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    South Sudan Ex-Rebels Join Army After Presidential Amnesty

    South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has released a series of decrees ordering that rebels who have accepted an amnesty offer be integrated into the  army.South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has released a series of decrees ordering that rebels who have accepted an amnesty offer be integrated into the army.
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    South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has released a series of decrees ordering that rebels who have accepted an amnesty offer be integrated into the  army.
    South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has released a series of decrees ordering that rebels who have accepted an amnesty offer be integrated into the army.
    Lucy Poni
    South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has issued a series of presidential decrees calling for former rebel fighters who have accepted the government's amnesty offer to be integrated into the army.

    "They are now being integrated into our armed forces and other security organs, and some will go to the civil service," Kiir said at the Governors' Forum in Juba this week.

    The Geneva-based Small Arms Survey has credited Kiir’s amnesty offers with decreasing the number of insurgencies in the country, noting that five out of 18 rebel groups accepted Kiir's offer in 2012, and eight more were considering it.

    Fighters from three rebels groups who laid down their arms earlier this year have already been integrated into the SPLA, and soldiers who fought for two more rebel leaders, Bapiny Monytuil and Johnson Olony, who accepted separate offers of amnesty made by Kiir in April and July, are in the process of being integrated into the army, SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer said.

    Up to 3,000 former rebels are expected to join the army, Aguer said.

    The last major holdout is rebel leader David Yau Yau, but a church leader who is involved in negotiations with him said the rebel leader, who told Voice of America in May that he was fighting for a separate state for the Murle ethnic group and others who he said were deprived of their rights, has not clashed with government forces in the past few months.

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    by: simpson lok from: south sudan
    December 11, 2013 2:41 PM
    David was total wrong because he can't fight because of separate state duet to any is solved via on talk but not for fight please. How many citizens he lost in wars of their years with out any clear statement about the state he mentioned.

    by: Achiek Adhum from: Va USA
    November 29, 2013 8:18 AM
    Mr. President's amnesty will create several inner conflicts between the military high rank officers from both sides. SPLA high ranks will be forced against their wills to share their positions with the surrendered rebels high ranks and I'm sure that will create new rebel groups within the government.

    by: Atiop Deng from: USA
    November 28, 2013 8:13 AM
    Kiir amnesty is a good idea, but our people need to know somethings. Rebel against your owned government to get positions is not the solutions. President Kiir also need to know that his amnesty will always make others people to rebel Against his knowing that there will be amnesty. And that is bad for people of South Sudan period.

    by: shemali from: malakal
    November 27, 2013 11:20 PM
    confused mind is always being confused by cleverers idiots who claims to fight for democracy and equality

    by: kudior malolo from: kiir-s.sudan
    November 27, 2013 7:09 AM
    It is avery good move for our government to call the rebells to join in as one sole with thier big ranks with no querry, but am worry because it will be another source and tactic to get rank and then you respond government's amnersty positively which could not be the case in National and transformed Army.

    by: William from: Gogrial east
    November 27, 2013 4:17 AM
    Yau yau should restraint himself from all act of violence and pursue the peaceful mean.

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