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S. Sudan denies setting precedent with Greater Pibor status agreement

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May 13, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan has denied that an agreement signed with rebel leader David Yau Yau last week granting Jonglei state’s Pibor county special status will set a precedent in the country.

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Clement Jada, the government’s chief negotiator during peace talks with the David Yau Yau-led rebel group, speaks to reporters at the presidential office on 13 May 2014 flanked by other government delegates (ST)

Clement Jada, the government’s chief negotiator in Yau Yau talks that culminated to the signing of a final agreement on Friday, told reporters on Tuesday that “this agreement brings peace to greater Pibor and the whole of South Sudan.

"The agreement gives Pibor county, where David Yau Yau’s four years rebellion was based, a special status under the office of the president. The agreement recognises borders of greater Pibor area that include Pochala county in Jonglei state as indicated on the map based on January 1st 1956 when Sudan gained independence from British", Jada said.

“Those borders will be what respected in the implementation of greater Pibor agreement,” he added.

The agreement, according to Jada, will come into effect 30 days after 9 May signing.

“The agreement will be rectified by councils of states,” he revealed.

Jada dismissed claims that the lack of development in Greater Pibor area could also be used by other parts of the country as precedent to claim special status.

“Do you think that is necessary?” he responded when asked by journalists

“It became necessary [in Pibor] because the people expressed their grievances and we had to stop that by lifting their problems to the national level,” he added.

“Now we are preparing for the implementation of the agreement. The president will issue necessary decree creating a special status for the Greater Pibor administrative area and then the appointment for the chief administrator and the rest of things will follow,” further said Jada.

Yau Yau rebelled after losing 2010 elections to ruling SPLM candidate citing fraud. He returned to Juba in 2011 following a presidential amnesty, but resumed rebellion two years later.

(ST)

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  • 14 May 10:32, by ngadodo

    that right Jada, the precedent for GPAA It’s will be make little bits differences of grievances under Jonglei State for about more than 18 centuries and I congratulations to David YauYau with his Braves Solders for gives they’re lives for courses of freedom. But we as four communities of GPAA we are caution and we looking forward to GOROSS to be honest and progress it’s to be full state.

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  • 14 May 11:28, by Zeki

    If all the each counties of S.Sudan want to become state and want to fight for their freedom whom are they going to fight?
    For Greater Pibor to have its own administrative, will they be under who? S.Sudan gov, Jonglei State gov?

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    • 14 May 12:13, by ngadodo

      Zeki, well what you talking about? do you know how many Murle who kills every centuries in Bor? leave allow people who was killed in Bor Hospital, they were police who was killed in bor around 20 in numbers during when Spla One had agreement with govt of Sudan and many more killed. so if you have state which you didn’t lives in it do you thinks it’s your? if you thinking that Govt lies then?

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  • 14 May 12:09, by Majongdit

    The Nuer and Murle can held responsible for lack of development in their area.
    First of all, the Murle and the Nuer land is swampy. The land they possess is not development friendly.
    Then again, the Murle and the Nuer are as harsh as their land. They dont have tolerance.
    During the liberation war, these two tribes were Arabs puppets who became worse than Arabs.

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    • 14 May 12:36, by ngadodo

      Majongdit, more Dinkas was with Sudan military too even big politician their was too. about Land all ss ld similar but you Dinkas take advantages from others bcs of leadership you holding more thn 30 years now. if even in Juba u guys distributions money at night to Dinkas, if money of oil comes then going strength to Dinkas villages, so your mismanagement let others unhappy with your leadership.

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      • 15 May 06:19, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Our areas of Ajah Ageer and Gadiang are said to be parts of that administrative unit? word to the wise, we are set up for the war that will destroy Jonglei for good.

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    • 14 May 12:41, by ngadodo

      Majongdit, more Dinkas was with Sudan military too even big politician their was too. about Land all ss ld similar but you Dinkas take advantages from others bcs of leadership you holding more thn 30 years now. if even in Juba u guys distributions money at night to Dinkas, if money of oil comes then going strength to Dinkas villages, so your mismanagement let others unhappy with your leadership.

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  • 14 May 13:09, by Realist

    I hope Mr. Jada understands where are the borders of Greater Pibor in 1956. Greater Pibor in 1956 included the Anyuak part of current Akobo county, with center in Akobo town. Does it means the Nuer part of Akobo, which initially was part of Waat district will be separated and returned to Waat or what?

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