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Juba signs deal with rebel group of the late George Athor

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February 27, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Monday said that it signed a peace agreement with the South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army, (SSDM/A), one of the rebel groups formerly under the leadership George Athor Deng Dut, before his death in December last year.

Barnaba Marial Benjamin, South Sudan’s minister of information and broadcasting on Monday announced the signing of the deal with the rebel group, describing it as an important step to resolving conflict in the seven month old country.

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SPLA Brig. Gen. Michael Majur (left) and Abraham Thon (right) representative of rebel leader Lt. Gen. George Athor, signing a ceasefire agreement in Juba on Jan. 5, 2011 to allow a peaceful conduct of the referendum on South Sudanese independence (AP)

Athor began his rebellion after loosing the Jonglei state gubernatorial race to the incumbent, Kuol Manyang Juuk, who had been backed by South Sudan’s ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). Before his death Athor’s SSDM was believed to be the most powerful of the various rebel groups operating in South Sudan.

The 27 February agreement "was signed by Thomas Duoth on behalf of the government of South Sudan and Peter Kuol Chol Awan on their behalf", Marial announced on Monday.

Peter Kuol Chol Awan was elected to replace Athor in January 2012, renewing Athor’s pledge to overthrow the South Sudanese government due to corruption, tribalism and undemocratic practices. Upon assuming the leadership Awan reportedly denied he had entered negotiations with Juba.

It remains to be seen whether Awan, after less than two months as leader, will be able to convince all of his armed men to integrate peacefully into the South Sudanese military or disarm. Recent deals between South Sudanese rebels and the government have entered difficulties.

In July 2011 rebel leader Gatluk Gai was killed just a week after he signed a peace deal with the Juba government. A member of Gai’s group has claimed responsibility for shooting the rebel leader as his forces reintegrated into the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). The SPLA has denied allegations by some members of his group that they were responsible.

Then, in August last year, rebel leader Peter Gatdet, signed a peace deal with the government but failed to bring with him the majority of his South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA). The SSLA’s rebellion in Unity State and parts of Upper Nile state has continued under new leadership.

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Marial announced the signing of the deal with the SSDM/A on South Sudan Television (SSTV) and said the agreement gives the rebels an opportunity to be represented in the national government as well as at state level, presumable in Jonglei and Upper Nile where the SSDM/A rebellion was based.

“There will be assembly points in agreed areas where processes of integration of their forces into the Sudan People’s Liberation Army would be conducted”. Some political detainees will also be released, Marial announced.

Abiel Riing Majak, a member of the rebel group confirmed the signing of the agreement to Sudan Tribune and said the SSDM/A was ready to implement the peace deal. But he pointed out that it was "one thing to agree and it is another to implement the agreement".

Majak said the SSDM/A’s demands include; compensation for people affected by the conflict; the release of political detainees; return of the properties confiscated from some of the group’s leaders; as well as initiating peace and reconciliation projects.

The deal comes as Jonglei state prepares for a mass disarmament campaign, following clashes between rival cattle herding groups in December and January. Juba has blamed groups like the SSDM/A for bringing more small arms into the region already flush with weapons as a hangover from the north-south civil war.

Juba has accused the SSDM/A of being backed by Khartoum in an attempt to destabilise South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in July 2011 as part of a 2005 peace deal. Khartoum denies aiding any rebels in South Sudan.

George Athor, the SSDM/A‘s former leader was mysteriously killed on 18 December 2011 by an SPLA unit in Morobo county, Central Equatoria, where he is alleged to have embarked on a recruitment drive.

However, the SSDM/A claimed that their leader was killed by the Ugandan government in Kampala and the SPLA’s story was a coverup. Both the South Sudanese government and Kampala deny Uganda was involved.

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  • 28 February 2012 08:17, by morogot batal

    CONGRATULATIONS BROTHERS.BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER.SOME OF US WERE BEEN WORIED TO HOW WE ARE GOING TO KILL EACH OTHER ONCE MORE LIKE THE TIME OF OUR STRUGGLE.IT WAS REALLY HARD TIME TO SOME OF US SEEING THAT MORE EVER WE KILL THOUSAND OF SAF, YET YOU SEE YOUR OWN PEOPLE DOWN DEAD.NOT ARABS.YOU ARE MOST WELL COME BACK.IT IS TIME NOW TO PAY DOUBLE PRICE TO THESE DINKAS SISTERS FAKE SONS ARABS

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    • 28 February 2012 08:33, by kalib dinka

      Thank you brothers for signs the deal,we wants you back,Don’t be like those Nuers in JAU who turned their guns towards us their brothers and soon they will be killed like dogs.

      @ Dinka Dominated SPLA/M what I wrote you last time was right.
      If you want,a war,join Nuers, and you will died in the bush.

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      • 28 February 2012 09:02, by Ruach

        Nuer One Aka Kalib Dinka.Shame on u son of bitch for jumping from name name!I know u very well that u will never think positively than insulting mighty Nuer like canival mangooor Aguengbeer/Dinka Dominated corruption!This indicates your cowardic activities of roaming here and there with confusion that will lead u to death.Death to u and Canival Mangoor!!

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        • 28 February 2012 10:18, by Gatluak Fanguel Abangbaar

          What a Day!Nafat!I were there I would be very much happy

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      • 28 February 2012 20:17, by panom lualbil

        KALIB DINKA: Thank you 4 being neutral in particular ur sincerely comment. In fact, peace will come alone as we put common sense toward whoever was rebel against S Sudan causing appalling situation in turn only 4 his own interests. Afterall, ur comment is helpful and lauded exclusively the name, ’kalib dinka’.

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    • 29 February 2012 04:08, by SeekingTruth

      IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE IN THE EYES OF REBELS WHOSE AGENDA LIES SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE EAST (DESTABLIZED THE SOUTH!), BUT TRUTH MUST BE TOLD, ANY REBEL STILL OPERATING IN THE SOUTH TODAY HAS NO ACCESS TO ANYTHING.

      PLIZ, I URGE THE REMAINING REBELS TO RECONSIDER THEIR POSITIONS BY OPTING FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTIONS. EVERYONE IS TIRED OF THE SHORT-SIGHTED MOVEMENTS LIKE SSLA/M.

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    • 29 February 2012 09:13, by Liberal

      I wonder how the Government do things. The rebel group of George Athor are perfectly known of being unprofessional rebel and the SPLA are in transition of transforming into professional Army. What is the benefit of bringing mere citizens into the army? If Athor was killed the rest must be executed.

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  • 28 February 2012 08:21, by mosa mel

    Welcome back guys. Nothing benefit for rebellion against your people than destroy you community. You don’t have vision at all. every South citizen blame you about killing your people. Compensation is to work together in your community to develop your community same as others communities do in the South Sudan. nobody kill or destructed your community rather than you.

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  • 28 February 2012 09:43, by manyang mawech

    Being a rebel, it is always need braveness and commitment so those left over by Athor, they are better to join their curruptists bros than being in bush. wellcome back Dinka militias.shameful. rebel against gov which they say is dominated by them

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    • 28 February 2012 10:03, by Marolditapei

      NGUNDENG RITUAL MASS ANNOUNCENT

      TOO MANY PEOPLE ATTENDED RITUAL MASS TODAY AT THE NGUNDENG TEMPLE IN NEBRASKA, THE TEMPLE WAS FULL OF SMOKE FROM THE INSENSES THAT WERE BURNED. A SCROLL WAS READ AND THEN IT WAS HANDED OVER TO NGUNDENG CULTIC PRIEST. NEXT RITUAL MASS WILL BE CONDUCTED NEXT YEAR February 27. Ngundeng ritual mass was attended by people of all colours, Australians, English, French, N

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  • 28 February 2012 10:06, by s sudan boy

    Its seem to me, there are some positive things coming up from Juba Governemnt which will re-united people of south sudan as one body. This agreement should be respected and implemented by both parties. To politicians those who secure their seats through killing, time is over let see our nation in developping not in destruction.

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    • 28 February 2012 10:13, by Marolditapei

      FELICITATIONS à Juba pour signer un accord de paix avec SSLM / A. LES PROCHAINS JOURS va marquer un changement spectaculaire dans le Sud Soudan. ÉCONOMIE fleurira et BANDITISME MOURRA BAS. BON!

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      • 28 February 2012 10:26, by Gatluak Fanguel Abangbaar

        Announcements.Am Gatluak Fanguel Aguengbaar with my uncle Dinka Dominated SPLA.I arose from the death & we will eat Nuer starting from Kuergeng upto Rupkotni.Take care!I don’t care about those braves in Nyirol and Ayod Counties

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        • 28 February 2012 10:30, by Marolditapei

          NGUNDENG RITUAL MASS ANNOUNCENT

          TOO MANY PEOPLE ATTENDED RITUAL MASS TODAY AT THE NGUNDENG TEMPLE IN NEBRASKA, THE TEMPLE WAS FULL OF SMOKE FROM THE INSENSES THAT WERE BURNED. A SCROLL WAS READ AND THEN IT WAS HANDED OVER TO NGUNDENG CULTIC PRIEST. NEXT RITUAL MASS WILL BE CONDUCTED NEXT YEAR February 27. Ngundeng ritual mass was attended by people of all colours, Australians, English, French, N

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  • 28 February 2012 10:15, by viper

    Experience is the best teacher. Those rebels have now signed an unconditional peace agreement after having experienced the hard lessons from SPLA and after loosing their leader. Please RSS representatives to that agreement don,t accept any rank when they request for it. Take them first for training and then integrate them as PVTS to SPLA

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    • 28 February 2012 11:04, by Makoor

      They say that there is no salvation without a blood.
      The kenyan saying that dawa ya kwa moto ni moto(the medicine of a fire is fire) is true in ending guerrilla wars.
      George Athor’s death has brought about a peace that others are going to enjoy but not him due to his highly unreasonable demands.
      Now peace has been unconditionally attained by rebels and the Govt, let him enjoy it in his grave then

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      • 28 February 2012 13:48, by Loko El Pollo

        MY BROTHER, ALL THE REBELS OPERATING IN THE SOUTH ARE LOSERS TO THE SPLA.THE GOVERMENT IS SO STRONG ITS CAN DESTROY ALL REBELS WETHER SEPARATE OR ALIGNED. BROTHERS YOU ARE HIGLY WELLCOME BACK,THERE IS NO NEED OF FINISHING OURSELVES WHILE WE HAD ACHIEVED OUR GOAL OF OUR STRUGGLE.

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  • 28 February 2012 11:10, by man to man

    Marolditapei

    je crois que tu as des illusions. qui en france va attendre la mass satanique que tu parles. je suis en france depuis longtemps, la plupart de Nuer ont quite la france,et si y des nouveaux arrivant, j`aurais du entendre parler d`eux.

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  • 28 February 2012 12:03, by ABDALLA BIN ABDALLA

    Good move SSDM/A. Will Nuer rebels group come and sign peace with SPLM/SPLA? I know they will never sign any treaty because they like to be called Nyagateen. Nuers developed this policy of Nyagatism as a mean of survival. The proof is Dr. Riek Machar Teny. He defected in 1991 to get food and money in Khartoum. Peter Gadet, William Nyuon, Paulino Matip, Bol Kong etc Back Khartoum Regime just to eat

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    • 28 February 2012 12:24, by Gatluak Fanguel Abangbaar

      You call these important Nuer guy as Nyagateen.They are not,but because of our canivalisms(Dinka),they didn’t like it.They are very committed people otherwise we wouldn’t enjoy this fruitful Country.They are very strategic.I used to eat them in 1930s’,but now my uncle called Manggoor Aguengbaar/DD Spla is very stupid who will stay as a canival forever!He hates them for no good reason.

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    • 28 February 2012 13:43, by Otong

      To: Abdall Bin
      Ur comments does not matches to the point of the George Athor’s rebels for signing peace with the SPLA. Who is Dinka or who are they,’re they not people I know begging always for only food? Please,Nuer could never sign peace for food as stupid Dinka does.We are the people whose history remain reach through out S Sudan.Fuck your mother,son of bitch! Teach ur stupid Dinka to work har

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      • 28 February 2012 20:11, by Gatluak Fanguel Abangbaar

        Otong.Gar-gualen take care!We dinkas can be praised with our being canivals & killing Nuer to eat his/her flesh.I have a plan to eat my break fast in Wech Thong Guandoong Yioy in Place called Kuechar.Cama Nyanyang,Cama Nyayioy,cama Nyabuli Yioy,cama Chuol Ruei,man Luak Ker-Rial.Ciek mi bal-bal.Baa moc ke kade!These is my song,but I ’ll not eat Naath again.They ’ve true visions than Canivals Dinka

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    • 29 February 2012 09:08, by Ramiran

      to abdhala homesexual
      please, foolish dinka, it seem that you have many rebels then my people. like fucken late george athor. where is so call george bol today ? which also call second george athor in which he was the one who communicate to them before the death of his father. it seem now he hide himself after the announcement of thedeath of his fucken step father.

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  • 28 February 2012 13:04, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    Bravo SSDM/A for the sidning of the deal this was of the world expectit shows now you are peace makers and i urge the government of South Sudan to treat them as brothers but not defectors

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  • 28 February 2012 23:00, by James Maker Akok

    Nuer, Dinka, and others tribes in South Sudan we are one.

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  • 29 February 2012 08:31, by Dinkawarrior

    Damn to you Marolditapei!!
    This is another human lie! Since Mohamed lied to the world, he was previously leaded Trillions of people into Hell. Then again the Carnival name Ngundeng’s falsehoods are now spreading to us by those imprudent loyalists animals. Yours Profit is currently in hell together with Gatluak Manguel, and Mohamed. You must find another way to collect some millions of DOLLARS!

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