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President Kiir’s 28 states are obstacle to peace in South Sudan: Troika


January 24, 2016 (JUBA) – A joint statement issued by the Troika member countries including the United States, United Kingdom and Norway, has blamed President Salva Kiir’s government for insisting on the 28 states it created outside the peace agreement, saying this has become an “obstacle to peace” in the young country.

The South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

The trio countries expressed what they called “deep concern” after the parties to the peace deal signed in August 2015 failed to form a transitional government of national unity (TGoNU) on 22 January as earlier scheduled due to the outstanding issues including fate of the 28 states.

“The Members of the Troika (United States, United Kingdom, and Norway) express their deep concern at delays in forming the Transitional Government of National Unity, which was due to be completed today [22 January],” reads the statement extended to Sudan Tribune from Washington.

“The Presidential Decree establishing 28 states has created an obstacle to consensus,” the statement observed.

It said the implementation of the other provisions of the peace agreement including reviving the economy and implementing critical reforms in the country depended on the formation of the transitional government.

The statement however fell short of calling on President Kiir’s government to reverse the decision on the 28 states as a violation of the peace agreement, but rather called it an obstacle which the parties could resolve.

“We urge all parties to make immediate efforts to resolve this impasse and to form the transitional government as soon as possible. It is time for leaders on all sides to put aside partisan bickering and prioritize the interests of the South Sudanese people,” Troika further urged.

Troika countries participated in the mediation and sponsoring of the two-year old peace talks between the parties including the government, the armed opposition led by former vice president, Riek Machar, former detainees led by Pagan Amum and other political parties and stakeholders in the country.

The peace agreement, directly mediated by the East African regional block, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), was signed based on the existing 10 states. However the government after signing the agreement unilaterally dismantled the 10 states and created new 28 states, saying it responded to the demand of the people.

The armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) and other opposition parties said they will not recognize the new 28 states and will abide by the peace agreement which has maintained 10 states.

President Kiir in his recent comments said he will not reverse his decision creating the 28 states, saying this was a “red line.”


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  • 25 January 2016 06:41, by Eastern

    Troika should stop issuing statements but take actions now! What happens when South Sudanese begin killing one another because of the imposed 28 states which are very popular among the dinkas and by equal measures very unpopular among other South Sudanese? Act now, or never!!

    • 25 January 2016 06:55, by Frak Cho

      Troika, please conduct survey before you condemn the issue of 28 states. UNMISS did the right thing by accessing how the people received the news the order of 28 states announced, the survey revealed 90% to be happy for the order. This is why UNMISS is quiet. Sudan moved our region from 3 to 10 the then so called 10 states but the real SPLA did not bother! Please Troika stop uncompounded blame!

      • 25 January 2016 07:18, by Mi diit

        Frak Cho,

        Please stop lying in the name of UNMISS. Who conducted the so-called survey, in which locations and when?

        Only Dinkas are happy with the 28 states because their chief is attempting to steal lands for them.

        This will soon backfire and some of you who are now dancing will break their legs in the process.

        • 25 January 2016 12:36, by Frak Cho

          And why is UNMISS is quiet, mi dit?

        • 25 January 2016 15:23, by Hardlinner

          mi diit don’t shy away. also add equatoria. they don’t have any land dispute and fully support their created states. the only people with genuine case are shilluk and people of raja. the rest does it in support of their low IQ leader named riek. 28 states does not impact any part in the agreement. it more to do with administration nothing else. every thing will virtually remain the same.

    • 25 January 2016 15:40, by Hardlinner

      eastern, give a reason why S. Sudanese didn’t kill one another when S . sudan 3 regions were turned to 10 states?. please stop your baseless claims. every tribe knows their boundaries. since previous break down of regions into 10 states when ahead without any problem, i’m pretty sure with certainty the same will happened with 28 states.

  • 25 January 2016 11:41, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Indeed that is a naked truth that deserves to be reversed. Since it was a one man decree for this mess. It is simply logical for the same person to reverse his decision by a decree to make peace march forward.

    • 25 January 2016 15:31, by Hardlinner

      look guys if you don’t like your states, go ahead and complain. but don’t talk about those who are happy with the decision. what is my state got to with riek dogs. i don’t have any land dispute with riek’s dogs or any link with them. all i know about dogs like riek is that, they are thieves, killers and destroyers of other people achievement.

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