The Citizen (Juba)

23 December 2011

South Sudan: Jonglei Governor Tells Communities to Embrace Peace During Christmas

Juba — The Governor of Jonglei State Kuol Manyang Juuk yesterday called upon the Communities of Jonglei State to embrace peace as their pillar during Christmas and beyond.

Juuk who was speaking at the National Parliament said that he visited Juba to brief the National Government and the Members of Parliament (MPs) about the security situation in Jonglei which he described as "normal" at the moment.

He said that the allegations about the movement of Lou Nuer Community to attack Murle community did not happen but Lou Nuer Youth were within their territory to defend their area from any attack.

The Governor stated that the government and the United Nations are taking measures to ensure peace prevail in Jonglei State adding that a peace conference that would be inclusive for all the Communities in Jonglei would be done in January next year.

He appeals to Jonglei Communities to work for peace and start New Year with Unity and prosperity.

Concerning the death of George Athor, the Governor distanced himself and said Athor rebelled and died because he lost the gubernatorial seat which they were competing for but said that since Athor was killed in Morobo County in Central Equatoria State he (Athor) was having a hidden agenda against the Nation not Jonglei State.

He said elimination of George Athor was another way of bringing peace to Jonglei because he was involved in supplying guns to the hostile communities.

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