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South Sudan’s Kiir to sign Yau Yau peace deal into law

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July 10, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir said he will sign a peace agreement with Jonglei-based rebel leader David Yau Yau into law.

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South Sudan rebel leader David Yau Yau (UN photo)

Speaking at a function on Wednesday to mark the country’s third anniversary since gaining independence from the north, Kiir said that the Yau Yau peace accord demonstrates South Sudan’s committment to resolve differences.

“I thank David Yau Yau for this courageous decision to stop the war and accept dialogue and [a] peaceful settlement of the crisis. Soon after this celebration, this agreement shall be signed into law and that is be followed by immediate implementation,” said Kiir.

Yau Yau’s South Sudan Democratic Front Cobra Faction reached a final peace agreement with the government in May following negotiations in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Yau Yau, who attended Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday in the capital, Juba, rebelled in 2010 after losing elections to represent Pibor county in Jonglei state’s legislative assembly, accusing the ruling SPLM party of rigging votes.

In 2011, he accepted a presidential amnesty, but rebelled again the following year.

The latest agreement gives the Greater Pibor administrative area (GPAA) special status under the office of the president.

President Kiir said the agreement will be fully implemented, including the nomination of an administrator and availing funds for the construction of a school, hospitals and a road in the Pibor area.

“As South Sudanese we have experiences of always solving our own internal crises by ourselves. This was demonstrated by my brother David Yau Yau a few months ago when he reached an agreement with us, the government,” said Kiir.

“No foreigner came to mediate amongst us and David Yau Yau. We knew our problems were our own and if we can solve them, it is better that we resolve them before the problem can finish us up. This is one good example,” the president added.

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  • 11 July 03:14, by Ito

    Please president don’t lie to public. We know very well that this peace agreement is fake because you sign it just so that he help you fight Riek and others. You are an expert in dividing people. Now you have bought heavy guns from China few days ago in preparation for dry season to fight rebels with your friend museveni. We know you are not interested in peace but we are ready to go to hell.

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    • 11 July 03:18, by Ito

      We are more than happy to sacrifice our lives till to the last person just for the sake of our survival and that of other small tribes that are on plan B to be eliminated after you are done with much bigger tribes. I know many tribes in South Sudan don’t understand this scheme due to be blinded by money or ignorant but soon it will come to their face and they will come to remember my comments here

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      • 11 July 06:23, by Chol A.

        Ito good on you because you like war than peace as it your habit. If you think many big guns are bought to fight you during dry season then accept peace now!! Otherwise facing the consequence it not far.

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        • 11 July 06:57, by michael coma

          What were the main objectives for Yau’s faction? It seems that Yau was project for some individuals to destabilize Jonglei state.Is appreciation for president Kiir for bringing back this confused cleric called Yau.

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      • 11 July 06:48, by Ahmed Chol

        which law is it going to be?

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  • 11 July 06:56, by wang

    Chol A.
    Nothing new bigger than helicopter gunshot and banned chemicals were used by both SPLA and Ugandan army against Freedom fighters compared to those junks fakes guns were manufacture from China…. furthermore, Freedom fighter will capture most of those so called big guns from your cowardice army so called SPLA if some or few may reach dry season…

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    • 11 July 07:23, by Chol A.

      @Wang you should have call yourself tribalist fighters rather than using a word "freedom fighters" which is not a like to what you now fighting for! You wage war since 80s against SPLA as militia siding with North because it what all Nuer addicted too and call it freedom fighters!! We knew Nuer are allergic to Dinka and even if doom Ngundeng came back alive still you never achieve your stupid idea

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  • 11 July 08:05, by Madina Tonj

    It is good for David Yau Yau to accepted amnesty and let Mr. Riek Machar Teny and Taban Deng Gai betraying Nuers people. For those primitive people who thinks Riek Machar will lead South Sudan are not only foolishness but they don’t know that, there are thousand educators of Nuer politicians and if the matter is about elected or appointment then, Southern Sudanese will choose from such Nuer

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  • 11 July 08:06, by Madina Tonj

    It is good for David Yau Yau to accepted amnesty and let Mr. Riek Machar Teny and Taban Deng Gai betraying Nuers people. For those primitive people who thinks Riek Machar will lead South Sudan are not only foolishness but they don’t know that, there are thousand educators of Nuer politicians and if the matter is about elected or appointment then, Southern Sudanese will choose from such Nuer

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  • 11 July 08:07, by Madina Tonj

    It is good for David Yau Yau to accepted amnesty and let Mr. Riek Machar Teny and Taban Deng Gai betraying Nuers people. For those primitive people who thinks Riek Machar will lead South Sudan are not only foolishness but they don’t know that, there are thousand educators of Nuer politicians and if the matter is about elected or appointment then, Southern Sudanese will choose from such Nuer

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  • 11 July 08:21, by Madina Tonj

    In addition to Pibor Administrative, I think there are two States which took reported to Salva Kiir Mayardit’s office and their names were Jonglei State and Warrap State but the president seem to deny that report now it will be uniform to any State Like Warrap State which need separation from Old Gogrial counties. Yes, I agree that Jonglei State has to divide in to two States as well as Warrap to

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  • 11 July 08:36, by Paac

    Good move Mr.president, south sudan need peace, people are tire of war each year. I want to congratulations Mr.David Yau Yau for accepted this peace accord and too my encouragement to the rebel leader Riek Machar, enough is enough, people are dying each day, think about the innocent Nuer children who are dying, I understood the murder of Nuer people in Juba, but now find others way to solve the pr

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  • 12 July 06:49, by Black Africa

    We the Youth of Great Equatoria will join SPLM/O soon to bring The Kiir Dinka regime down.

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