S. Sudanese rebel leader Yau Yau arrives in Juba

Leader of the rebel South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A) David Yau Yau arrived in Juba on Tuesday.

S. Sudanese rebel leader Yau Yau arrives in Juba

World Bulletin/News Desk

Yau Yau flew from Pibor in the eastern oil-rich Jonglei State aboard a UN helicopter, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter at Juba International Airport.

The rebel leader was welcomed at the airport by Bishop Paride Taban, who is leading negotiations between Yau Yau and the South Sudanese government.

Presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny told AA Monday that Yau Yau would meet with President Salva Kiir.

He will also go to the Council of States, which is expected to endorse an agreement signed earlier this month in Addis Ababa between the SSDM/A and the government to end a four-year rebellion in Jonglei.

Under the terms of the agreement, the rebel group will lay down its arms in exchange for greater regional autonomy in the oil-rich state.

The agreement calls for the establishment of a special territorial administration – the Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) – that will consist of Jonglei's Pibor and Pochalla counties.

The establishment of the semi-autonomous GPAA has been a longstanding demand of Yau Yau, who has led a rebellion against Juba since losing provincial elections in 2010.

A former theology student, Yau Yau hails from the Pibor-based Murle tribe.

He accepted a government amnesty in 2011, eventually returning to Juba where he was promoted to the rank of general in the Sudan People's Liberation Army.

But in 2012, Yau Yau returned to the bush, reiterating demands for an independent state in Jonglei in return for ending his rebellion.

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