

Athor rebelled against the government after he was declared the loser in the April 2010 governmental elections in Jonglei state against the incumbent governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, whom he accused of allegedly rigging the vote.

On independence day, South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir declared a public amnesty to all the armed groups who had rebelled against the government after April 2010 elections.

Athor who was the SPLA Deputy Chief of General Staff for Political and Moral Orientation, signed a ceasefire agreement with Juba in January 2010, days before the referendum on self-determination to facilitate the run of a process he supported. However, Juba has accused him many times of being backed by Khartoum’s government.

Speaking to the press in Nairobi after secret negotiations with the government, George Athor posed four conditions for peace with the government stressing that his movement is determined to pay more sacrifices if needed to for peace and democracy.

"People must die so we have peace, we have democracy," Athor said in a press conference held in Nairobi. "Sacrifices have to be made," he stressed before to point an accusing finger towards Juba, saying the government there refuses to cooperate to achieve peace in the South Sudan.

"There is a grave need for peace in South Sudan but unfortunately the other side were not cooperating," went on the former SPLA general, who was chosen last April to lead a coalition council of six rebel groups in the new state.

The renegade general disclosed he met with President Salva Kiir during his recent visit to Nairobi where he reiterated his demand for new general elections in South Sudan. He also urged the formation of a new government in which his group would get "two or three" ministerial posts, until the organisation of the vote.

Athor further demanded financial compensations for the victims of the conflict with the government in his area and to develop it. He did not elaborate on the requested money but pointed out the need for schools and hospitals.

The rebel leader said the South Sudanese government negotiating team had rejected his demands. But, he said President Kiir was "positive," underlining that "that was not the same for the rest of the delegation."

Athor said they had demanded a third party to guarantee the implementation of any political agreement, and the reparations for "the losses people have suffered." Different sources said that Juba declined a US offer to mediate the conflict with the rebel leaders preferring to hold direct and separate talks with the armed groups.

In May 2010, weeks after the start of Athor’s rebellion, the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) at the time proposed to broker a deal between the parties but Juba refused the proposition.

Athor after positing his conditions and ideas about the peace process told reporters that his rebels are peace lovers who do want a negotiated settlement for the conflict.

"We are ready for talks as soon as they are," he said, adding, "we can reach an agreement because ultimately we don’t think that this can be resolved militarily."

Juba negotiated separate agreements with two rebel leaders. On 4 August Peter Gatdet returned to Juba shortly after the announce of a peace deal in Nairobi. However his group, South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) rejected the pact saying they are not part of it.

Rebel leader, Abdel Bagi Ayii Akol, also returned to Juba last October where he announced his acceptance of a presidential amnesty and said he was determined to work for peace and stability in the South Sudan.

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  • 21 November 2011 10:07, by Yanga Wani

    Just come back brother.

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    • 21 November 2011 10:25, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Hi Mr. Athor!

      Would you mind your country to be in peace not by means of violence but by sitting aroud the table for a peaceful talk with the Government of Republic of South Sudan.

      It won’t give both of you and government of Soouth Sudan an advantage but it will cause loses of innicent civilians’ lives.
      May almighty God toch your heart with peace.

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      • 21 November 2011 12:25, by Force 1

        We all know, the book cannot be judged by its cover, but you can tell the irrational from the look!

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        • 21 November 2011 19:30, by Green

          Good things about the constitutions of United State of America is that, their founders fathers, said, America cant be lead by uneducated persons, or anyone who want to become a leader have to have knowledge of education! Such demand of Athor indicate his level of incompetent and lack of knowledge. Being general doesnt mean, you are a leader or educated person. Cut the head of that snake off!

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          • 21 November 2011 21:14, by Elijah B. Elkan

            Mr. Green, you’re absolutely correct in your comments. Athor is illiterate, baboon. No one individual make those stupid demand of a government. Lam Akol is another one, he should be jailed and charge with treason against ROSS. Yes, Athor need to be erased from south Sudan.

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          • 24 November 2011 03:11, by SSLA/M Supporter

            Mr Green!!

            You are right in principle, but this should also apply to all SPLA illiterate generals including Kiir Myaardit, the ridicules President of RoSS!

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    • 21 November 2011 10:56, by Frak Cho

      Dear Athor,

      When you were SPLA big man during the war with the common enemy, you did fight whole heartedly that’s why CPA was achieved.You need to understand that you can’t achieve anything by use of force. Being Dpty Chief of General staff was such a big title compare to mere Governor post that you lost.Dear son of Africa, look at how you are used by those developed counries just to remain poor

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    • 21 November 2011 11:02, by omoni jr.

      Wow,
      From the first point, who transport the fugitive to Nairobi,kenya??
      So, if he already knew that the conflict should not be solve through militarily ,why he stupidly vow for more violence?
      George Athor is most "wanted person" in all east African countries,he should’n even made to Nairobi for that useless and time consuming meeting.
      THe good news is he is going to captured and killed like Gai.

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    • 21 November 2011 12:10, by Scorpion

      Athor those days of rebelling to get a position in the Government are already gone with your father Al-Bashir, you can imagine where your best friend Sule is today, all nonsense; make your ass ready for SPLA. This is not longer, Nuer, Dinka, Azande,Mundari,Kakwa, Bari, shilluk etc. But it’s a government of South Sudan which will not compromise anyone of being close or relative things have change

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    • 21 November 2011 12:10, by Waucity

      Our civilians are stupid, people like George Athor should be left to stand alone in their ideas of destruction...But they join and die for hopeless people like Athor. Governor Koul of Jonglie state, was actually more popular than Athor, that is why he won!!!!!!!...Why doesn’t Athor fight to free Abyei?

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    • 21 November 2011 14:00, by mon-mandhal

      Althought Athor does not deserve rigt to demand for the whole cow,I urge our govt to give him rib for the sack of peace. i mean one ministerial post & building of schools,hospital shuold be given.Becoz they are simple conditions which can cost us less than to let him continue his aprox war against the nation.

      Thank Mony-mandhal is most concern abuot the welfare of this country.

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    • 21 November 2011 15:59, by Baring

      Mr.George

      Please dont wast your time, just pack your belonging and head back to South Sudan before the people of South Sudan curst you. you see what happen to Mr. Sule, it is ancalculated plan this very idiotic move at all by Sule. So if you want another chance from your beloved people,please come back.

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    • 22 November 2011 00:15, by Junub

      Athor is a murder his name should be hand to Icc, wherever killer Athor hiding it’s a time for RSS to do this job now.
      GOD Bless people of Great Atar.

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  • 21 November 2011 10:30, by paweetdit

    It is difficult to advice the fool who doesn’t know that he is a fool than advicing a fool who knows that he a fool.
    Athor should not demant while he still the bush. Moreover, he will remain a loser for lift.

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    • 21 November 2011 10:51, by Chol A.

      Haaaha, What a Joke,
      Mr.Athor you have no sense of humanity and you do not even know the strategies for being in the bush. Imagine you demand things for your own people fool. what about others you are now claimimg to rules?

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      • 21 November 2011 11:02, by Frak Cho

        Athor,

        if you love your country and the people, please come back and joint hands in order to foster development together.

        Now you are in Kenya, you drive on a tarmac road, yet your Your Republic of South Sudan never had a single dot of tarmac since creation, please think about it!

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        • 21 November 2011 11:10, by Frak Cho

          Athor,

          It’s a pity and it add a lot to the questions to ask for compensation. What really do you mean? Truth is always bitter and most especially to the African leaders like you. I do not think you are advocating for the welfare of the people of South Sudan, you wouldn’t have rebelled just because you lost governorship. Please think twice and come back home, you are really needed!

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    • 21 November 2011 11:08, by Gabriel KK

      You are right Paweetdit, Athor is a mad visionless person in South Sudan history. his demands are nonsense and baseless and he is using useless people who don’nt think about what they are fighting for, if Athor want more people to died because of peace then he must died first for his followers. Secondly our Govt will regret its failure to tackle this rubbish movement.

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  • 21 November 2011 10:43, by Lorolokin

    Athor ,

    Come home, Khartoum can not longer support you again because we have taken back our oil. so the remaining 25 percent we gave them will not be enough to finance your war against Southern People.
    Wake up and see things correctly.Why don’t you come home and negotiate peacefully with the government.the way you act is dangerous for your own life Even Lame Akol will be better off than you.

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    • 21 November 2011 11:37, by Mapuor

      Haaa.Upper Nile!!!!!!90% of Generals in the SPLA are from Upper Nile.Minister of Defence is from Upper Nile.Dupty chief of staff,Deputy minister of Defence,Chief of staff & three quaters of Division commanders are all from Upper Nile.All rebells in the South are also from Upper Nile demanding more ranks & more ministerial positions.Kiir,Kiir its terrible.They have secret plan belief me.

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      • 21 November 2011 15:02, by mon-mandhal

        Mapour .must open his mind and learn it that some generals from Upper-Nile region did,t take arms against govt as u usual claims,u are trying to preach hatred among the army,which are not supose to be held responsibl for individual mistakes.get it now or otherwise u are crossing redline in which u will either meet yuor end or u are subjected to imprisionment in return to reactions from deformed ge

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  • 21 November 2011 11:48, by J P Puok

    Where are the usual quick to respond fellows in this website?
    Have they yet not come across it?
    God help us out of these mess
    and thank

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  • 21 November 2011 11:55, by J P Puok

    Mapuor when it come to George Athor, it is Upper Nile and when it is Bapiny Munytuil it is Nuer ! people we shall hardly get out of this mess simply of the culture of generalisation.
    sincerily speaking you are forcing a non existence idea into the ARMED ARMY’s mine. mine your comment. Lake State is not better than Upper Nile as you suppose. Killing a teacher in a class is no better than George’s.

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    • 21 November 2011 13:12, by Akook

      Mr Puok.., get the hell or your Upper Nile madness out from Mapour. Greater Lakes can’t and will never think down the way you upper nileans see things. There has never been a teacher murdered in Lakes state only in Upper Nile can at times an half of a local government got killed instantly. You have seen this madness in Fangak, Mayom, Pigi and other areas. So shut the hell up your mad mouth..

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  • 21 November 2011 12:12, by philipdit wol

    TOO late George Athor. I Wish I were you I could n,t manage to talk because you were being used by bad sheep to disorganizes the new independent nation of South Sudan despite the fact that you have been in war for more than two decade are you normal? please not "ever day is Sunday" see your way you are too small to report back please.

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  • 21 November 2011 12:32, by Red Army

    George ,

    I am a sympathizer of the revolutionary forces but the ideas represented in your private meeting with Kiir are not nationally inclusive and does not galvanize the causes of the revolutionary struggle to represent the voices of all South Sudanese. You have reduced yourself to a village politician this time around but we thought you were going to redress the issues of corruption and etc.

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    • 21 November 2011 12:41, by Red Army

      These are what you should had addressed as conditions:
      1. Elimination of corruption.
      2. Economic inequality
      3. Social Injustices.
      4. Immediate re-elections of all the disputed state governors elections.
      5. Lack of infrastructural developments.
      6.Exploitaion of national wealths and resources.
      7.Amendment of Kiir’s transitional constitution.
      8.Introduction of good governance and democracy.

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  • 21 November 2011 12:34, by Madingthith

    Dear Athor Deng,

    Please brother you must have to accept the agreements being run by South Sudan National Army leave all those nonsenses of yours like putting some conditions which need to be observed by Juba and thus you accepted those term and conditions of the peace accords.
    Condition No.1 is to build some schools and hospitals in your home areas who are those to be treated and attended

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    • 21 November 2011 12:46, by Red Army

      Madingthith,

      Your brother George Athor aka Jaang emo! is naive and screwed up this time around, yet i want him to continue to fight this government of his Jaang so that we get rid of Salva Kiir because it is more than to topple Kiir than blaming Athor for his Dinka’s village conditions. I wonder why he has reduced himself to such a shallow position. Well, let them fight becoz Kiir must go!!!

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      • 21 November 2011 12:59, by Adok Wolu

        Athor need to think wisely instead of waging war on the RSS along side with the Arab, his coloborators need to advice him on violence act towards his civil community, because they are not the one rigging election,and now they are suffering through his gun barrel, let him come to the negotiating table wtith RSS although after the couse of too many lives in the south, he will be forgiven.

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      • 21 November 2011 13:16, by Mapuor

        Dear brother

        Thorough scientific analysis of the people who are currently inhabiting Upper Nile is needed to determine a remedy for their diabolic acts.Imagine most of the positions in Juba are theirs,ARMY is their preserve especially higher ranks, yet they are the most rebellious elements in the South.

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  • 21 November 2011 12:55, by Gunkills

    Where is stupid son of Athor who call himself Supporter of gangsters(SSLM/A) to see his father stupidity, demanding food instead of development of his Nation. We always say these rebels in South Sudan have no vision. May Almighty Father punish them for good, Amen!

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  • 21 November 2011 13:03, by Epuol

    George was agood South Sudanese leader with good rank in the millitary and also good politician with many good advises,But currently George became a enemy to his peoples particularly southern sudanese citizens.

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  • 21 November 2011 13:12, by Epuol

    They are right to ask for food,Because Bashir can not reach them by land and the river because the security is very active every where in the South.Unless by air which can provide only the armunitions.

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  • 21 November 2011 14:29, by Luthern King

    I would like to empathesis to Mr.Athor, violent is not only way to claimed your right sir.We are your people that why you fought for 21 years so that you may liberate your people but exactly God had done it to us.Fill your heard with kindness and honesty to your home country and for got about the past think where are now.

    MAY GOD BLESS SOUTH SUDAN

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  • 21 November 2011 16:49, by Ability Nyok

    Nonsense, we can’t be a nation of negotiations. This idea of rewarding stupidity encourages demagogues to think they are right. Athor caused the destruction in the areas he is claiming to be rebuilt. He is brainless otherwise he would have stayed and produce his democratic ideas for the benefits of South Sudan. Claiming peace and democracy at the expense of others blood is mindless.

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  • 21 November 2011 17:20, by Ambago

    I thought those of Elihaj B. Elkan and Isaiah Abraham would be seen here leading the condemnation as usually. Now we know what material they are made of. Athor is a rebel, and what do you say of it you the two "Prophets of the Belly".

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    • 21 November 2011 21:33, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. Ambago, It’s waste of time to dignify Mr. Athor comments, or his demands. Mr. Athor is an illiterate, baboon, his comments are very elementary. Athor intimidation and black mail will not will be tolerated by ROSS. This "BABOON" must be erased before he kill innocents people. Mr. Ambago. I have no tolerant for idiots. Hope this answer you concerns.

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  • 21 November 2011 17:29, by alhaz

    war
    george, i urge u with ur words of war must stop with u, we are tired of wars and killings in south sudan. please george if u dont have what to do it’s better u go to ur vellage and practice Agriculture. leave us in peace such that we make some development george, dont u remember we are still behind in development, we need services from our well organised and representated government.do not put the blame on regging just put in ur mine that u have lost the position and u make a seriouse mobilisation now for next election rather than rebelling, do u think that rebelling can value u in south sudan? it worth’s nothing mr george

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  • 21 November 2011 17:49, by Longa

    Brothers, we have still a long way to go. We are still to learn the basics of governing. now like Athor if he comes to government what contributions is he going to contribute? Look at the arrogance he is making? I Do not understand why at this moment other politicians in South Sudan become obcessed with taking power rather than thinking along the lines of how to contribute to development of RoSS?

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  • 21 November 2011 18:40, by BM Bol

    Seriously, I used to admire this guy but the more he opens his mouth, the less appeal he becomes. Isn’t he the same person keep attacking and planning landmines in the areas he’s claiming to represent? He definitely lost legitimacy & deserved no respect or whatsoever!!!

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  • 21 November 2011 18:48, by yaaidit

    Athor you have no shame,do you know how many live you stupid have loosed with in this period of time,Athor you are not normal to decided to come for peace,listen here your death is around you of you do not know.
    secondly dear brother do not continue calling him George ,he is not longer George he is to be call devil Athor and if you Govt of SS give this devil a change than you are the part of this

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  • 21 November 2011 20:42, by Jacob Dior Macueng Aciek

    Hello Mr. Athor,
    I wish you have time to see our reactions over your attitudes,the people you are killing are the people you want to rule,what next if you finish them? let dialogue and evaluation take place socially for you to be heard if not than think of the Arab world disaster either it’s a good move or destruction? we shed blood during the war and now it’s time for peace,receive the amnesty.

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  • 22 November 2011 01:44, by Tribe

    To All,
    Anything in-between folks is less than George Athor.He is cocky hardheaded moron of Jieng. Nothing will stall him other then a bullet with his name on it.Any room we concede for him to breathe and is two open rooms for him to occupy and advance his moronic agenda.Time is up and he has given us vast reasons to take him out.where is the so call Military Intelligence(MI),proxy of CIA.

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  • 22 November 2011 07:24, by Madina Tonj

    George Athor Deng Dut.
    You must stop fighting and come back, you can see those triators are now enjonying for what you fough for.
    You must told all your Idocy rebels that, rebellion to change Old government took years as you guys should understand how long the Southern Sudanese struggles since 1955 up to the CPA in 2005. We can change Gohrialism and Bentiu of Leer triator through voting only.

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  • 22 November 2011 09:46, by Yanga Wani

    Why not Mr.kiir go and pick up like many other

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  • 22 November 2011 09:51, by Bauer

    This son of a bitch should go to hell. Am not from unity state but whatever he wants even the people of Unity state should not and NEVER allow to be ruled by this wolf. Killing your own people; where do you put the 2.5million lives that were lost during the liberation struggle. Please spare us of violence in ROSS, we are tired and want peace like all the above put it, accept amnesty big wolf!

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  • 22 November 2011 11:20, by ulla 007

    Look guys when you watch careful our fellow southerners like george Athor rebelled against its own Dinka government just to get the position without analysiing his qualification whether he can do that job when he was given. there is alot of them here in the south that is why the government of south is very weak , poor performance and high rate of illiteracy in the government,south have messed up.

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  • 23 November 2011 11:15, by Lokorai

    George,

    Please don’t dream like that again, you must listen to your people and come home.

    But I fear for ’secret’ talks of the cow boy with the rebels.

    Someone must help me.

    Enough is enough with that dog called Athor, prick a bullet on his head!!!!

    Lokorai

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  • 23 November 2011 15:01, by Brother Billy

    Dear South Sudanese,
    The issue of compensating the rebels by giving them positions or money as Athor stated is completely useless as it may encourage other people including the writer next time who are not given position and money to do the same.Athor is just after money, it was Kiir`s weakness to accept the request of Athor for three ministerial position. what about those who did not rebel in SS?

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