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UN to mediate peace between Gen. Athor and South Sudan


May 12, 2010 (JUBA) – The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has pledged to mediate peace between the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) and the renegade Lt. General George Athor Deng.

In a statement to Reuters today, the general Athor said he had been contacted by a UN official offering him to broker a deal with southern Sudan government.

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General George Athor Deng

A delegation from UNMIS, headed by the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Jasbir Lidder, on Wednesday met with the Vice President-designate of the government, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, to explore ways to initiate the process.

The meeting discussed the possibility of halting the crisis by reaching a peaceful settlement to the ongoing clashes in the troubled Jonglei state through negotiations with Athor.

The UN team briefed the Vice President about their ongoing phone contacts with Gen. George Athor whom they said was expressing willingness to negotiate with the government.

The delegation expressed UN’s readiness to provide logistical support for the process.

Dr. Machar appreciated the efforts the UN team has exerted in their direct contacts with Gen. Athor, but however said the government would first make further consultations and review the situation before he could promise a decision to the UN body.

A follow up joint meeting between the government and UNMIS representatives is expected to take place in the next few days in order to try to agree on the way forward.

Nobody knows the exact location of Gen. Athor who is generally known to be hiding in thick forests somewhere in the north-western part of Jonglei state.

Gen. George Athor was formerly the SPLA Deputy Chief of General Staff for Political and Moral Orientation. He has been accused by the government of carrying out deadly attacks on SPLA forces after losing the gubernatorial contest as an independent candidate in Jonglei state.

He initially denied the accusation directly implicating him but appreciated the Doleib Hill incidence which he explained had internally occurred as a result of his defense.

He was recently quoted in the media as demanding the sacking of the incumbent governor-elect, Kuol Manyang Juuk, as one of his preconditions for any negotiations with the government.

Athor said he had clashed with SPLA on Monday for the second time and threatened to attack an important town if the assault on his forces persists.

"We are organizing our forces in all areas and we are going to converge in Bor….attacking Bor" Athor told Reuters adding that he is willing to negotiate.

The state’s governor-elect, Kuol Manyang Juuk, was also quoted as warning that an attack on Bor town would amount to a rebellion by Gen. Athor and that the government would not allow it to happen.

"Yes, the State has no forces of its own, but is being defended by the SPLA – by the government of southern Sudan against anybody who takes arms against the nation," Kuol Manyang noted.


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  • 13 May 2010 07:06, by Grader

    In less than 24 hours Athor have been talking mediation.
    SPLA is not a joke ...SPLA Oyee

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    • 13 May 2010 07:22, by Gatwech

      Bravo UN for peaceful initiative,

      However, Gen. George Athor’s talk about mediation and negotiation could simply be a clever tactic for international consumption in order to see him as somebody ready for peace.

      He could be planning something else as he brags of killing so many of SPLA soldiers and destroying their modern weapons and so on!

      An advice to GOSS and SPLA. The war you are fuelling like this with George Athor may get out of control soon.

      Please try to be serious in finding a quick and peaceful solution even if it means some officials losing their positions as he demanded. This will save lives and bring conducive atmosphere towards the conduct of referendum.

      What if Athor attacks Bor town any time? Will it not be too disasterous?

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      • 13 May 2010 08:46, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        To Gawech

        How important Athor is in south Sudan?,which need negotiation from UN as a Mediator,for me GOSS should not listen to Athor since he want to be the governor of Jongeli state by force.Person like Athor should be eliminated from surface of south Sudan Map.

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      • 13 May 2010 11:27, by Bill Dhieu Manyang

        Dear all,

        I think the UN initiative should be a welcoming idea for Peace sake if and only if Gen. Athor Deng is willing to negotiate.

        As we all know the contribution that Gen. Athor has done during the struggle, Southern Sudanese should forgive Athor and address the rout cause of his defection. Fighting him has nothing to give u but a waste of both recourse and in term of human and material while we are awaiting to fight another war due if the referendum fail.

        Such things do happens even at the family level but people will always look at the implication and the value of the person.

        To Mediators, those soldier loyal him should be given an amnesty without precondition and Gen. Athor himself be given an asylum as a way of resolving this issue.

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      • 14 May 2010 01:51, by Madior

        He better find a solution before it get rough. Athor wouldn’t attack Bor Town. this is escalated by murderer , these militias whose their lives depended on killing innoncence people.

        What will be a future of militia after 2011? will they join Khartoum government or will they remain in the bush as gangsters?

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    • 13 May 2010 07:38, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      I appreciate UNIMIS for their step to negotiate peace between Gen Athor and the Government of Southern Sudan.

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    • 13 May 2010 08:04, by black-hope

      Warning to those who are beating adrum of war, it sound good to said SPLA is not ajoke but it be ajoke if we are missing important people like Gen. Arthor Deng.It is better for us to seek peace b’se we got lesson on monday when spla force attack the force loyal to general Arthor which left 35 soldiers dead from spla side.For those people who demand the arrest of Athor like caretaker minister of legal affairs Makuei, whom do you expect to died while you are busy looting Goss money? Pliz all people are equal, you better accept negoitiation.

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      • 13 May 2010 18:14, by DeltaBravo

        Athor want to distroy our people as he did by attacting SPLA Base. he is stupid he just want puplicity How many Soldeirs he killed by his own greed. If he was Nuer that would be WorldWar three by now. Iam Dinka myself,but what he did is stupid.

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    • 13 May 2010 10:22, by Abyei

      yes grader

      SPLA is not a joke man. you see Athor was almost to be penetrated in to the bottle of chili gas and that is when he could have not repeat these again. Riek machar teny is not also interested in what athor is doing. so he is good to be with UN team together to solve the problem since he deserved spla lesson earlier when he rebeled against the spla

      in the other hand Kuol manyang did not fell like to fight this small black idoit newt who is trying to rebel.let him not sarenda before he see any dirty game


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    • 13 May 2010 11:26, by Riangnom

      Grader fool

      You must thank UN intervention of negotiations, capture of general Athor Deng Dut or kill him, it would be like fighting lion with your fists without weapons.

      Although I came across to have doubt on this website call Sudantribune editors I had post very strong comments three of them but they disappeared concerning the incidents on going between SPLA forces and general Athor Deng.

      Please do not deleted comments regardless whether they are not your interest.

      People who are trying to fueling violnces and reject negotiations will regret in the future, don’t ignore general Athor, it’s very easy for him to attack Bor town; he have huge supporters from Murle and he can use them to attack Bor uncertain, please watch out Athor Deng ’s case seemly too heavy and you have no an idea who is behind him. Negotiations is the only window to deal with, if Southern Sudanese really care for referendum.

      I am the gate to north south boredr

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    • 13 May 2010 11:58, by majak garang

      Just look to 2 shief of staff Matip his in there by means of guns .So Slave Kijr understand one thing gun .Mr Athur has aright to fight for what he belive in as his right .Dr Lam should take guns and fight the gangs?

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    • 13 May 2010 20:14, by Malakal


      General Athor is a cold coward and should not be consulted for negotiation. He need to be crushed and eventually will die persuing his ill-goal like many past traitos with exception of Traitor Riak and Lam. UN are bunch of war-mongers, they should not encourage primitive Generals like Athor by giving him legitimacy to negotiation for being foolishly selfish by not excepting loosing, and resorting to violent which is undermining the quest of South achieving its independent in few months. Shame on him and his primitive supporters.

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    • 13 May 2010 23:27, by Mr.C.D

      Gen. Athor vs. governor Kuol.
      Dinka Padang vs. Dinka Bor, good luck.
      Now there is no sleeping in Bor Town because of Gen. Athor.
      Tuic, Nyaweng, Hol and Nuer are not in Gen. Athor’s List, only Kuol Manyang and Makuei Lueth Bor

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      • 14 May 2010 05:14, by BORAnyidi

        TO MR.C.D
        DO not worry about us man. If Athor did not list down Bor twic and Bor nyarweng. it won’t bother us because we can not be defend on anybody in South Sudan. Bor Gok and Bor Athoc would always fight to protect themselves from anyone. Second to that, I wanted you to know that just drink your beer where ever you are, forget talking about Dinka’s Issues.

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    • 14 May 2010 01:42, by Jay

      What a waste of time with the pin-head!?

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  • 13 May 2010 07:11, by John Awan

    That is a good initiative on the part of UNMIS

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  • 13 May 2010 07:21, by Gat nyaraan

    that is good news UNIMIS thanks for the intervention. i mentioned that yesterday any institution whether local cheifs, elders, any government official who have a better negotiation skills Rather than kiir who fail miserably should be given a chance to try with Athor.i mentioned that if there is any regional or international organization which can intervene that will be good and now it seems what i hoped for have come to reality.

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  • 13 May 2010 07:46, by kalkada

    I wander what position will the GOSS offer to General Athor?

    I wander what the Goss would react, if General Athor wasn’t from (Dinka or Nuer)?

    is it a free pass for outlaw General Athor? because few weeks back he denied that he was involve in any rebillion. what actually is going on?

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  • 13 May 2010 07:57, by Gat nyaraan

    the fighting that occured in the dolib hills and subsequently in places like thoudiak, and coutier was unfortunate. that incident reveals many showcomings of leaders in the SPLM and GOSS.

    First of all it shows how kiir ’s leadership was very poor in settling local isues peacefully.general George Athor has talked at least three times to kiir to settle the dispute but only ended in failure. how come George Athor is a well general in the SPLA and am sure they he is as well a close associate of kiir during the war and thereafter how come he can’t convince him. poor Salva Kiir.

    during that incident a lot of beans was spilling a very where and the old rivalry between Athor and kuol from one hand and Gier Chuong was interjected.untill today ,athor is not comfortable and always in dispute with kuol and Chuong.

    the smartest and mastermind who refuse to be played was Dr. Machar. he was asked to go and convince George Athor to lay down arms. but Dr.Riek told those hyenas what will i give him(Athor) as an incentive? there was non. so he suggested another option instead of going alone he must go with KUol manyang , Gier chuong, Luka buong Deng, Lual Diing wol. what did the cowards said? they refuse to go.
    another dangerous development was when they asked general peter Gatdet Yaka to go and subdue Athor and bring to juba, but he refuse to go. i think he sensed to himself if jonglei want to mess up their home its their business let them deal with it. so they(the inside incompetent kiir boys) plotted to send him to Ethiopa for a military course, but he saw how manipulative that offer was so he didnt want to go. then they try to assassinate him this happen on may 9.

    when commander Gatdet was coming back from Bilpam he found some military unit near his house in juba and as soon as they saw him coming with his body guards they drop away cowardly without firing a bullet. that could have have been the downfall of the cowards.

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    • 13 May 2010 08:21, by Lokorai

      Great efforts by the immediate President of Southern Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar Teny; let Gaib Al Awel snores himself out of power. Shame unto Dinka!!!


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      • 13 May 2010 08:50, by Gat nyaraan


        Gaib Alawal!!!! you are so colorful and too sarcastic but i think what you said is true they try to solve the problems but can’t so they pushed the difficult problems to Dr. Riek to solve while they are sleeping and drinking.

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      • 13 May 2010 09:10, by Machingela gai


        Let Athor gets out of his hiding nest and face all the charges he has caused to his home tome, to Upper Nile State, to Jongkulei State, and to Southern government as well.
        Here are the Charges:
        1. The charge of arming untrained civilians to take up guns for unknown war.
        2. The charge for soldiers killed in the army camp when he attacked the camp at night.
        3. The charge of abusing democracy in Jongkulei after election.
        4. The charge of rebellion against Southern Government.
        5. And the charge against humanity in general.

        Count, count, count, count, and charge him for the mess he had stirred up.
        Nothing is going to be below those counted charges against him.
        And we don’t need many spoons to spoil the broth while not yet ready to be served. Let mediators not be best in negotiating his inlet to the maximum. Southern Government must do its best to make sure that any militia type like that is not happening again in their watch, in the region. One smart act is needed there now.

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  • 13 May 2010 09:13, by DASODIKO

    Historically the rebelions are known to start with one or two pieces of arm. Its better not to cover the fire with ash, Kiir must listen to this guy he might have a POINT. I am not supporting any cauous in South Sudan at this time!!!!!!!!!!! So what will this peace be called that is mediated by the UN? JPA Jongolei Peace Agreement"? gOD save Sudan from somalization.

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    • 13 May 2010 09:43, by Anyuathwakou

      What i would like to confirm is that those who are dead for Athor, after they have arrived to Heaven and God will ask them why they are died for? What will be their answer? they are depending what? they died for Athor or for South Sudan?
      To bring what to Athor? They very very foolish enough.

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      • 13 May 2010 10:33, by wang

        Wow, Minister of legal affairs and constitution development Makuei Lueth doesn’t wants to cooperate with his fellow Dinka mate George Athor. What a smart game is that Dinkas-Bor are playing? They started the mess and finally dragging others like Reik Macher to sorted out Their shits. What a shame is this? Not only that they hired this guy in that picture with glass on his ugly forehead and dress like a real UN official to do their dirty works. Sorry Bor! This disputes between your two sons (Kuol and Athor) doesn’t need the fuckd UN involvement, it is the matter that can be solved within Jongeli state.

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        • 13 May 2010 13:39, by Black tiger

          Warning to Dinka and their assumed leaders in Bor, remember General Athor is from Mighty Apadang community whos doesn,t fear whether, you are whit, black or short, tall regarless or status, they still deal with you accordingly.
          Dinka Bor, be mindful of your statements in media and internet, you have forgotten that, the very Athor whom you are making a lound sound was the one liberated you from Nuer in 1990s is the same Athor you wanted to kill now, NO!... you Dinka better opt for negotiation rather than military intervinention because war is beyond scoope, Dinka Bor can not afford to face Mighty Apadang.
          Dinka must stop mobizing the South Army for their problem, you can die your own death.....

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          • 13 May 2010 20:25, by Malakal

            Black Tiger;

            Write something meaningful, you are sounding like you are puking from your anus. It is been awhile now and your primitive General is still yet to be seen in Bor Town were he promised to be heading to many days ago. I do not like war but I think stupidity aught to be rewarded with stupidity, your primitive General need not to be negotiating with. He need to pay the price for being foolish, that’s all, and that is what is going to happen take my words.

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  • 13 May 2010 13:46, by Jupiter Maguangdit

    Dear readers,

    I sometimes hate to read this website because of those who behave like the people of the ’Stone Age’. This is not the time to support any wrong doer because he/she is my relative. Supporting George Athor, Kuol Manyang, Salva Kiir and their likes at this particular time is completely wrong.

    Salva and his political bureau were the first to commit the mistake during the selection of candidates. Kuol Manyang, Paul Malong, Taban Deng, Clement Wani and Nunu Kumba were not supposed to be reselected.

    My advice to those who still say SPLA Oyee is as follows:

    1) During the April elections, the SPLA behaved like a new Jallaba to the people of Southern Sudan and I want all of you and your Gen. Kiir to look into this.

    2) Kiir should immediately dismiss all his advisers and security agents in all ten states because they do not report the facts to their chief about malpractices being done by the state governors and government officials partly because they are involved and party because they are bribed by those corrupt leaders.

    3) Kiir should also remove Pagan Amum, Kuol Deim, and Yen Mathew from their current positions because the way they talk is premature. By doing this, Kiir will save the people of the south from the disaster of fire that is fueled by the tongues of these guys.

    Regarding Athor’s rebellion, let the SPLM leadership handle it with wisdom and not by the use of force as some of you have already supported using the killing slogan of SPLA Oyee.

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  • 13 May 2010 13:46, by Brooke Obe

    All these talks of negotiations would be unnecessary were the SPLM to allow open, free and fair election to take place. But some people in the PB did not want their ego to be challenged by the independent but popular candidates like Gen Athor. Southerners are now paying with their own blood for the arrogance of these SPLM officialdom. It is self-inflicted pain by the SPLM; it is learning time. I repeat, those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it: Mr John Akec put it elsewhere very plainly to the SPLM leadership. To avoid even more Athors in future, the SPLM should embark on reconciliation with the aggrieved independent candidates who are many. If they do not heed these advice given in this forum, because they are full of hubris, then the future of the South in the hands of the bungling SPLM is bleak indeed. The American Congress today predicted a genocide in South Sudan after the referendum. With Athor lurking in the bush, and many more to follow, this is not an idle talk.

    May God bless Southern Sudanese.

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    • 13 May 2010 14:24, by Black tiger


      Let those leaders from Dinka Bor know that, whoever declaring a war against General Athor is equally declaring same war against Apadang community
      Too, let Dinka Bor and their leaders know that once germs get inside the body, they spread quickly, your attempts to destroy them often make them stronger and harder to penetrate in other parts of the body, the best defense is the prevention, anticipate the attack and inoculate yourself against it, therefore, Dinka Bor attempt to use military intervention is digging once,s grave, they should not play with fire

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      • 13 May 2010 23:17, by Mr.C.D

        That is true Mr. Black Tiger, Bor cause a problem and call for a government intervention. The government is for everybody, but the war is only between Kuol and Athor, but now it is transforming to Dinka-Bor vs. Dinka Padang. Iam call my brothers Padang people not to go and fight Gen Athor and want them to join Gen. Athor and face Bor-Dinka.

        Makuei Lueth is talking shit that no negotiation with Athor Deng, while his mother was fucked by Nuer-Riek Machar and his sister was rapped by Nuer why Dr. John Garang negotiated with them

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  • 13 May 2010 14:22, by Gatluak Latjor

    George Athor has entered into the black book of southern sudan-The book that lists all those southern sudanese who became blockage(traitors) at times Southern sudanese are about to succeed and move forward in unity.

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    • 13 May 2010 14:36, by Black tiger


      what is that black book are you talking about?, who are those people in your black book?
      if I assume your black book what does it mean, then it about those who turned against SPLM and Dinka Bor.
      For your information, if there is black book as you put it then, let it start with:
      Dr. Reik, Matip, Bol Kong, Dr. Lam, Wani Konga, Alfred gore, and kiir who attempted to sail in the same boat as Athor in 2004.
      so your so called Black book is weak ideology and old school say.

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      • 13 May 2010 17:33, by king

        That is sound better because it generate gleams of hope since the SPLM/A or government of South Sudan is not cable to handle their mess the created. Nobody here want more bloodshed from those poor SPLA soldiers.

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  • 13 May 2010 23:21, by Mr.C.D

    All Padang people should stand with their brother Gen Athor Deng because Makuei Lueth fuckin Bor is refused to negotiated with Athor. Now it is Bor vs Padang war.

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    • 14 May 2010 03:01, by DeltaBravo

      This is not between Bor and Padang please stop this stupidity. we lost soldeirs from all Southern Tribes.

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