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Machar calls on South Sudan rebels to lay down their arms

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December 25, 2011 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s Vice President Riek Machar Teny has called on all rebel groups in the newly established state to lay down their arms and help the development of their country.

Vice President of South Sudan, Riek Machar.

Machar appealed to the rebels during Christmas Day celebrations on Sunday at the Nuer speaking congregation of the Presbyterian Church in the capital, Juba, attended by nearly four thousand members.

South Sudan’s government is fighting a number of rebel groups mainly in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity states. Last Monday the leader of the Jonglei based South Sudan Democratic Movement, George Athor Deng, was killed in Morobo county of Central Equatoria state. Last month, a rebel leader and former chairman of the United Democratic Front party, Peter Abdel Rahaman Sule, was captured in the bush while trying to establish a rebellion in Western Equatoria state.

Machar said South Sudan had achieved its independence, which was the main cause for rebellious wars in the region and that the next phase is to develop the nation and address issues through the power of the people in the already provided democratic space.

The Vice President’s Press Secretary, James Gatdet Dak, said that the government was committed to peace, adding that a deal had been reached with George Athor’s rebel movement in November in Nairobi, Kenya, prior to his demise this week.

The secret deal with Juba, gave Athor’s group a number of advisory positions in the national government and in the two states of Jonglei and Upper Nile and two ambassadorial positions. Also some 5,000 of his fighters will be reintegrated in the army.

However, Athor later denounced the deal and asked that a transitional government be formed to organise fresh general elections. Athor began his rebellion after he failed to win the gubernatorial election in Jonglei in April 2010.

He also demanded financial compensation for the inhabitants of the area where his group is based.

Machar further appealed to Athor’s followers to heed to the amnesty declared by President Salva Kiir Mayardit since 9 July this year and commit themselves to the agreement.

He also appealed to the other smaller rebel groups in Upper Nile and Unity states to abandon rebellion and join peace and development in "an independent South Sudan."

He also called on the fighting communities in Jonglei state to stop the violence and focus on the development and provision of basic services in their areas.

The Minister of Justice, John Luk Jok, and the Chief of General Staff of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), Gen. James Hoth Mai, who were also at the occasion echoed the call for peace and reconciliation in the region.

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  • 26 December 2011 08:31, by Snipper

    Leaders should be sensitizing people like that about the importance of peace and development rather than indulging into tribal debates and greed! Although that church service looks unique!

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    • 26 December 2011 09:06, by Gueth Bidok

      Dr. Riek Machar, spla and rebel need to be mediated by anyone if you guys don’t want negotiation. Peace in Southern Sudan is what you, the leader, should focus on the most.

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      • 27 December 2011 01:16, by George Bol

        Dear SPLM/A,

        The Nuer militia previously under late General Athor and Tanginyang are reported to staged a tribal war against tiny Murle. I think this was the intention that Riek Machar mumble week ago that Lou Nuer and Dinka are wishing to attack Murle. The SPLA must respond to these militia. We can not watch Murle to be murdered by thieves and militia that have no motif. SPLA must attack now.

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        • 27 December 2011 17:59, by SSLA/M Supporter

          George Bol

          what are you going to gain from pitting Nuer and Murle tribes against each others! Are you really not out of your mind? please stop this dangerous game of yours! Nuer is a faithful tribe, it doesn’t like to bully small tribes that is why Anyuak and Murle are still enjoying their freedom till now in the Greater Upper Nile Region! Please stop spreading lies about Nuer! Stop ur nonsenses!

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          • 27 December 2011 18:12, by SSLA/M Supporter

            Plus how can SPLA/M attack when the militia is in the verge of extinction from SAF that is working their asses out day and night in falsh points in SB, SK and the occupied Abyei region! SSLA and SSDA are aslo redeucing their numbers plus diseases and starvation! So, where are going to get the army from? Don’t forget also that Nuer has a good number of soldiers in the SPLA militia, so you failed!

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    • 26 December 2011 09:09, by Mi diit

      Wow! To me that agreement looks very good for George Athor’s group. I strongly recommend to them to start implementing it with the government.

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      • 27 December 2011 18:30, by SSLA/M Supporter

        Nuer Puppets such as Reik Machar, Matip Nhial, Hoth Mai, John Luk Jock and John Kong Nyoun should be embarrassed of themselves by allowing themselves to be used by the government of Kiir that doesn’t appreciate their participations! They will be the first to be killed in cross fire when we topple that corrupted regime of SPLA/M mafia!

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  • 26 December 2011 12:16, by Deng II

    It is pains in the ass like hemorhiod when your lands is taken by forces. fighting South Sudan rebells is not a big blow deal than your lands being taken by foriegners. As I said before in other comments I made, some can die and some can live while you have your lands. Lost the lands is some time associated extiction of species.

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    • 26 December 2011 17:58, by Mi diit

      Deng II,

      Take it easy. I know the lands taken in heglig and Abyeiby Arabs are both Dinka lands. We are all together to bring them back. But that doesn’t warrant your unwelcome statements above.

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