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March 7, 2012 (BOR) – The leader for one of South Sudan’s rebel groups, Peter Chol Kuol Awan, arrived in Juba on Tuesday less than a week after the government announced it had reached a peace deal with his South Sudan Democratic Movement (SSDM).

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Former South Sudan rebel chief George Athor Deng (R) speaks during a press conference in Nairobi on November 20, 2011, before his death (Getty)

Awan, replaced the late Gen. George Athor in January 2012 after the founder of the movement was killed by South Sudan’s army (SPLA) in December. However, when the peace deal was announced some elements of SSDM refused to recognise the agreement and vowed to fight on claiming that Awan had already defected from the SSDM when he signed the deal with Juba.

“We have not signed any agreement with anybody. What the minister of information in the government has said is not correct,” announced John Olony on Wednesday 29 February, claiming to be the new leader of the rebel group.

But Awan told South Sudan TV Tuesday evening that he remains the legitimate leader of the movement as he was elected by the SSDM’s council following Athor’s death two months ago.

“There is only one leader and that is me. I have come and the rest will accept the peace,” Awan told SSTV. He said that the SSDM’s "aims include working to embrace peace for our people."

The SSDM insurgency in Upper Nile and Unity State have worsened the humanitarian situation in South Sudan and thwarted development attempts the government claim.

Athor formed the SSDM after losing gubernatorial elections in April 2010. He claimed they were rigged in favor of the incumbent, Kuol Manyang Juuk, who was the candidate endorsed by South Sudan’s ruling party - the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). The government has dismissed the allegation describing it as cover for a Khartoum backed rebellion aimed at derailing South Sudan’s independence.

As part of a 2005 peace deal South Sudan voted overwhelmingly to secede from Sudan in January 2011, with independence declared in July last year. Despite the split, the two countries continue to accuse the other of backing rebellions in each others territory. Both Juba and Khartoum deny the allegations.

Athor died on December 19, 2011 in Marobo county of Central Equatoria State after what the government said was a cross-fire with between his forces and South Sudan’s patrol forces there. However, the SSDM claim Uganda was involved in his death as he had travelled there and disappeared shortly before his death. Juba and Kampala deny this.

Since January over 100 SSDM soldiers have joined the South Sudanese army (SPLA), officials say.

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ST - Juba signs deal with rebel group of the late George Athor

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  • 8 March 2012 07:37, by omoni jr.

    Since he surrendered by himself,please put him under house arrest for six months.

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    • 8 March 2012 07:53, by mayom maboung marek

      No need to arrest him again man, forgiveness and reconciliation may do help for us.

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      • 8 March 2012 09:35, by Mi diit

        Give the rebel leader Chol Kuol Awan amnesty like Abdel Bagi Ayii, late George Athor, Peter Gatdet and Gabriel Tanginya. Olony and others should also surrender himself to qualify for the amnesty. Stop the rebellion.

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      • 9 March 2012 13:39, by South Dengjok

        DEATH AND CURSE TO HIM.i don,t see any thing that can let the brother of Omar Bashiir(Arab)not to be kill other wise put him behind the bar for de entire life if not leave him and mind u that thousand of rebells will come up and disturb the country as they know that they alway rebolt and they come back for free with out and inverstigation or facing the court more over if the goverment will not do so to him ,let the goverment compensate all the people who kill by them.
        and thank his DRATH VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!(Heavy Rainfall)

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    • 9 March 2012 03:39, by SeekingTruth

      ALL WE NEED RIGHT NOW IS PEACE TO PREVAIL AMONGST OUR PEOPLE AND MR KUOL HAS DONE THE RIGHT THING. BIG UP TO HIM! I WISH THE OTHERS COULD DO THE SAME.

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  • 8 March 2012 08:08, by John Juma DC

    Thanks Chol Kuol you show patriotic only we worry about your greediness which elapsed you from the SPLA with your death uncle. Alony should join Oliny in Shulluk land and we are ready to him not to blame the Kuol for signing deal with the government. to hell with him like Athor if he insist again

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    • 8 March 2012 18:51, by panom lualbil

      Thank you very much my brother chol kuol awan for joining ur ppl. It’s not that a good ideal to take arm against ur own blood or being kill in wrong o spoils ur ppl reputation only for ur own interest. But for ur flip-floped, you’ll be forgiven like those of gatdit, gatluak, banybith and so on.

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  • 8 March 2012 09:03, by michael Nhomlau

    My advise goes to SPLM/SPLA leadership, they should not allow those rebel leaders to be integrate into SPLA with their ranks they came with, if they rebelled when they were Captains, they should go back to those ranks, otherwise leaving them with their ranks they came with, from the bush will encourage more rebellion. shameless people like Chol should not remains with those ranks.

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    • 9 March 2012 05:38, by Domanic

      michael Nhomlau
      your decision of not intergrating these rebels to SPLA’s army with their ranks is wrong. how many rebels that intergrated with their ranks starting from the current Vice president. I can comment that Kuol and his officers has a rights to claim a high position in the government like the others who came back after the destroyed and kills people. 95% of Nuer leaders were rebels.

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  • 8 March 2012 10:04, by Don P

    @ SudanTribune
    It would be helpful if you shed light on the new deal signed. Does he maintain his ranks, what were the pre conditions? Do we always have to read headlines here an go looking for details on other websites?

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  • 8 March 2012 10:21, by LOJUBA

    we ar tired of such GAMES and is only 2 Tribes playing and most of it because of FOOD and V8 Car.

    If they want to forget this REBELS also they have to do same to other rebels like Peter Abdurahman Sule who really didn’t cause alot of Damage to south sudan Than SSDM

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    • 8 March 2012 11:03, by viper

      LOJUBA Your uncle Peter Abdelrhaman Sule was caught in the field and those SSDM have surrendered. This is the difference b/n their case and the case of your uncle. Sule has to be there like Tanginya who was caught in active field.the have to face justice first

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      • 8 March 2012 13:38, by LOJUBA

        Viper, you really to your ugly name, is it a southerner’s name?? the case is not that peter was caught or Surrender but the issue here is , Mr. President issue a general forgiveness , is that not for Peter ? is it because he is a BARI ? If so we know how to deal with such situation bro.
        Wani Igga you will be betray like you brothers, it is time for you to come back of leave DINKA Office.

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        • 8 March 2012 17:16, by viper

          LOJUBA, SEE HOW SHALLOW MINDED YOU ARE, AMNESTY WAS GIVEN TO THOSE WHO WERE CARRYING AKM47S IN THE BUSH UNLIKE YOUR UNCLE WHO REBELLED AFTER REALIZING THAT HE WAS NOT APPOINTED A MINISTER IN THE GOVERNMENT, HE HAS TO FACE JUSTICE FIRST. CONCERNING THE FREEDOM FIGHTER IGGA, HE IS THE ONLY WISE BARI AND HAS TO STAY IN HIS POSITION FOR EVER WHETHER YOU LI

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      • 8 March 2012 17:51, by morogot batal

        LOJUBA

        this is how these people play their games...viper has right to say it out because of our stupid mind that used to following the path that is a trap to us ...how many times that those people rebel out of the system and who asked them ?in 1991,mamur was arrested in nyori with unknown reasons and at the end the person arrested mamur splited out and came back without an

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      • 8 March 2012 17:57, by morogot batal

        accountability...again mamur was arrested of corruption and other charges that baseless and at the end the betrayer of mamur is now found to be the most corrupted people in the same movement...the question is..why the laws of SPLM always targeting equatoria ?the only answer from equatoria side is to withdraw from spla/m and see another alternatives

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        • 8 March 2012 18:08, by morogot batal

          SSDM

          good move,just come and rest a bit,you will have too many supporters very soon as the result of attrocity segregation that is positive in SPLM system..what will they say to the citizens of their corruption ?how will they convince the people to vote for them in the coming election ?the answer is one over the two...bringing back the money they have looted and apologise or al the criminals must

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        • 8 March 2012 19:53, by viper

          MOROGOT BATAL, ARE YOU SERIOUS? WILL YOU BE ABLE TO CONVINCE KOSTI MANIBE, MAGAYA, MAMUR THAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, AND THE REST TO LEAVE THE SPLA/M? LEAVE ALONE THE GREAT IGGA. YOU ARE DREAMING, AND ONCE YOU DO THAT LEAVE SS AND GO TO EAST AFRICA. NO COMPROMISE THIS TIME MY FRIEND

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        • 9 March 2012 02:14, by panom lualbil

          morogot, I think it’s fair for mamur as he live today than those killed for no reasons. In 1986,deng atem bot-dinka at bilpam recruiting fielt was accused by executive’s wife that she was rapped by him. But b4 investigation to take place,the guy was immediately shot 2death in parade. But fact was she was lying because Deng has toxtured her brother extremely bad as part of military discipline

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  • 8 March 2012 10:54, by Chok Deng

    Welcome Peter Chol,but,but but,let it be the first and the last because Southerners are tired of useless and visionless revolution which end in nothing but killing of innoncent people.

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  • 8 March 2012 10:55, by viper

    Since SSDM has signed an unconditional agreement with ROSS, he has to be either integrated as PVT in the SPLA or go back to his own village. His followers should be given (12) twelve month military training so that they forget the ideology of tribal army and then be integrated into the SPLA as PVTS also under observation.

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    • 8 March 2012 11:28, by Robot

      It was really embarrassing when i saw this man speaks in SSTV, by the way Athor was a great man during the struggle but his madness brought him all the shortcomings, it is a vision less movement which kills its own civilians, and then talk of peace? where?, it was very rhetoric.

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  • 8 March 2012 11:55, by Longa

    This is an excellent move by SSDM. Let us show to our neighbors that we can do our homework as people and as a nation. We shall continue proving some people wrong on their assumptions. Let’s stick together. All we do is hardwork, respect of each other, rule of law, good governance, accoutability and transperancy.

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  • 8 March 2012 20:26, by Don P

    Holy tribal era!!! you people will never stop the hate. Do you know that when you post a comment it will be read by other innocent South Sudanese only trying to read news about their country?........ ok if you do, why spread tribalism?

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    • 8 March 2012 23:45, by Kurnyel

      Welcome back home,Peter Chol Kuol Awan, Dr Riek Machar did the same killing raps and betrayal of south Sudan but now he is enjoying his life than any real SPLA soldiers. Death to Riak Machar. He is the source of all problem.

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  • 9 March 2012 03:41, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Business as usual. One comes in to get a position and the other assume resistent position in order to negotiate for a higher position. When will this game end in South South? This is really pathetic. My Nuer people introduce this dangerous game to our South Sudanese.

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    • 9 March 2012 07:45, by Otong

      To: Daniel
      That rebel is not Nuer, let useles Dinka whose aims are to eat claim for food and Nuer claim for victory over Dinka.

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  • 9 March 2012 03:42, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Thank You Kuol Chol Awan for bring those boys home. This time we have to works together and see who doing what in southern sudan. we need to watches those people this time who is threatening our people. If anything happen again will be all of us not one section of Korfulus. We need Pulus to be return to Upper Nile to easy the problem in Junglei state. who killed Athor will not age in south sudan

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