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Yau Yau calls for quick implementation of Jonglei peace deal

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May 23, 2014 (JUBA) – Jonglei state’s former rebel leader David Yau Yau has called for the swift implementation of a peace deal signed earlier this month with the South Sudanese government.

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Members of the South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A) faction march in Gumuruk on 13 May 2014 after their leader, David Yau Yau, signed a peace deal with the South Sudanese government on 9 May 2014 in Addis Ababa (Photo: AFP/Samir Bol)

Yau Yau group signed a peace agreement with Juba on 9 May ending a 4-year insurgency he led in the immense Jonglei state since the end of Sudan’s general elections in 2010.

In line with the peace agreement, Juba agreed to give the area where lives his ethnic group, the Murle, a special status allowing them to manage water and pasture resources. Also special development fund will be will be set up for the Greater Pibor County.

In a meeting held on Thursday with the head of UN Mission in South Sudan, Hilde Johnson, the leader of the South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A), Cobra faction reiterated his commitment to the signed peace agreement and urged the quick implementation for the peace deal.

"David Yau Yau underlined the urgency of implementing the agreement and providing the people of Greater Pibor with peace dividends to help build trust and stability among the affected communities,” said UNMISS in a statement released on Friday.

The UNMISS chief also organised him a meeting with foreign diplomats on Friday where Yau Yau briefed them about the steps taken to implement the signed peace agreement. The former rebel leader also called to support the development of Pibor area where the lack of infrastructure and roads is the main obstacle for development.

Yau Yau is visiting Juba for the first time since the signing of the peace deal to discuss the implementation of the peace deal with the government officials and brief legislators, political forces and other actors about the agreement.

Johnson pledged to support the full implementation of the agreement which “will lay the foundation of a durable peace for all the people and communities of Pibor and surrounding counties”, she stated.

The head of the peacekeeping mission further expressed hopes that the government and the rebel SPLM-In Opposition “follow suit” and reach a peace deal ending the current conflict which cause huge suffering among the civilians and destroyed the infrastructure of the new nation.

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  • 24 May 2014 07:09, by Gabriel Ajak

    I DON’T THINK WHETHER YAU-YAU CAN BE ABLE TO CONVINCE THE WHOLE TRIBE OF MURLE TO STOP THEIR STUPIT BEHAVIOURS,ANYWAY LET HIM TRY HIS LUCK,WE NEED TO STAY IN HARMONY AS A STATE.

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    • 24 May 2014 22:51, by Adodi Jotuwa

      David Yau Yau is simply talking to UNMISS Chief. He should not think that he’s King of Kings. Murle was abandoned since colonial period because of syphilis which is spread by sleeping with any wife of your brother, neighbor or relatives. Peace dividend is coming, not only to Murle area but also to all Backward South Sudanese areas not developed by colonialists or successive Islamic regimes in Kh

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      • 24 May 2014 23:01, by Adodi Jotuwa

        The issue of health in Murle is more important than what David Yau Yau is yelling for. Even those who lost or won elections in their own State in 2010 have not yet benefitted because of his tribal rebellion of kidnapping children and raiding cattle camps of neighboring communities such as Dinka Bor, Anyuak and Lou-Nuer where the white army of Dr. Fool Riek Machar hail from.

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        • 24 May 2014 23:10, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Master Development Plan is already in the pipeline. Every human being in South Sudan deserves special recognition under the President of the Republic of South Sudan. It is not like receiving logistical support he used to get from Khartoum and Asmara to destabilize South Sudan in the interest of the two countries but not Murle or South Sudanese who heavily bore the brunt.

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