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South Sudan government, Yau Yau group reach peace agreement

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March 28, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) - The South Sudanese government and the South Sudan Democratic Movement – Cobra Faction (SSDM-Cobra faction) of David Yau Yau initialled a peace deal on Friday ending a 4 year rebellion in Jongeli state.

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Top rebel negotiator Boutros Khalid (L) shakes hands with the head of government negotiating team, Canon Clement Janda, after the signing of a peace deal in Addis Ababa on 28 March 2014 (Photo ST)

In accordance with the draft peace agreement brokered by the South Sudanese church a special territorial administration called Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) will be established in Pibor enabling the Murle ethnic group to manage the pasture and water sources in the region.

The government chief negotiator, Canon Clement Janda, said the Administrative Area will be based on the principle of decentralisation of government in the country.

He further said the National Legislature shall determine legal position of the area and ensure proper implementation of the agreement.

The Greater Pibor Administrative Area shall be governed by a Chief Administrator whose status will be equal to that of a state governor.

The rebels initially demanded a the creation of a new state in the largest and most populous state in South Sudan, where different pastoral groups belonging to different tribes share the same territory.

The top rebel negotiator Lt. Gen. Boutros Khalid told Sudan tribune that his group is committed to the peace agreement with the government.

The deal reached under the auspices of the South Sudanese Church Leaders Mediation Initiative (CLMI) ends the latest among a series of conflicts caused by the general elections of 2010 before the independence of South Sudan.

After April 2010 election, South Sudan witnessed the emergence of several small rebel groups including George Athur, David Yau Yau both in Jonglei state, Gatluak Gai in Unity, and Shilluk commanders Johnson Olony and Alyuak Ogot in Upper Nile.

The deputy head of the South Sudanese government delegation to the peace process, Lawrence Korbandy, said six counties will be established in the Greater Pibor Administration Area.

Speaking to Sudan tribune; Korbandy underlined that this territorial process will be implemented through consultations with existing administrative entities (Payams or Bomas) with the view to upgrading them into full county administration.

He further said that the initialled agreement will be pending for approval by the rebel leader and relevant authority in Juba.

The agreement provides to create a development fund for the new entity annexed directly to the presidency. Also, the parties agreed to implement a set of security arrangements through a technical committee s yet to be formed by both parties.

The deal also includes a power sharing chapter providing to increase Murle representation in the national parliament. Until the organization of the elections and the creation of new electoral constituencies the president shall appoint a number of GPAA citizens in the legislative assembly.

Also, in line with the peace agreement, the government will appoint some members of the former rebel group as presidential advisers, ministers, deputy ministers, chairpersons, members of specialised institutions and commissions, and ambassadors and diplomats.

(ST)

Yau Yau rebels demand new state in Jonglei

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  • 29 March 08:22, by Mi diit

    Kiir uses fake agreements in order to murder his former foes. Be careful Yau Yau...

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    • 29 March 08:35, by Chol A.

      You have right to said that because you always absent minded as you didn’t believe others but you will be deadened soon. Agreement have now being with murle and jealous because of this agreement.

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      • 30 March 06:47, by Bentiu son

        Dear Murle fighters under David Yau Yau do not be lure by Salva Kiir’s genocidal regime signing a ’Fake Agreement’. Why Juba sending Priest or Bishop to negotiation your fate if they are serious about peace.Why granted you county while at first you demanded Pibor State.I’m seeing poor tactic of cold you down not to join rebellion which they had created only. They had no gut to granted u Pibor St

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    • 29 March 17:08, by Diversity

      It is just a beginning of the long wanted decentralization plan

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  • 29 March 08:50, by Positive Thinker

    South Sudan,South Sudan where are you heading?

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  • 29 March 09:10, by Ambago

    Those who used to underestimated the power of the AK-47 in dealing with Salva Kiir’s administration will today go home with a valuable piece of a lesson. Who can now still doubt that under the dinkocracy rule in Juba, indeed AK-47 is the way to get what you want.

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    • 29 March 09:57, by dengdanger

      THIS IS A FUNNY SHIT AHAHAHH HAHAH ,,,,,,BUT ITS OK WE WILL SEE HOW YAU YAU WILL FIT IN IN OUR OUR ARMY WITH ALL HIS Lt. Gen. Boutros Khalid AND OTHER ( LT. GEN ) ,,,, WHERE ARE WE GOING TO GET ARMY FOR THEM TO COMMAND ,,,,,,,, (LT. GENERAL ) BECOME AS A JOKE ITS SO FUNNY WHEN THEY CALLED YAU YAU LT. GEN YAU YAU THATS A BIG JUMP I HOPE OUR COMRADES WILL REJECK THAT NONSENSE

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      • 29 March 10:22, by dengdanger

        I think kiir is still in trouble because our Generals are not going to allow that nonsense to happen AGAIN .. this not back in the days when someone rebel and he come back and they get promoted THIS IS THE NEW SPLA AND WE ARE NOT TAKING BULLSHIT FROM KIIR AND THE REBELIANS SPLA OYEE WE ARE NOT TAKING BULLSHIT OYEE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THOSE DAY ARE OVER OYEEE!!!!!!!!

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        • 29 March 10:34, by omoni jr.

          what is wrong with S.T? STUPID moderators, close this piece of shit,

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  • 29 March 11:09, by Axiox

    So all one has to do now is cause a rebellion and they get rewarded with a ministerial position? Hey Equatorians, why don’t you take up arms I’m sure our dauntless government will reward you with high government positions as well!

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  • 29 March 11:17, by Axiox

    the government will appoint some members of the former rebel group as presidential advisers, ministers, deputy ministers, chairpersons, members of specialised institutions and commissions, and ambassadors and diplomats.
    Rebels as presidential advisers you say? That really went well with the last rebel readmitted into the government..

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  • 29 March 11:35, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear all,
    It is verry impossible for what was done by the drankard government, Khalid Bortous he was a malittia of ISmail Kony In Khartoum with the rank of First Lt, and Johnson Olony was a potest of Cows and Donkeys in Ashabnile or Obel in Malakal today they becomes Lt.General. South Sudan is creazy of being attach the wrong file in to the wrong system, And Yua Yua was a escape student of Theolog

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  • 29 March 12:56, by Mapuor

    Kiir Oyee,you are the only leader who do not practice nepotism in South Sudan.Those of Oyai are known for being tribalists.Riek Macar is the worst.He treated other tribes even Nuers from other places when he was CDR of Western Upper Nile in 1980s.Oyai put his cousin in charge of SPLA finances when he was chief of general staffs.Long live Mayardit.Murle deserve their state for they suffered alo

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    • 29 March 13:02, by Mapuor

      I mean;Riek Macar treated others as second classcitizens when he was CDR of Western Upper Nile.Majak Agot deployed only Dinkas from greater Bhar El Gazal and Bor South to war front when he was in charge of Bonga traing Centre Poooooooh.Twiii never suffered in the bush.

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      • 29 March 15:16, by Rommel

        Mapuor:
        Your constant anti-Twic east rhetoric is getting a little out of hand. The people of Twic east gave thousands of their sons to the ’movement’ during the war. My father, my uncles and cousins were/are SPLA soldiers, and this is the level of dedication, contribution, sacrifice and commitment that virtually every family in Twic east has demonstrated.

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        • 29 March 15:23, by Rommel

          My dear late uncle [my father’s younger brother] joined Jamus battalion — one of the very first battalions of the SPLA. Twic East recently lost a valiant son — Lieutenant-Colonel Abraham Thiong, when he was defending Malakal from the rebels, so please understand that we will not tolerate your lies about us.

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