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South Sudan rivals urged to end state impasse

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr/. Riek Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)
South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr/. Riek Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

January 15th 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his main rival, SPLM-IO leader, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, have been urged to end the disagreement over the number and boundaries of states which has been on of contentious issues affecting the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

Machar, a high profile in South Sudan’s politics, arrived to Juba from the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Tuesday for talk with President Salva Kiir Mayardit on the issue of the number of states and their boundaries.

South African Vice President David Mabuza – who is also in Juba along the deputy chairman of Sudan’s Sovereignty Council is chairing a meeting of the parties to the conflict in hope to find a settlement on the number of states and their boundaries as what is regarded as the final deadline of a unity government formation looms.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, a South Sudan civil society group urged the two leaders to find a solution on the states issue so that the ongoing civil war is ended once and for good.

“The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) a South Sudanese human rights entity has call on President Salva and Dr. Riek Machar to reach a good deal on number of states and their internal boundaries  and compromise or face a serious sanctions,” the rights group said in the statement extended to Nyamilepedia.

“Leaders are thinkers and drivers to solve any calamity within given country for their citizens to enjoy peace, justice and freedom,” the statement added.

The group urged all the signatories to the revitalized peace agreement “to decide on the fate of number states in South Sudan.

“Other key stakeholders including representatives of civil society, women, youth, academia, the business community, regional guarantors, and international witnesses also signed the agreement. The revitalized agreement intends to achieve a permanent ceasefire, restore peace, security, and stability, make institutional reforms, and facilitate economic recovery and national reconciliation and healing in South Sudan.”

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