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S. Sudan signs peace deal with armed faction in W. Equatoria

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November 17, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan government announced the signing of a preliminary peace deal with two separate armed groups in Western Equatoria state, raising hopes of an end to hostilities between local youth and the army in the area.

Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kusala of Tombura-Yambio diocese mediated the peace talks (ST)

A group calling itself South Sudan National Liberation Movement (SSNLM) announced Monday that it had ceased hostilities with the government and accepted to sign a peace mediated by religious leaders in Gangura payam, Yambio county of Western Equatoria in the presence of the chief mediator Edward Hiboro, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Tombura Yambio Diocese.

A host of other players, including official from the civil affairs division of the United Nations mission in South Sudan played key roles in negotiations.

The South Sudanese government was represented by Victor Edward Danda, a member of the Council of States in Juba and Daniel Nimeri from South Sudan’s national security services at the signing of the agreement.

The armed group, which mainly comprised of youth, fought against South Sudan government troops, accusing the latter of allegedly lacking equality, human right abuses and committing atrocities with impunity in the state.

Bishop Hiboro said the signing of preliminary deal as a millstone towards reaching a comprehensive peace accord between the group comprising of vigilant youth and the Juba government to end hostilities in the state.

“This is a millstone today to see that the two parties from the government and South Sudan National Liberation Movement have signed a preliminary peace agreement to end the suffering of the citizens of Western Equatoria state,” he said.

The cleric congratulated the youth and government for the bold decision taken by choosing peace and not war to promote stability in the country.

Victor Wanga, a commanding officer of the SSNLM who signed the agreement on behalf of the armed group said they did not pick up arms and entered the bush to fight the government but simply wanted to raise alarm so that those in power can listen to their grievances and address them.

“We did not leave our homes to enter the bush to fight the government but to draw the attention of the government to listen to our complaints and we are not fighting any tribe”, said Wanga during the signing of the agreement.

The ex-rebel official urged the government to listen to aggrieved youth and citizens in the country than ignoring and acting contrary to the will of the people, warning that this may increase hostility and suffering of innocent people.

He further urged the communities in Western Equatoria state to return to their farms for cultivation and asked the government to hold responsible those who will continue to create insecurity with name of arrow boys.

"They [arrow boys] don’t want war but peace and will continue to be in the bush until final peace is signed and security arrangement done for their safety”, said Wanga.

Meanwhile the government representatives said they heard all the youth’s grievances and would forward them for further review and considerations.

(ST)

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  • 18 November 2015 06:59, by Son of Ngundeng

    Good morning yaa balaad jinub.

    Nyam Nyam dagaz(Equatorian deceived) those gangs of Dinka thieves they knew the arrows boys are very tough does why they brought their fake peace to you, yaa Nyam nyam you are going again to be killed like it happened before they need only to calm down due to your toughness.

    Son of Prophet
    New location front line.

    • 18 November 2015 08:27, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Let there be peace,otherwise south Sudan soon will be like somalia if the two tribes want to be they are the rural only than other tribes.If guns can bring other on power we will try it Yua Yua get his through guns

    • 18 November 2015 09:07, by Redeemer

      Son of Ngundeng
      Riek signed peace with Kiir, why you did not say Nuer Dagaz. your intention of trying hard to destroy this country for the sake of presidency seat is now clear to all SSudanese

      • 18 November 2015 09:19, by Redeemer

        But Bakasoro use to deny that no rebellion in his state, the minister of information was actually the spoke person of Arrow boys rebels

      • 18 November 2015 10:04, by Son of Ngundeng

        Redeemer.
        We are not a rebel only dinka call us rebel, but the world recognize us we are the government, we have an embassy in Khartoum, we have an embassy in china, we have an embassy in Qatar, we have an embassy in Ethiopia, Uganda kenya, How do you will call an organize movement with his full and strong army rebel if you are not confusing the south Sudanese tribes?
        Make sure we are coming.

        • 18 November 2015 12:57, by Augustino

          Redeemer, With all fake Nuer embassies where is your Nuer Parliament, it is a Nuer government, why Riek is coming as normal vice president to Dinka, why is he always been bought back by Dr James Wani Igaa with a position, please Western Equatorian people are God lovers, are peace lovers and nationalist from Day one in South Sudan. Thanks them for that peace deals. open minded person loves peace.

        • 18 November 2015 14:05, by Khent

          Son of Ngundeng

          There is no government on earth that recognises Riek’s rebel faction as the legitimate government of South Sudan. You don’t have any recognised embassy anywhere on this planet. Only governments have embassies. You may offices in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda but none of these governments recognise you as the government. Stop being delusional.

  • 18 November 2015 11:49, by Gabriel Ajak

    Son of devil are u coming with what? U went out naked n come back naked no change.

    • 18 November 2015 13:36, by Redeemer

      Son of Ngundeng
      English says it is impossible to teach an old dog new tricks, don’t decisive yourself that the people you are with on this forum are of your capacity. Those offices are not called embassies. For English sake don’t embarrass us, but I know Riek is the one telling you that he opened embassies. He is an embarrassing Dr.

      • 18 November 2015 14:02, by Redeemer

        I clearly mentioned last time that Riek claim even the accidents to be carried out by his forces, look at the way he has been denied

    • 18 November 2015 14:10, by Son of Ngundeng

      Gabriel Aguech.!!!
      if we went out necked why in our absent your economic of your useless government of thieves dinka rocket up?
      When we were in Juba 100$ is 375ssp and now its about 2100ssp is you guys who remain necked in Juba.

      Son of prophet
      new location front line.

      • 18 November 2015 21:36, by Wani khooto

        Son of NGUNDENG
        you are now like your brother MIDIT who used to support war and tribalism division in south sudan but thank God he is quite after the were defeated in all frontline.you are in western country yet you support south sudan to be like Somalia,that why God is teaching you Nuer a big lesson,can u have a minute to reason how Nuer are surrendering and suffering in this war.your fool DR

      • 18 November 2015 21:43, by Wani khooto

        SON OF NGUNDENG.
        out of war what will you gain, if this group decided to end the suffering of their community that is right but with Nuer mind that is bad.i hope you come to the field and see how Nuer are really suffering while u and your Machar enjoy good hotel outside of the country.even Dr Garang used to be in front-line with p,ple yet u think Machar can be a good leader for the country.stop



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