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April 28, 2013 (JUBA) - The spokesperson for the South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A) has denied the group was among thousands of rebel fighters that surrendered to the government after accepting an amnesty offer by president Salva Kiir.

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South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army rebels (AFP)

The deal has raised hopes of an end to nearly three years of upheaval concentrated along strategic border areas with neighbouring Sudan.

According to reports by Reuters some 3,000 rebel fighters from the South Sudan
Liberation Army (SSLA) crossed the border from Sudan with about 100 trucks and handed over their weapons to authorities in oil rich Unity state, which lies on the border between the two countries.

The apparent mass surrender of troops came after Kiir on Friday repeated an amnesty offer first made to rebel commanders ahead of South Sudan’s independence in 2011.

The SSLA, which formed in the late 1990s, is one of largest rebel groups in the region and switched sides several times during the north-South civil war.

However, SSDM/A spokesperson Col. Peter Kobrin Konyi described media reports to the effect that all South Sudanese rebels had surrendered to the government as “baseless and untrue”.

He also cited one press statement that claimed the SSDM/A and the now defunct South Sudan Defence Force (SSDF) were all part of the capitulating forces.
The statement which was seen by Sudan Tribune, was issued on Friday and carries the signature of Gordon Buay, who identified himself as spokesman of the coalition.

“The leadership of SSLA, SSDA and SSDF is very thankful to president Kiir for promoting the unity of the people of South Sudan”, Buay said in the statement.

“Because South Sudan needs development, peace and forgiveness, we have decided to end rebellion in South Sudan and ordered all rebel forces to interact with the SPLA until the integration is complete,” he adds.

However, Konyi on Sunday clarified that it was only SSLA forces that had accepted the amnesty deal, and reported to Unity’s state’s Mayom county to surrender their weapons.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, Konyi said the group still had genuine grievances against the South Sudanese government.

“Lack of will from the government’s side to address these matters left us with no option but to take up arms, exactly for the same reason the SPLA [South Sudanese army] did so when the successive governments in Khartoum turned a deaf ear to the just demands of the South Sudanese. These grievances are still outstanding”, Konyi said in the statement.

“We are not war mongers but are seeking a serious peaceful resolution the armed conflict through dialogue and negotiations,” he added.

He also questioned the credibility of the amnesty, saying the government had made no direct contact with the group after its initial public announcement.

“If the Government of the Republic of South Sudan is serious about a negotiated peaceful settlement to the current conflict in the country, then as the government of the day, they should address us directly on the matter rather than resorting to mass media. They know how to get us”, he said.

Konyi said the past experiences of several rebel leaders at the hands of the South Sudanese government following their defection, including David Yau Yau, showed they had good reason to take such amnesty offers “with a grain of salt”.

“[An] amnesty itself does not solve outstanding problems; it rather is an expression of good will to do so.

The SSDM/A was formed in 2010 by former SPLA general George Athor after he failed in his bid to become governor of Jonglei state. He was killed by South Sudanese troops in December 2011. Many of the movement’s fighters are from the minority Murle tribe, which is locked in a long-running dispute with the rival Lou Nuer tribe over grazing rights.

South Sudan has struggled to contain several armed groups it says are receiving support from the Sudanese government, a claim which Khartoum denies.

In return, Sudan accuses South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) of still maintaining relations with its former allies - the SPLM-North - who are currently fighting the government in the Sudanese border states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

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  • 29 April 2013 06:23, by Mi diit

    All of you the rebels should join your government in Juba and leave north Sudan. I thank the forces who have reported themselves to Mayom with such huge number of army vehicles (100?). This will solve some lack of military vehicles in SPLA because our leaders have stolen the money for such logistics.

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    • 29 April 2013 08:53, by Sir King

      Yau Yau should not forget and join the SPLA, South Sudan is a country being led by Gangstars so, they are going to kill in him quickly. The South Sudan needs internal revolution so that we get into peace, unity, love and equality but now, SPLM is doing nothing to us all. South Sudanese are in hell really, under Kuethpiny Administration. A man who fail his own family, why South Sudan!

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      • 29 April 2013 09:22, by Wunditda

        Sir King,
        It won’t be mistake to prosecute David Yau Yau with is senior officers because he had committed immeasurable atrocities in the land of Lou Nuer and Bor. He deserve to be killed.

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        • 29 April 2013 15:04, by ngadodo

          Wunditda, you coward women, did you sure David Yauyau killed your Mother? If not stop your nonsense which you always claim for. Every time you talk about something you not knew against David, If you don’t knew why people fighting? Now and then you need to know that, people fighting for against injustice to other communities.

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  • 29 April 2013 06:43, by Turism

    The issue of rebellion in south Sudan is becoming the headache to south sudanese citizens since many people don’t truth the rebels though they said their surrender to SPLA soldiers but most of rebels cannot join the national govt since they are not educated to change their useless thinking.

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    • 29 April 2013 06:53, by Mi diit

      What is the latest on SPLA-Yau Yau war in Pibor county of Jonglei? Have the rebels not yet been crashed by the SPLA???

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      • 29 April 2013 09:25, by Monydit

        @Mi-Diit
        you are anotehr food Lover Nuer ,what is problem of spla to Crash David Yau Yau ,president Salva Kiir Mayardit had given pardon to every Rebels in South Sudan including your Nuer which Deny Again that they didnt Surrender themselves and the Message was from their Nuer son Mr Gordon Buay who Identified himself as spokesman for the Fucker Coalition of Rebels force shame on Nuer food Lo

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      • 29 April 2013 13:46, by Peacocktail

        Mi Diit,
        there was no actual War in Murle Land between Yau Youth and SPLA. they are just gangs who had no initial training on War tactic and now they just knock all. Gen Peter Gatdat Yak had accomplished the operation in Pibor. Soon He should report to Defense COmmittee on Withdrawal plans from all corridors. The Rebels have seen the contribution of Gen Peter Gatdat in South Sudan security mainta

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      • 29 April 2013 23:58, by panom lualbil

        We dont even care of NUER who dont want to live. You’re survived by MR. BASHIER but in the end when you dont win, you’ll be kick out there and fall in the lion’s mouth while amnesty is too late. If didnt play game good against spla during the civilwar, then you’re stupid enough to continued rebelion.

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    • 29 April 2013 22:36, by lualkuol

      SOUTH SUDAN GOVT DOESN,T KNOWS WHERE AND HOW TO GO AHEAD WELL
      BECAUSE OF AMNESTY AFTER AMNESTY ,WHAT A JOKE!!!!!

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    • 29 April 2013 22:55, by lualkuol

      SOME SHALLOW MIND POLITICIANS R SAYING THAT IS POLITICS FROM
      PRESIDENT KIIR TO DECLARED AMNESTY, BUT THE POLITICS SHOULD NOT BE IN THE MILITARY .ANYWAY ,BRING THEM(NYEGAATS)HERE IN JUBA TO CNTROL EVERYTHING AND NO CRYING SOONER OR LATTER.BY LUALKUOL.

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  • 29 April 2013 07:41, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Thank you so much for listening to president.Im now going to denounces that name Rebel today,and then called you brothers.South Sudan wants you back as we are now in the process of Reconciliation,let the past be past and let’s togather move on as South Sudanese; such that’s our pedigree of commonalities.

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  • 29 April 2013 07:48, by Ayuiu (SPLM in System)

    Please rebels your fighting has no aim and objectives. south sudan territory is landlock without pices of land to rebels. Now rebels are wasting their time but to laydown their army and join politic.

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    • 29 April 2013 08:28, by Robot

      Kubrin and his likes are not seeing one side of the story, funny enough there is no movement formed on tribal line else if you want to really throw your tribe in abyss, they will be looked at as collaborators and tribe cannot fight a government!!! this is ridiculous, they should think twice, pardon your children’s future.

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  • 29 April 2013 09:51, by Gatjang

    The SPLA should be very careful this time, because these NYageet surrendered when they see themselves being defeated, but latter on when they gained more power from their supporters, especially from the Sudan and from their supporters within South Sudan such as Dr Riek and among others, they rebel again. SPLA should arrest them, no need for amnesty. Otherwise SPLA is encouraging more rebellion if

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  • 29 April 2013 10:46, by Gatjang

    they are not arrested to face the law. I know those Nyageet within South Sudan will response negatively to my comment and this is a matter of fact, because there is no reason for a government to leave criminals to play arround with lifes of innocent people and then left like that without trial.Shame on the President for given amnesty for those who committed crimes against humanity

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    • 29 April 2013 12:53, by Bentiu son

      Gatjang,your name read like Ram mi raan but u r coward slave hearted/Jaang brought up with stolen money by your bourgeoisie dad.Moron the word Nyagat is neither Dinka or Nuer languages,it is Amharic Ethiopian word which business man or woman.Dude don’t misuse it as abusive word,we know what it meant.Hence,who can disarmed 3000 Nuer warrior among u cowards.Those armies came for peace not war.

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      • 29 April 2013 14:19, by Wunditda

        Bentiu son-----------
        U are so stupid.

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      • 29 April 2013 14:47, by Marco A. Wek

        Bentiu son you right those brothers came back home for peace and let us hope they Will keep to their words. Rebelling in your hometown always broing death to your innocent people and in the end, it is the South Sudan which is the loser. We lost a lot during our struggle against the North snd that was understandable but what we are doing now is individuals rebelling for governmental position.

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  • 29 April 2013 14:17, by fred william

    Love is not looking at each other, but looking both at the same address "" Appreciate, renew and extend the small joys of life, that is the secret of happiness "Every day is a new reason to expect" Afforded one breath, step back ... is more than necessary, indispensable. Pause to see the actual size of the problem that seems insurmountable ...; pause to regain a sense of what we do ..., that supre

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  • 29 April 2013 14:51, by Oppressor

    hahahahaha so so so so Funny nothing can will go well in South fake state

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    • 29 April 2013 14:53, by trinitri

      because we dont have still the lever of bribery and oppression of the North

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      • 29 April 2013 15:58, by Oppressor

        Come on give me a break you Don’t ’ve what ????? lever of bribery and oppression my GOD Janoubeen Proved clearly they are the most corrupted looters ever in world don’t u read what American & UN Reports the biggest prove is the money which has been looted from Salvage Kirr Office & the robing of 4$ billions by 75 Parliament Members & killing of Murle ppl is a real sign of genocide for OIL ..

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  • 29 April 2013 16:03, by steven

    Hopefully the situation will stabilize soon and the security and safety of citizens won’t be jeopardized.

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    • 29 April 2013 16:57, by Oppressor

      Don’t you have any other comment . Mad man

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  • 30 April 2013 05:52, by Tejahan Musa

    They are talking of YAU YAU and they are worrying about Nuer rebels. look at them.

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  • 30 April 2013 06:03, by Lokang

    let Salva Kiir surrender his presidency and all the rebels fighting SPLM/A will put their arms down for the peace and development of South Sudan.

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  • 30 April 2013 10:08, by Guandong

    Your name only proved that u are supporting Yau-Yau Not all rebels.Its u who is supporting Yau-Yau as bcoz u are from Murlei. And this is what will bring ur down fall n lead u to not get any supporters from all corners of our country.Murlei’s liberation is baseless n untrue to be supported as its tribal basis. My friend Konyi to escape ur life its better to accept president’s amnesty.otherwise hel

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  • 30 April 2013 10:17, by Guandong

    Konyi,Arabs will not come to this land again,nor their will work again. I have already stared my mourning about u guys bcoz the death is about to seize u.I am telling u the brave SPLA are not to be overruned by samll army of Murlei.If it has happen I personally would leave govnt work n joint army,or we will smash into pieces all ur supporters. Cursed ppl.

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    • 30 April 2013 12:02, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Guandong
      That is good paint dear just treated the slavery ( Dinkas) with truth speech.

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