Home | News    Thursday 15 May 2014

US welcomes South Sudan peace deal with Yau Yau rebels


May 14, 2014 (JUBA) – The US government on Wednesday welcomed the signing of a peace agreement between the South Sudanese government and the Jonglei state-based rebel leader, David Yau Yau.

JPEG - 88.3 kb
The South Sudan government delegation and their SSDM/A Cobra faction counterparts after sigining a final peace deal in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 9 May 2014 (ST)

"The agreement is a critical step to ending a terrible cycle of violence that has tragically impacted communities throughout Jonglei State,” reads statement issued on Wednesday by the US embassy in Juba.

The statement comes days after the government and Yau Yau’s South Sudan Democratic Movement Cobra Faction signed a peace agreement in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on 9 May.

"We are hopeful that with the leadership of both sides of this conflict committed to the agreement there will be sustainable peace in Pibor County and throughout Jonglei State. We applaud the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the SSDM/A – Cobra Faction for demonstrating their commitment to peace through negotiations", the statement notes in part.

The US cautioned that the successful implementation of the agreement will take the full effort of both sides.

"We encourage both the South Sudanese government and the forces of David Yau Yau to exhibit the leadership necessary to see this agreement through even as challenges arise", further adds the release.

The embassy also appealed to the communities of Jonglei state – the youth, women, chiefs and others - to stand together, across geographic and community lines, and deliver a common message that “the people of Jonglei state stand united for peace".

Yau Yau first rebelled in 2010 in protest against his failure to be declared the winner of a seat in the Jonglei state legislative assembly, claiming that there were electoral irregularities in favour of his political rival.

His rebellion swiftly became a significant security threat, especially in Pibor county, - where he was based drawing on support from his Murle community - and neighbouring areas. Scores were killed in the conflict, while several others have been displaced.

In 2011, he accepted and responded to president Salva Kiir’s amnesty offer and returned to Juba where he was promoted to the rank of major general in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). In 2012, however, he quit the army accusing the government of failing to honour the terms of the agreement signed.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

The Nile Basin challenges and opportunities 2015-11-30 21:56:37 Between transboundary cooperation and national territorial transformations By Mohamed Yassin The Nile Basin is an extended unique and rich territory in the African continent, which extends over (...)

President Festus G. Mogae rekindles peace hopeful dividends for South Sudan 2015-11-28 07:33:06 By James Okuk Friday 27th November 2015 had marked a very important step forward on the path of peace in the Republic of South Sudan despite lagging behind the schedules in the last wasted three (...)

The Sudanese rebels’ national agenda is causing local harm 2015-11-26 07:46:17 By Hafiz Ismail Mohamed Sudan people's Liberation Movement- North (SPLM-N)'s insistence on negotiating with the government about national issues only – rather than giving priority to South (...)


Latest Press Releases

Deadly Public Order raid in Umm Dawm 2015-11-11 13:26:10 The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA)Deadly Public Order Raid in Umm Dawm On the 14th of October, the Public Order Police (POP) carried out a sweep in Umm Dawm, an area (...)

S. Sudan civil society groups to the 28 states issue to constitutional body 2015-10-08 17:26:10 South Sudan Civil Society Organizations Submission on the Creation of 28 States in the Republic of South Sudan Press Statement For immediate Release 8th October 2015 Following the announcement (...)

Sudan Democracy First Group Statement on The International Day for Democracy 2015-10-01 22:18:58 22 September 2015 Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) commemorated on 15 September 2015 the International Day for Democracy, which the United Nations (UN) marks as a day to encourage governments (...)


Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.