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Jonglei youth respond to calls for cessation of hostilities

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May 17, 2017 (BOR) - The youth of Jonglei have just withdrawn from South Sudan’s Boma state, in response to the calls for a ceasefire proposed by First Vice President Taban Deng last week, the state governor Philip Aguer said.

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Governor, Philip Aguer, shaking hands with Governor Baba Medan, in Bor on Tuesday, 20 September 2016. (ST photo)

Aguer said the youth had reached the territory of Jonglei before he directed their leaders and community chiefs to recall them back.

“In accordance to calls of the first vice president for peace, the youth had accepted the withdrawal, they have left Boma state and they are now preparing to defense themselves within the territory of Jonglei state”, he told Sudan Tribune Tuesday.

Aguer urged Boma state authorities to do the same to the youth still in Jonglei state.

“This is unique in the sense that the youth of Murle are still around, yesterday, one person was killed in Pariak, and cattle were raided in Pakon. The youth of Murle are still lingering around, still killing people, ambushing people”, he said.

The communal peace talk will be held in Juba, under the chairmanship of the First vice president who will also provide the accommodation. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) will transport the youth leaders and communities leaders from both side to the capital.

More than 12 communal peace agreements had been abrogated between Dinka Bor and Murle youth, in the last decades, including the last one signed in December 2016.

“The authorities in Boma should this time be serious, and try their best to call back the criminals that are on this side. I don’t know they call them since they refer to them as criminals. Those who have adopted cattle raiding and child abductions years as means of life, should be oriented through civic education” Aguer said.

Although political leaders are in support of peace and stability as called for by the presidency, some elements at the side of Boma, whom Governor Aguer described as "beneficiaries of cattle raiding and child abductions", may oppose that.

“The beneficiaries of cattle raiding and child abductions will at the other side of Boma. On our side we had never been beneficiaries of cattle raiding and child abductions, it is not a habit in Jonglei. I belief even those politicians in Boma will abide by the demands of the country that we want peace not cattle raiding. They had raided cattle in Ethiopia, they had raided cattle in that had not given them political kingdom”, he added.

The proposed date for the peace talk is to be communicated by authorities.

(ST)

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  • 17 May 08:53, by Dengda

    Shallow minded Murlei will termed it as cowardice, but it a show of responsibility, respect of law and order for law abided citizens. Our youth need to vigilance and watch their backs since government promised and not implement anything. Beba Medan is only man if was allow for governorship to work with Philip, toward peaceful solution between these two feuding communities.

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  • 17 May 08:59, by Thiep Mawien Thiep

    No retreat and no surrender to the youth of jonglei. Enough is enough, Murle have been killing youth and kidnapping your beautiful children for decades, let them evacuate or sign a perminant peace with you once and for all or teaches them an everlasting lesson.

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  • 17 May 12:23, by Eastern

    These fearful Jonglei "youths"have responded because THEY ALSO BLEED! If they had chosen to march further east, a good number of them will miss the beer, women and good food, they love so much!

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  • 17 May 17:57, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Yes that is very great, Jonglei youth you should vigilance, watchout ever criminal of Pibor activities, don,t sleep.

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  • 17 May 19:10, by lino

    This suggested Peace Conference should be held under the trees bordering the 2 states to give chance for anyone body in the area to attend rather than moving it to Juba.
    This issue doesn’t belong to the capital; please leave and solve problems where they belong so everyone listens to have been said rather than sending few numbers and they come back and tell the mass different versions of the agree

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    • 18 May 08:14, by jubaone

      Lino,
      Thank you. That is precisely what is needed so that it becomes a "peoples peace". Bringing it to Juba won’t help. I thought all Bor youth had dashed to either Nimule or Kakuma. Their boldness and courage to face the Murles is admirable, just thought they often get terrified and run 🏃 away like scared chicken 🍗 when they hear of Murles coming.

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      • 18 May 13:20, by Catch-22

        I look at it reasonable to abstain from predatory comments, but bear with me for am conditioned to react this while, well my friend "Eastern" you are right, they (Bor Youth) bleed and remember, their bleeding didn’t start when FVP Taban Deng opens his mouth to talk about peace, in the same regard mr. Jubaone is much obsessed with Bor’s negativity as clearly spelled out in his writing "........

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        • 18 May 13:23, by Catch-22

          Well for shallow minded people like Eastern and Jubaone, the avoidant rule commonly used by Bor youth and community turns outrageous and a prestige for you guys to boost in Bor’s expend but forgetting the history, you the fools, what about the mighty Korriom Division and other SPLA wing commanders produced by Bor Community? Do you think they were bought in a supermarket where they can be out of...

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          • 18 May 13:25, by Catch-22

            stoke? this is the mind that has spoiled our country, looking things at remote angle and interpret them childishly, the move of Bor youth is a portent of annoyance and if no proper measures are taken then Bor youth will show you their capability in warfare, if at all South Sudanese do not retrospect, it is worthwhile to talk sense like Lino and others for Peace to be made within the Communities

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            • 18 May 13:26, by Catch-22

              themselves so as they attend it, Yes, The God fearing Citizen are seldom to bad reaction and when the react it shakes the given Nation ... Mark my Words

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