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SPLA in talks with Jonglei rebels, Bor denies knowledge

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December 24, 2012 (WAU) - The Jonglei-based rebel leader David Yau Yau is ready to "abandon" his insurgency in Pibor County, a top military officer close to President Salva Kiir told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

The senior member of the South Sudanese army (SPLA), said the military’s general command have started exchanging contacts over plans to negotiate a new peace deal.

"Religious leaders have approached the [army’s] general headquarters that they would want to continue the dialogue as part of the presidential committee on peace and reconciliation" said the official.

However Jonglei State’s minister of Local government, Diing Akol Diing, said that there was no contact between between Bor and David Yau Yau’s forces. The minister said that if the SPLA was negotiating with Yau Yau, the Jonglei government had not been informed.

The military officer who did not want to be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media said the that the army accepted the continuation of dialogue in an attempt to bring about "the peace and unity of our people".

Yau Yau first rebelled against South Sudan’s ruling party - the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) - after elections in April 2010 when, as an independent candidate, he lost his campaign to represent the Gumuruk–Boma constituency in Pibor County at the Jonglei State Assembly.

In 2011 Yauyau, who hails from the Murle ethnic group, accepted an amnesty from South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and joined the SPLA only to rebel again in April 2012.

Yau Yau’s first rebellion was able to cause considerable instability in Pibor County, in one instance clashing with the SPLA outside Pibor town just two days before South Sudan’s independence referendum.

Unlike other figures who led insurrections after the 2010 elections Yauyau was a civilian, who had previous trained to be a pastor, and not a member of the army before his rebellion. As part his 2011 peace agreement with the SPLA Yau Yau was given the rank of General.

After a mass violence, cattle raiding and abductions in Jonglei over the past two years - killing over 2,000 people according to the United Nations - a state-wide disarmament campaign was launched in March this year.

In May a peace deal was signed between Jonglei’s six main ethnic groups but some armed groups, such as Yau Yau’s supporters did not attend the conference. President Kiir’s amnesty would still be available to Yau Yau according to the SPLA despite Juba accusing neighbouring Sudan of supporting the rebellion.

South Sudan shot down a UN helicopter on Saturday, killing its for Russian crew, believing it to be a Sudanese aircraft resupplying the rebels in Pibor County.

Although there has been no confirmation from Bor the anonymous SPLA officer told Sudan Tribune that the army has received information Yau Yau "is ready to abandon rebellion”.

The officer made the revelation to Sudan Tribune at Wau Stadium on Monday hours before the arrival of South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit. The head of the world’s youngest nation is visiting the troubled capital of Western Bahr el Ghazal State to deliver a Christmas message and meet regional leaders.

Juba’s decision to continue the dialogue with Yau Yau draws it legitimacy from Kiir’s presidential amnesty, which he said remains a platform for rebel leaders to lay down their weapons and integrate themselves into the armed forces.

The SPLA became the official army of South Sudan after a 2005 peace deal ending decades of conflict with Khartoum, resulting is the independence of South Sudan in July 2011.

“There is no reason to fight ourselves. We did not fight in order to come and fight ourselves again. It will be an exciting time for them to return. Their grievances will be addressed if they are connected to power. Elections period is just around the corner”, he said.

The next election in South Sudan is due in 2015 but next year the ruling SPLM will hold a general conference to nominate who will represent the party in the first election since secession from Sudan.

The military official added that some politicians and military officers are due for retirement soon, which will allow the promotion of “fresh blood”.

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  • 26 December 2012 05:43, by Johndumo14

    The helicopter was on a reconnaissance mission in an area,what mission?Earlier this year, Russia said it would withdraw helicopters and personnel servicing the U.N. mission in South Sudan after voicing alarm at attacks on U.N. helicopters there.Yes do it now,we even don`t need you russians in our country .There are many good loyal members of UN,why only russians?
    You have blood in your hands.Ask

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    • 26 December 2012 14:49, by Ahmed Chol

      God may not forgive Yau-Yau even if South Sudan forgive him for murdering civilians. During his study Yau-Yau might have not read the 10 commandments especially the 6th commandment: Thou Shall not murder

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  • 26 December 2012 05:53, by Tutbol

    Let Yau Yau rejoins his S Sudanese brothers & sisters so that we can see these so-called UN activities in our state of Jonglei with keen glasses. Their so-called reconnaisanes in our state aren’t welcome needed any more. Numerous cattle raids have been carried out by the Murles year but these UN reconnaisanes haven’t help anything at all.

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    • 26 December 2012 06:27, by Johndumo14

      The rebel leader David Yau Yau,must think twice,the arabs are using you,you must think about your family,your community,you must know the back fire of your rebelion!! People are bussy building this country and you are bussy in a stupid war.Only One tibe,Murle,how many tribes in S:S We fought for 50 years to get our independece.Now you want to fight for 100 years in order for you to win? sorry

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  • 26 December 2012 05:55, by Tutbol

    Let Yau Yau rejoins his S Sudanese brothers & sisters so that we can see these so-called UN activities in our state of Jonglei with keen glasses. Their so-called reconnaisanes in our state aren’t welcome needed any more. Numerous cattle raids have been carried out by the Murles year but these UN reconnaisanes haven’t help anything at all.

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  • 26 December 2012 06:20, by Johndumo14

    The rebel leader David Yau Yau,must think twice,the arabs are using you,you must think about your family,your community,you must know the back fire of your rebelion!! People are bussy building this country and you are bussy in war.
    If you didnot win the election to be a leader ,stil you can do other great things in this country,in life there is always plan A and B. You come back home and enjoy.

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    • 26 December 2012 06:49, by dinkdong

      After losing the election, his "plan B" was (war) to rebels. And because he mess up twice, he is not going to get himself deceived into peace talk because he knows he is finally going to be kills like George Athor.

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  • 26 December 2012 06:23, by Murle agent

    What the hell is going on with these so called SPLA wicked? Who told you that Yau Yau is ready for peace dialogue? Stop lying to yourself, we know that the corrupts thief in Juba are desperate for peace....but guess what? We’ll never negotiate with you bugs!!!

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  • 26 December 2012 07:07, by allan

    TO murle agent stop barking like dog u sounds like bitch to me now u dont know that ur uncle got no military to fight for him that why he want come back we are montaring him day n nite

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    • 26 December 2012 07:36, by Murle agent

      To Allan.
      I’m so sorry for you fool. Do you dogs thinks we don’t have army to fight for us? Okay why asking for peace with rebels then if you know that we are weak? Anyway we don’t have any intention to give up our arms!!!

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    • 26 December 2012 07:40, by Mapuor

      Allan
      Pastor David Yau Yau knows very well the terrain of Pibor in dry season does not favor his operations,hence, his decision to abandon rebellion.He is just doing that tactically only to resume his operations in the next rainy season by striking pre-emptively and decisively.What is the underlying cause of this rebellion? Elections!!!!!!!!!!!how was Yau Yau handled when he first surrendered

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  • 26 December 2012 12:02, by master

    mr kiir want country free from rebels movment
    if yau yau trust him then he could ly in the grave

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  • 26 December 2012 19:04, by Samzil-Messiah 2

    ...My Commands To SPLA Comrades Incase U See Any Rebels Who Don’t Wanna Have A Peaceful Co-Existance With Us...Shoot First...Ask Questions Last...Period...We Ain’t Got No Time For These Insurrectionary Behaviour From These Judas Like Fraternity Operating In The Vicinity Of Our Society...

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  • 28 December 2012 08:23, by Sudy boy

    My dear people lets disagree to agree with the rebels group,No matter what problems they have caused us but we need to be careful not loss more friends.

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