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February 21, 2013 (JUBA) – A rebel leader in South Sudan’s troubled Jonglei state has vowed to respond to the peace process initiated by local leaders from the area, an official said on Thursday.

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South Sudan rebel leader David Yau Yau (UN photo)

Ismael Konyi, who represents Pibor county in the Council of States, said David Yau Yau, had agreed to peace talks with the government, but demanded international mediators be part of the process.

“He [Yau Yau] demanded [that] UN representatives be present in [the] talks. He said the UN will be witnesses to the talks because last time when their person [James Kuburin] surrendered to the SPLA (South Sudanese army), clashes ensued,” Konyi told reporters in Juba, the South Sudanese capital.

Last month, an SPLA soldier and two civilians died when their forces clashed with armed men commanded by Kuburin. The rebels had reportedly resisted orders from the army to surrender their weapons.

Yau Yau, who hails from the Murle ethnic group, initially rebelled against South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) after losing his campaign to represent the Gumuruk-Boma constituency of Pibor at the Jonglei State Assembly in the April 2010 elections.

In 2011, the rebel leader responded to amnesty calls from South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, and returned to Juba, only to re-launch his rebellion in April last year.

Since then, clashes between the army and forces loyal to him have gravely affected the security situation in Jonglei, with the latest peace attempt seen as key in efforts to salvage peace in the region.

A peace process, initiated by Murle traditional and political leaders early this year, suffered a setback following clashes between the SPLA and rebel forces.

Konyi said the peace committee sent six people with a letter to Yau Yau, which was handed over to his deputy, after they failed to meet the rebel leader.

“The committee demanded to meet Yau Yau, but did not find him. But the deputy told the committee to return back and promised that they will respond to the letter in three days”, he said.

Sudan Tribune could not reach the rebels to independently verify the lawmaker’s claims.

Hilde Johnson, the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), said the recent attack in Walgak village in Akobo West county threatened to reverse efforts already made to achieve peace and stability in the state. Over 100 people, mainly women and children, died during the attack largely blamed on armed Murle youth.

“Everything must now be done to prevent a destabilisation of Jonglei”, she told journalist Friday last week, further reiterating UN support to any peace efforts.

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  • 22 February 2013 00:56, by Michael Angelo

    Just cut his head off if you want peace.

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    • 22 February 2013 02:58, by Dinkawarrior

      The System of Nyagatism, Killing hundred of thousands people, and asked to be Forgiven is No longer available at this time! If do so then you will be responsible for the messed you did!

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    • 22 February 2013 05:01, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      David Yau Yau it’s Too late for peace, which peace do you need agians?
      while ur are the one who don’t peace last year.
      Tit-for-tat yau Yau.
      Tit-for-tat first primitive Murle.

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      • 22 February 2013 05:41, by Mi diit

        Ismail Konyi should stop being a double dealer. Yauyau is not for peace because he thinks he cannot gain any thing from peace. He failed the elections and also ran away from a peace he signed with government last year. His mission is to kill and loot and survive in the jungle like Joseph Konyi of LRA. The SPLA should crash him forthwith.

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        • 22 February 2013 06:36, by Tong dut

          You attack them tonight, let them come near to you, them you open fire on those dogs.

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          • 22 February 2013 07:29, by Turism

            Tong Dut, "no matter how far your urine goes, might last fall under your legs" you need to be specific when talking, your fucken rebel will do nothing other than be burried in to grave few days to come. wait the result.

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            • 22 February 2013 11:14, by Tong dut

              @TURISM.
              YAU YAU have done it well,Dinka bor died like frogs in the river,That is the only man dinkas can fear in their life.
              He will not come out, keep killing them.

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        • 22 February 2013 08:55, by Gatwiituor

          what a joke yauyau need peace so what?,that shown the incompetency of the government to detect who is behind that mess in jonglei state ,ismail kony should be investigate coz he has long hand in yauyua rebelion ,they heard gen Peter Gadet deploy in div -8,and they know its the dry season wre mighty spla may hunt them down,the so call yauyau deserve death and ismail should be taken to court ,death

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          • 22 February 2013 16:47, by Gumbulla Junior

            @Gatwiituor...jonkoz liel nyimor.
            Wat is the cult called ..Gadet... to mighty murle? pibor is not Ayod where he murdered n executed nyagat orders of Dr.Riak lavaric.let him prepare for his final journey.why do u think ur bros.bor are scared to their balls? becoz they know the real men over there.....the true nyagats and arabs cheap labor are now trying to cover up their messes by blaming

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    • 22 February 2013 06:32, by Tong dut

      YAU YAU dont coime out, those fools will kill you.

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    • 22 February 2013 08:45, by Ayuen deng

      He call for peace becuase he will not stand the gigantic SPLA soon.

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    • 22 February 2013 09:21, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      What peace after the killing?

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    • 22 February 2013 13:27, by Junta

      A fair solution to Yau Yau’s rebellion is to Re-Annex Murle Area ,East AKobo $Pochalla county back to Eastern Equatoria where it belonged before 1975.It is perpetuation of injustice that Moulana Abel Alier decreed to transfer this area to Jongole so that these Minority tribes could forever be subjugated by Dinka Bor and some Nuer. However, it is proving a bitter pill to swallow!Blame Abel Alier.

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    • 22 February 2013 19:27, by SPLM- DC Hardliner

      Yau Yau and other active and passive resistors in south sudan can only accept peace if Kiir and his looting gang are brought to book and justice done for the South Sudanese people who die in thier thousands due to lack of basic services.

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      • 22 February 2013 19:35, by Peacocktail

        SPLM-Division and criminal Party,South Sudanese have known your agenda of destablizing the new Nation.If Lam was elected, he could have given soft responses to Bashir or even kill by hangry SPLA.Moving in the Jungle and killings civilians is a paramount crimes. Where shall these criminal in SPLM-DC operates in this New Nation.Lam Akol always on dinner with his gangs of rebels in Khartm.S.Sudan oye

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  • 22 February 2013 00:57, by Alier

    David Yau Yau should come to Bor or Nuer-land and find his family! If that image in the picture happened to be his; then he is a Dinka or a Nuer. He has no clue that he might be the victim of abduction decades ago! He should find someone for help to identify his family! Murle doesn’t look like that!

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  • 22 February 2013 02:12, by Panthou

    Hang his head, when he come! No more forgiveness!

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  • 22 February 2013 03:30, by wang

    David yau X2 would peacefully follow George Athor, Gatluak Gai and possibly Dinka Dominant shit next. You messed up with a national constitution, then you will pay the price (death).

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    • 22 February 2013 05:30, by Nuer Empire

      David Yau Yau is a symbol of death whether he returns or not returns. Killing civilians and leaving the gov’t he defected from will cost him.
      The Nuer Empire

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    • 22 February 2013 05:40, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Ahahah Wang, are you traumatise about me or what? I didn’t killed anyone boy,

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    • 22 February 2013 05:40, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Ahahah Wang, are you traumatise about me or what? I didn’t killed anyone boy,

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      • 22 February 2013 06:00, by julia

        ddsplm/a re u still a live fool?why don,t u go and liberate ur poor people in Abyei.Malik Aggar is now in kurmuk and no sooner Abdallaziz will be in kaduguli.peace to them and their children, women& vulnerble group. But u people will be vagrant looters in s.sudan.

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    • 22 February 2013 13:22, by Junta

      A fair solution to Yau Yau’s rebellion is to Re-Annex Murle Area plus East AKobo and Pochalla county back to Eastern Equatoria where it belonged before 1975.It is perpetuation of injustice that Moulana Abel Alier decreed to transfer this area to Jongole so that these Minority tribes could forever be subjugated by Dinka Bor and some Nuer. However, it is proving a bitter pill to swallow!Blame Abel A

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      • 22 February 2013 14:46, by Nuer Empire

        Dear Junta,Eastern Akobo,Pochalla had never been and will never be part of Eastern Equatoria.Let alone mentioned counties even Pibor will never fall to Eastern Equatoria.We just gave it to Jebe when they came from Ethiopia in 1930s otherwise some parts of it is in Eastern Akobo,Nyirol,Uror ,Pochalla and Bor counties.
        The Nuer Empire

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      • 22 February 2013 14:54, by Nuer Empire

        Dear Junta,Eastern Akobo,Pochalla had never been and will never be part of Eastern Equatoria.Let alone mentioned counties even Pibor will never fall to Eastern Equatoria.We just gave it to Jebe when they came from Ethiopia in 1930s otherwise some parts of it is in Eastern Akobo,Nyirol,Uror ,Pochalla and Bor counties.
        The Nuer Empire

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  • 22 February 2013 05:22, by kamal

    Ismael konyi is in the deal and he has yau yau contacts. How sooner did he find David yau yau after vp summoned him and other murle leaders this thing must be find out

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    • 22 February 2013 05:46, by Mi diit

      Kamal,
      I believe 95% of Murle youth including some of their intellectuals have rebelled against the government. They stay with you in government but their hearts and thoughts are with Yauyau. Many of them are spying on the government and SPLA.

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      • 22 February 2013 06:07, by kamal

        A useless person like him should not disturbed the live of innocence citizens in jonglie all the time .such a person who was been spending most of his time in kakuma refugee camp not event partisperting in war between south and north .he is a young man with 29yrs old.

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        • 22 February 2013 06:20, by michael coma

          If this hooligant called Devil Yau Yau really need peace?He should come with his five top from his army for peace in Kampala.The most be conducted in Kampala-Uganda if he really in need for peace.

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        • 22 February 2013 06:28, by michael coma

          If this hooligant called Devil Yau Yau really need peace?He should come with his five top from his army for peace in Kampala.it must be conducted in Kampala-Uganda if he really in need for peace.Look at his face dominated by blood of innocent people he has killed.I wanted him to join peace while castrated so that he can talks well during peace conferrence in the same Hotel where Athor Deng succede

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      • 22 February 2013 08:20, by Murle agent

        Yau yau oyeeee...
        Long live murle peoples
        Death to the enemies!

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        • 22 February 2013 10:41, by Zeki

          Murle Agent
          Why murle has no friend to any one tribe of Jonglei? or intermarriages with the others tribes within Jonglei? this can betray your pple, either they are witchcraft or murderers.shame on you.

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        • 22 February 2013 12:44, by Nuer Empire

          You are praying for your devil Yau yau mr Murliel Agent!?

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    • 22 February 2013 07:10, by Nuer Empire

      Kamal:Ismail Konyi has a big hand in Yau Yau rebelions.He knows it very well.

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  • 22 February 2013 06:38, by Turism

    Why do people making noise about this fucken rebel David Yau Yau? this amnesty which was made by president will lost many lives in this country, David can not come back since he is a money lover, don’t try to joke with him otherwise he will kill more that number. shame........on you guy!

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    • 22 February 2013 11:21, by Tong dut

      @turism.
      Where are you? If you are in juba we are coming there.Soon you take off to uganda.
      More will be kill,our uncles who are useless human creature,qulliffed for death.

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  • 22 February 2013 06:43, by Turism

    And what is he coming to do in this country since everywhere is grave that cause by him? is he coming to mourn or something else? let not people of jonglei open way to this person otherwise he will be kill like a chicken.

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  • 22 February 2013 07:17, by J P Puok

    looking at him closely the man resembled Konyi & in action they are killers of their subject.
    But you guys stop being emotional, they say if you want to kill a rat don’t make noise with him so that he is out of the hole so that you get it easy sweet words will bring him out of hiding after that you know what next ! God bless SS minus him! we are at period of lent in catholic calender therefore!!!!

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  • 22 February 2013 07:46, by Positive Thinker

    I wish this young man could spent his energy in productive venture than spending his youthful life agonizing his own people with aimless selfish ambition. I beleive one day he will exactly reap what he sow.

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  • 22 February 2013 09:35, by master

    forget about yau yau and be ready for nuer new emerging rebelltion

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  • 22 February 2013 10:14, by wang

    Master
    South is country with an excellence constitution and well organized government. Anyone who have and will rebel against our central government, the whole country will deal with them disputing of what tribe they are from. Get lost with your cheap propaganda---

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  • 22 February 2013 10:31, by Zeki

    Who need peace? Who will negotiate with Monkeys? The solution is war to liberate pple of S.Sudan from this mosquitoes. Cut his head off or fuck him first.

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  • 22 February 2013 12:24, by Guandong

    No room for peace after u kill Lou-Nuer civilian. the action will be TID FOR TAD.
    Peace will be allowed unless if u bring back to life all ppl u killed.

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  • 22 February 2013 12:28, by Guandong

    This is a time for ICC to work n aprehend him to court. We can’t forgive such malpractices against humanity. Yau Yau has lose life of many pple in Jonglei in particular n South Sudan in general. therefore he must face the court n deatailed why he kill civilian.

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  • 22 February 2013 12:33, by Guandong

    South Sudan became an independent country with independent judiciary body, thus means, whoever does whatever wrong on human will face the court. this time every thing are to be put into record internationaly n nationally. thus if u did wrong u will go to court.

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    • 22 February 2013 13:34, by Panda Odhie

      Isameli Konyi is also one of YauYau fugitive,as his interview with Sudantribune goes ,he is spokeperson to YauYau meanwhile before he is not elected as MP at national level, he was a rebel,who does not know him or their gameplay. Watchout JUNUBIIN

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      • 22 February 2013 14:52, by Nuer Empire

        He is the uggliest man in the world! Even this uggliest nature has been an obstacle for the whole country.Death to him and his associates.
        The Nuer Empire

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        • 22 February 2013 16:37, by Gumbulla Junior

          @ Jonkoz and likes.
          who really cares about mare jonkoz,women of 21st century.barking on the media will not solve ur greed for power and materials.this rebellion is to correct socio-economic downfall cause by u greedy,inhuman jonkoz...land grabbers,you thought murle lives are not valuable,keep dreaming sons of bitches with ur rotten manners.the whole world know ur conspiracy against minority tribes

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          • 22 February 2013 19:27, by Peacocktail

            The followings are the gangs roaming in street of Khartuom praise by Omer Bashir,,, masha Allaha! Junumian as mockery for killings your own people. bring for me Malik Agar/Al Hilu of SPLA-N if get them in jungle.
            1. Lam Akol Ajiwin
            2.James Oliny
            3. Pastor Criminal Yay Yau
            5.Bapiny Wicnyin
            Spoke persons in South Sudan are :Sultan Ismail Konyi, Joseph Bakosoro of Western Equatoria.South Sudan CAUTIO

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          • 22 February 2013 19:28, by Peacocktail

            The followings are the gangs roaming in street of Khartuom praise by Omer Bashir,,, masha Allaha! Junumian as mockery for killings your own people. bring for me Malik Agar/Al Hilu of SPLA-N if get them in jungle.
            1. Lam Akol Ajiwin
            2.James Oliny
            3. Pastor Criminal Yay Yau
            5.Bapiny Wicnyin
            Spoke persons in South Sudan are :Sultan Ismail Konyi, Joseph Bakosoro of Western Equatoria.South Sudan CAUTIO

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            • 22 February 2013 20:24, by Nuer Empire

              6.Abe Alier is among your list Peacock tail

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  • 23 February 2013 21:40, by Peter Malith

    Dear readers, there is no need of Yau Yau to blind-fooling all the southerners. the murle community ,politicians ,Chiefs ,youth and Commissioner are doing the samething in the area.
    my question how many peace had been conducted and Murle never change, the simple reason was Ismaeli Konyi is the fueling agent in the Murle community if the south Sudanese never get rid of Konyi nothing can be en

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