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South Sudan Archbishop pledges to meet rebel leader for peace talks

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April 12, 2013 (BOR) - South Sudan Archbishop, Daniel Deng Bull, has pledged to meet David Yauyau who is leading a rebellion in Jonglei state, to persuade the former pastor to peace negotiate with the government.

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Daniel Deng Bul Yak Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan & Bishop of Juba (Source: anglicancommunion.org/)

Deng, who chairs the South Sudanese president’s Jonglei peace committee, was speaking during the closing of a women’s peace conference in Bor on Wednesday.

“I am ready to talk to Yauyau if I know where he is. It pains me when I see our people killing themselves”, said Deng while addressing more than 100 women at the meeting in Bor.

Close to 400 women in both Jonglei state and South Sudan government converged, from Monday to Wednesday, in Bor to discuss their roles in creating peace in their communities.

“I prefer settling our problems peacefully than to see people dying everyday”, he continued.

Archbishop worked hard in 2010 and 2011 to bring the late renegade George Athor and South Sudan government to resolve their disputes peacefully, although no significant result was seen before Athor’s death in December 2011.

From March to May 2012, Deng, through his committee, managed to bring all the chiefs representing the six tribes to the negotiating table in Bor to iron out their differences.

A peace deal was signed but after a short lull in the fighting cattle the problems have continued, despite a statewide disarmament campaign launched over a year ago.

Earlier this month South Sudanese army accused Yauyau’s rebels of carrying out an attack in on UN peacekeepers in the Gumuruk area of Pibor county. But Yauyau has denied involvement and said that he is ready for peace.

The insecurity has led to the displacement of thousands of people.

(ST)

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  • 13 April 2013 07:19, by trinitri

    good, but he will need a lot of divine support!

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    • 13 April 2013 09:28, by piborlover

      A Dinka person cannot conduct peace successfully.

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    • 13 April 2013 09:34, by piborlover

      when he was speaking to women in born did he speak to different categories of women base on 11 counties of jonglei state? you may find he could speaks to only Dinka bor.

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    • 13 April 2013 09:45, by ngadodo

      It’s would be too late to do that,because peace was propose last time but South Sudan regime rejected that.This time should South Sudan regime willrun away to seek refuges somewhere else because there was have secret done to wipe Murle out still in agenda from Evil Kuol Manyang. He was have ideas which Murle should seek refugee and stay out from South Sudanfor 40 years,we already knew that secret.

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  • 13 April 2013 10:01, by steven

    Every action that contributes to the stability and peace in the region is welcome.

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    • 13 April 2013 10:48, by Mou

      In good faith, Archbishop Deng should materialize his vision for Jonglei conflicts. It is my prayer that, SPLA and Yauyau factions understand the deepest concern inside Archbishop Deng. I would be part of this meeting should I happened to be invited into the team

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  • 13 April 2013 10:41, by wang

    David YY and has had murdered our innocents civilians in a cold-blood. He will be punished for his evils acts and bring all his supporters to face jails lifes in Bor.

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    • 13 April 2013 12:17, by ngadodo

      wang, what people you talk about every time you post comment? David YauYau he didn’t went to Nuer or Dinkas land he act in self Defended, I don’t thinking it’s good reason to rise always you may be stupid human being.

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  • 14 April 2013 00:23, by Ito

    Your grace Daniel Bull, How can we trust you to head this process as your previous activity with Athor led him to get killed. We need you and others involved to first Guarantee the life of those leaders in bush otherwise they cannot come out if their lives are at stake. Dr. Riek brought Gen. Tangyina to Juba for peace and after signing, he was put in jail upto now. What is going on. How can people

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  • 14 April 2013 00:24, by Ito

    trust you if you cannot guarantee their safety. Luring people to be killed is not a good way to go Bishop. I hope this will go right. God bless

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  • 14 April 2013 06:30, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Try your best Archbishop Deng. By the way, you plus Gov. Kuol, Majak Agoot, Thon Leek, Deng Dau, Abel Alier and others shouldn’t ignore your Dinka tribes of Jonglei State disputes.

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  • 14 April 2013 22:25, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Rev. Daniel Deng is the Arch Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Sudan(ECS) not the Arch Bishop of South Sudan. Sudantribune should know this.

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