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S. Sudan army says rebel leader Yau Yau agreed to ceasefire

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January 7, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s army claimed on Tuesday that David Yau Yau, who has been leading a rebellion out of Pibor county in Jonglei state since April 2012, has agreed to cease hostilities against government forces.

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South Sudan rebel leader David Yau Yau (UN photo)

Yau Yau’s rebel group in eastern part of Jonglei is constituted from his Murle ethnic group. He originally rebelled in 2011 after he failed to become a local legislator during the 2010 elections.

The military on Tuesday said Yau Yau had responded to an amnesty offer from president Salva Kiir, who is currently battling a new rebellion that began last month when large sections of the army defected in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states.

The ceasefire with Yauyau’s group "is a good step toward realisation of peace and stability", Philip Aguer, South Sudan army (SPLA) spokesperson told reporters on Tuesday.

He did not give specific details of how Yau Yau had responded.

Religious and community tasked by the president to mediate between government and the rebels in August 2013 are yet to release statement denying or confirming whether it was their efforts or not that resulted to the rebels’ acceptance of ceasefire.

Sudan Tribune was unable to independently verify whether Yau Yau had indeed accepted cessation of hostilities.

Aguer said on Monday that the country’s defense minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk, had instructed government troops "to declare a ceasefire between SPLA and David Yau Yau."

“David Yau Yau had for the last two months undertaken steps for confidence building and have been cooperating with SPLA forces in Pibor and Likuangole. This declaration of ceasefire is an enhancement for the process of settlement of the conflict in the area", he remarked.

The military spokesperson said the decision was reached by the government in recognition of negotiations that have been ongoing between the government and Yau Yau mediated by religious leaders under the auspices of retired Catholic Archbishop Paride Taban.

Aguer explained that the decision would provide access for provision and delivery of humanitarian assistance to the conflict-affected communities living in and around Pibor county, as the cessation of hostilities would create a conducive atmosphere and allow humanitarian services.

Should the reports be correct, Yau Yau is expected to formally sign a ceasefire agreement with the government.

Meanwhile, observers and analysts say acceptance of the ceasefire will eventually contribute to the realisation of peace and stability in the area.

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  • 8 January 07:23, by omoni jr.

    lies lies lies,
    After all, president kiir called murle people infertle ,and suffering from gonohrrea ,that’s why they are stealing people’s kids. David yau yau should never pay damn attention for this terrorists government.

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    • 8 January 07:34, by Monydit

      Omoni you are behind the news Mr David Yau Yau is going to be D/Governor for Jonglei State .you wait and within this few days you hear the new Mr David is going to replace rebel d/governor who went away with Killer Riek Machar who is power greedy on shamme on machar you not role south sudan by taking AKM 47 pls

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      • 8 January 08:25, by Mr Point

        So the doomed Dr Riek Machar is aligned with those feared and brutal militia warlords - Deng Alor, Pagan Amum, Rebecca Garang and Peter Adwok Nyaba.
        The saintly Salva Kiir, father of the country, is allied to those peaceful heroes of the Civil War: David Yau Yau, Omar al Bashir, Hassan al Turabi.
        You see the President is really looking after the interests of South Sudanese people.

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    • 8 January 07:42, by Majongdit

      Omoni jnr,
      You are a liar! Kiir never said that. Instead, he has been propagating for peace in Pibor and Jonglei at large.

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    • 8 January 08:15, by Jewish Ally

      All innocent Nuer are welcome back to enjoy the fruit of this nation but the head of Lucifer RIEK machar need to cut off and offer to Ngundeng for is false prophecy that let to Nuer misconception of this current crisis.
      i blame everything on Ngundeng and is Riek Machar

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    • 8 January 10:43, by Badi Malawi

      omoni jr,do you know why david yau yau was not hunt by spla it is because he was fighting with evil tribe that why govt always quite but this time make sure all of you will go one by one

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  • 8 January 07:31, by Jubawe

    What a big lie David Yau yau did not respond to kirr offer why government giving false information to people of south Sudan. Kirr if war stay for another 2 weeks westerner will bring to you to accountability

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    • 8 January 07:47, by Malakal county Simon

      Jubawe!!!! You are totally right brother!!!! Only fools will believe such thing, for their wishes....

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  • 8 January 07:37, by Majongdit

    Yau Yau is educated and he deserves to be the Deputy Governor of Jonglei state.

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    • 8 January 07:44, by Malakal county Simon

      Its a shame to be a Dinka now a days, in this very factual world....Where Dinka community’s still believe in fabricate liars as part of their culture!!!! Who can believe such unilateral cease-fire to work???? only fools i guess !!!!

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    • 8 January 07:45, by omoni jr.

      majongdit.
      if he is educated and why you want him to be deputy gov.? see how greedy you are.Then he still gonna be rebelled if you treat him that way. so if he is educated as you claimed so you gonna be uneducated Dinka to be on top of him and becomes Yau Yau boss???

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      • 8 January 08:07, by Monydit

        @Omoni I Think you are not reading the news of Appointment in the GOSS .the governor of Jongei State is not Dinka my dear brother take noted of that .the D/Governor is Mr David Yau Yau Currently in Home Away Hotel in Juba for your information

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  • 8 January 07:45, by George Bol

    We gave orders for Yau Yau to do his job very well as he wants.

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    • 8 January 07:54, by Malakal county Simon

      George Bol your life is on the line brother!!! You need to evacuated for your safe refuge and stop wasting time, before things get too late... Bor Town has been captured for a nearly a week now, and desperate government forces constantly trying to retake it, but were expelled back miserably!!!!

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  • 8 January 07:51, by Mapuor

    From primates to the contemporary man there were two branches of men, Neanderthal and cromagnon, the first lead nowhere. Neanderthal man was very strong and too stupid; cromagnon man was relatively strong and wise. We must keep this in mind, if we are too strong and stupid we may end up as Neanderthal men did.Now what is the aim of the current rebellion?Positions?how many positions?

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    • 8 January 07:56, by Mapuor

      would people who would occupy those positions feed the sons ,daughters,and families of those who are now making ultimate sacrifices in the battlefields in greater Upper Nile?The answer is a big noooooo.Mr Riek is selfish,he used to chased Nuers away from his fence,even those who camp outside round his fence on the ground that they are dirty and unhygienic.

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      • 8 January 08:00, by Mapuor

        If you visit Bentiu now there are thousands of Nuer children scavenging on garbage damps,and if the current war continues for three months the number would be ten times the current number.Mr Riek,since you not a christian,just think of the great sufferings that you always inflict on the blind Nuers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Welcom David Yau Yau.you are a christian.

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  • 9 January 08:53, by tootke’bai-ngo

    YAU YAU WILL BE KILL IF HE CAME TO JUBA THIS TIME. HIS HANDS ARE FULL OF THE BLOODS. LET HIM CAME, HE WILL DIE INSTANTLY. HIS ONLY WAY TO SURVIVE IS TO JOINT REBELS AND OVERTHROW KIIR’S CORRUPTED REGIME AS THAT WAS HIS AIM.

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