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US government asks for voluntary disarmament in Jonglei

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March 7, 2012 (BOR) - The United States Ambassador to South Sudan, Susan Page, said the American government is supporting voluntary disarmament in Jonglei state, which saw massive displacement of people in December and January as rival tribes attacked each others territories.

A massive disarmament campaign is due to begin 15 March according to the UN, although there are some reports that the process has already started. South Sudan’s government as warned that force will be used if arms are not handed over voluntarily.

“We are working on conflict mitigation side. We are encouraging the government to conduct voluntary disarmament”, said Ambassador Page on a visit to Bor on Wednesday.

Page visited, Bor, the capital of Jonglei in December last year, to see the extent of the humanitarian situation in the conflict affected zones. The UN estimate that over 120,000 people were affected by raids and counter raids either side of New Year.

Page also pledged that her government will continue running US supported projects in agriculture, education among others to help people in the area. She also assured state officials that the US would continue supporting road construction on a “small scale”. Jonglei has a notoriously poor road network, which has not improved significantly since the the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005.

CONFLICT MITIGATION PLAN RELEASED IN JONGLEI

Jonglei state launched a security plan including prevention and response mechanisms to address conflict issues affecting the communities, on Wednesday, 29 February according to the minister of law enforcement, Duop Lam.

The Jonglei state conflict mitigation stabilization initiative was launched on Tuesday, February 28, in a rally that was attended by the County Commissioners, chiefs and the local administrators.

Lam said the root causes of conflicts in Jonglei were: possession of illegal arms, water disputes, cattle raiding, lack of rule of law, and child abductions among others.

South Sudan is awash with small arms as a consequence of decades of civil war. Cattle raiding, which has always been common, has become more deadly in recent years with the increased use of automated weapons.

Well over a thousand members of the Luo Nuer and Murle ethnic groups have been killed over the last eight months in raids and counter raids.

“The document will address some of the challenges facing the law enforcement agencies and even rule of law sector”, said Lam.

He also said the document addressed how disputes during disarmament will be handled. Previous state-wide disarmament campaigns have not been successful as some groups do not perceive the South Sudanese army (SPLA) as a neutral body and fear that other tribes will not be as thoroughly disarmed leaving them vulnerable to attack.

The new Jonglei security plan was also supported by US who will help in its implementation, Lam said.

According to Lam, post-disarmament violence is also addressed in the plan. He said that the minister of justice in the national government is ready to deploy legal councilors and judges to the counties to deal with any issues of violence during the disarmament.

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  • 8 March 2012 07:12, by NGAANGOLTIIN

    Do you know why Nuer and Dinka SPLA militias carried out genocide in Pibor? It was because of the abusive sellective disarmament of the Murle People planned by Kiir and Kuol Juuk. It was well planned. During the disarmament in Pibor, thousands of Murle cattle was looted, Murle children abducted, many Murle were murdered, women raped. That is what they want to repeat now

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  • 8 March 2012 07:15, by Madina Tonj

    Problem Solving.

    I think the RSS to be specifically on how to solve abduction which both Murle and Nuer use. There has to be a clear message telling Murle community and their representative in all leves to make sure they must obeying the rule of law.In one nation you can not and will not own same citizen this is a very high crime and they need to be remind same thing Nuers have been involved loot

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    • 8 March 2012 07:36, by Ruach

      @ Madina Toung.You are blind man who has no information about Murle or Nuer.Who started child abduction and eating human being?Go and confirm it from Gatluak Manguel(Your son).Well Jabaarin/Jebeni will never peacefully submit their guns,but will die and never win any war against Mighty DD3,Nyabiel and Baal(Lou-Nuer)

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      • 8 March 2012 09:40, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        The worst crime is faking it.

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  • 8 March 2012 10:03, by DirtyNzenge

    Sudan was created by Egyptians and British govts by force. Now that we the owners are in control we should disolve South Sudan and let each tribe govern its self like the time of pre-colonisation. Because some tribes like those in Jonglei and Warrap state are just too stupid, too violent to live in the same country with. Tribes of Equatoria Oyee!

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    • 10 March 2012 02:42, by Mayar

      you are really shallow minded. if you want a tribes to rule themself, sooner or later another Arab will come on rules your dumb ass again.

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