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Gov’t threatens to pull out of IGAD-led process

South Sudan Minister for Information and Broadcast, Michael Makuei (C) gives a press conference on January 5, 2014 alongside other delegation members in the Ethiopian capital a day after South Sudan’s warring parties met in Addis Ababa for the first time since fighting erupted three weeks ago. The army continued Saturday to battle rebels in a bid to wrest back the strategic town of Bor, capital of Jonglei, one of the country’s largest states. Heavy fighting was also reported late Saturday near the presidency in the capital Juba. AFP PHOTO/Solan GIMECHU (Photo credit should read SOLAN GEMECHU/AFP via Getty Images)

February 9th 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan government has threatened to pull out of the IGAD-led peace process after the regional body proposed that the country’s controversial number of 32 states be reduced to 23.

There are currently 32 states created by President Salva Kiir in October 2015. The opposition wants that number reduced because – they said – it would return the country to war.

A peace agreement signed in 2018 provided for the determination of the number of states and their boundaries before a unity government could be formed. The parties are now on loggerhead as they say they won’t be part to the unity government unless the number of states us determined.

On Saturday, the IGAD council of ministers meeting in Addis Ababa decided to endorse 23 states for South Sudan. President Kiir who was at the meeting rejected the endorsement.

Speaking to reporters in Addis Ababa this morning, information minister Michael Makuei said South Sudan may seek another mediator on the issue and said IGAD seemed to be overwhelmed by the situation in the country.

“It is clear that the IGAD is overwhelmed by the situation in our country. They should tell us that they can’t do the mediation so that we can look for another person to mediate for us,” Makuei said.

Yesterday, Makuei said the government of South Sudan will on on with the formation of the revitalized transitional government even if “IGAD like it or not.”

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