May 04, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- South Sudan’s Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission(JMEC) and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan(UNMISS) refuse to recognize the 28 controversial states decreed by Salva Kiir in early October 2015.
The peace monitors announced on Wednesday, yesterday, that they do not recognize the controversial states created without proper consultations by president Salva Kiir.
According to Ellen Margrethe Løj, the Special Representative and head of UNMISS, the world body only recognizes the ten original states of South Sudan.
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On behave of UNMISS and peace mission in South Sudan, Løj said UN observes and standby IGAD-Plus communique of January 31, 2016 which calls for Mr. Kiir and his government to put the controversial idea on hold until further notice
“On the 28 states, as you all know, the IGAD Heads of State in a communique adopted on the 31st of January urged the transitional government immediately after its establishment to solve the issue of the 28 states and if they couldn’t to establish a boundary commission. Now the transitional government have been established and we expect the transitional government urgently to address the issue of the 28 states.” said Ellen Margrethe Løj, the Special Representative and head of UNMISS.
The world body is concern that the 28 states sparked border conflicts and other challenges that the young nation may not be ready for.
“It’s very clear that there are challenges around the country in relation to how the borders have been drawn in the 28 states proposal, and that has led to ethnic tensions in many parts of the country.”Løj adds.
To avoid conflict with Kiir’s government, Løj said the peace monitors would still cooperate with the new governors to get things done on the ground, however, she insists that UNMISS and JMEC will allocate resources according to the 10 original states.
“If we’re out there operating in a state that has a new governor in place, then our teams of course have to coordinate maybe with that governor, and that governor’s office, however, the position remains that the ten states is what we recognize and we that don’t encourage any further implementation of the 28 states.” Margaret Loej.
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