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South Sudanese government, Yau Yau rebels sign ceasefire


January 30, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan government and the Cobra Faction of its rebel South Sudan Democratic Movement/Defense Army (SSDM/A) on Thursday signed an agreement on cessation of hostilities to end nearly three years of rebellion.

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Bishop Paride Taban (C) appluads as the signing of a peace deal between South Sudan government and SSDM/A Cobra Faction rebels in Addis Ababa, January 30, 2014 (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

The deal, inked in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, followed a week of negotiations between the two parties under the auspices of the Church Leaders Mediation Initiative (CLMI) on Jonglei peace dialogue chaired by Bishop Paride Taban.

It followed the 6 January unilateral declaration of ceasefire by South Sudan army (SPLA), which SSDM/A, Cobra Faction led by David Yau Yau, accepted as a way of creating conducive environment for meaningful peace negotiations between the two parties.

Rev. Canon Clement Janda led the government delegation while the SSDM/A team was headed by Gen. Khalid Botrous.

The agreement, Bishop Paride said in a statement, aims at bringing peaceful and durable solution to the conflict that made the rebel group resort to armed option.

“The agreement will come as a result of the Unilateral Declaration of Ceasefire by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army on January 6, 2014 that was accepted by the SSD/MA, Cobra Faction as a way of creating a conducive environment for meaningful peace negotiations between the two parties,” partly reads the statement.

The engagement in negotiations, it stressed, seeks remedies to the conflicts in Jonglei and between other parties for a comprehensive peace deal in the country’s largest state.

According to Bishop Taban, the cessation of hostilities agreement between the warring parties will enable peace in the communities affected by the conflict, providing an urgent need for reconciliation in not only in Jonglei, but the entire country.

The two parties, as part of the agreement, also agreed to unite to realise the vision of a stable region where communities live and coexist in peace and harmony with one another.

Yau Yau rebelled against South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) after the April 2010 elections when, as an independent candidate, he lost his campaign to represent Gumuruk–Boma constituency in Pibor county at Jonglei state assembly.

In 2011, however, he joined the SPLA, but rebelled again in April 2012. After an increase in violence in Pibor county, the army announced it was suspending the civilian disarmament campaign in the area to focus on nullifying the rebellion.


The new deal comes a week after government and rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM in Opposition) signed a ceasefire agreement in the Ethiopian capital to end over a month-old fighting in the world’s youngest nation.

The long-awaited agreement on cessation of hostilities came after South Sudan’s government agreed to release 11 political figures, initially held in connection with last year’s alleged failed coup attempt in the country’s capital, Juba.

Seven of the detainees were released on Tuesday, but seven others face treason charges.

Fighting broke out in mid-December between President Salva Kiir government army and forces loyal to his ex-deputy, Riek Machar, leading to more than 1,000 deaths and displacing half a million people in the country’s worst-ever outbreak of violence.


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Peace Agreement January 30, 2014
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  • 31 January 2014 07:10, by Mi diit

    But will this fake ceasefire be implemented by the visionless Kiir, or is it another way to bring Yay yau home and kill him????

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    • 31 January 2014 09:20, by Tut Tut

      Let Yau Yau take his own risk since there is nothing difficult to understand in terms of what prompting Kiir to reach out for him at this time. Let’s wait and see how cheap Murle would become to Dinka. If there is anything of value for Yau Yau to make a deceitful deal with Kiir, we yet have to see the game of unequal. That is to say, Murle are the receivers and Dinka the givers.

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      • 31 January 2014 15:04, by what the hell

        murlie are the citizen of the republic of south sudan they have right to join the nation building

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    • 31 January 2014 13:46, by Jewish Ally


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    • 31 January 2014 21:11, by Johndumo14

      I know most of you nuer guys who live Australia,EU,USA ,south sudan,sudan are supporting Riek Machar,simply because he is your tribemen,this is tribebolism,read the history of Riek when southern sudanese were fighing their common enemy ,Riek Machar stike them at the back,is this a true leader,no,remember now he is a deathman.Museveni and kiir will get him,soon.

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    • 1 February 2014 00:20, by Tango Alpha

      Folks you should have not debate about the comprehensive agreement between David Yau Yau and the government of South Sudan the SPLM. What could be your reason that the government can kill Yau Yau for? of cause Yau Yau made atrocities in Janub Sudan or South Sudan, but he is the same with others like Riek Machar who had done the same thing before and he had been forgiven and not kill.

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  • 31 January 2014 07:24, by Kenyan the cushite

    SS take the example of CAR they removed the president by force and installed a tribal leader. now they are fighting and people are dying. if kiir is removed by force, SS will experince fighting and genocide and refugees will be everywere. back to the stone age

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    • 31 January 2014 07:29, by Mi diit

      Mr. Dinka (Kenyan),
      Well this is what you want to happen because you want dictator Museveni of Uganda to prolong the fighting. We would have chased out Kiir in the first week if Musevene and some Nuer generals did not help him. Salva Kiir is so little a man in my eyes. He depends on others for help.

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      • 31 January 2014 09:04, by LL Reuben

        Mi diit,
        As foolish as you’re always, you think you could’ve defeated all the tribes in RSS. Don’t you really have health problems Mi diit? How many fighters do you’ve to begin with leave alone wining a war. Teenagers who absolutely have no military skills can not win wars Mi diit. You’ve contaminated their consciences using false prophesies from Ngundeng so they ran into SPLA in Bor, Malakal,...

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        • 31 January 2014 09:08, by LL Reuben

          Bentiu but unfortunately so did the SPLA tanks ran over most of them. Please report yourself back for the sake of your innocent civilians, their population will be reduced greatly by this silly war of greed Riek has created if it continues. Leadership is about putting the interest of your people first not putting one’s interest first as Riek is doing.

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    • 31 January 2014 07:33, by michael coma

      For those who do believes in Ngundeng’s prophercies,he said there will be one tribe in South Sudan that will be eliminated for good.I hope this tribe is Nuer.@Mi diit,where will get those equipment to othrow the govt?Try it again so that we can fulfil the prophercy of Ngundeng.

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    • 31 January 2014 08:09, by Wicdail

      stop lying. who will fight, if your primative (Kirr) should disappear from today? don’t cheat the world with fake president who does not even know what it take meant to be president. What sort of president who resort to kill his own citizens in human history?

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      • 31 January 2014 16:47, by what the hell

        Kirr did killed the people, south sudan,Kirr did not killed people in Bor or bentuie malakal kier did not order to loot the bank in malakal or lead a magician for war you fuck

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    • 31 January 2014 16:41, by what the hell

      refugee 4 ever for some

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      • 1 February 2014 06:20, by Bentiu son

        Yes,I agreed with you cowards,Dinkas will live in Refugees camps forever till Jesus Christ return to redeem us from this sinful world.Dinkas were in Kakuma eventhough CPA was signed in 2005 n South Sudan independence 2011 till now.

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  • 1 February 2014 06:34, by American Missile.

    Signing Ceasefire with David Yau Yau and Government is a tremendous step and peace retoration.
    God Bless South Sudan.

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