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Kiir, Machar refer states issue to South Africa


President Kiir (C) meets Machar (R) with the participation of Sudan's Hemetti (L) on 15 January 2020 (SSPPU photo)
January 15, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s main peace partners on Wednesday agreed to refer the sticky issue of the number and boundaries of states to the South African deputy president to broker a compromise.

President Salva Kiir and the SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar met in Juba in presence of Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, Sudanese leading member of the Sovereign Council to discuss the contention over the 32 states.

Kiir struggles to keep the contested territorial administrative system while Machar and other peace parties call to restore the 10-state system if the president refuses their demand to review the boundaries and the number of states.

Presidential adviser Tut Kew Gatluak stated after the meeting that the two leaders discussed the number of states and they will continue to tackle it with the other peace partners.

Gatluak further pointed to the role played by South Africa’s deputy president David Mabuza to reach an agreement over this issue.

"We agreed to allow him more time to hold further consultations with the peace parties. This issue of the states involves all the signatories to the revitalized agreement and I’m sure we will reach an agreement," he said.

Last December, Mabuza held a two-day meeting in Juba with the peace partners on the number of states but they failed to strike a deal.

The South African deputy president, however, said the parties are narrowing two options on the number of states without elaborating on it.

"Where we are now we have nudged all the parties and we are only left with two views and these two views, we are going to escalate them,” Mabuza told porters.

For his part, Democratic Change Party leader Lam Akol said that there was a proposal to arrive at some figure between 10 and 32 states.

Recently, the SPLM-IO accused the South Sudanese government of seeking to organize demonstrations in support of Salva Kiir’s refusal to compromise over the number of states and boundaries.

Gatluak stressed that the difference over the number of states will not prevent the formation of the transitional government next month.

The IGAD which brokered the peace agreement and the international community praised the regular meetings between the two leaders saying it would contribute to build confidence and pave the way for a successful transition.


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  • 16 January 2020 07:56, by Midit Mitot

    Better that, citizens are suffering from 32 state, we need 1956 Districts or 23+ Abyei =34.

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    • 16 January 2020 07:58, by Midit Mitot

      Correction! I mean 24

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      • 16 January 2020 08:31, by The Rhino


        Kiir and Machar are just wasting time here.The agreement they signed with their own hands stated that in case they disagree on the number of states and boundaries, the country will revert to 10 states.So why are they dishonoring the document?..and why are they referring the future of this country to somebody else to decide?Shit,drought company IGAD is standing by & doing nothing, worthless!

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        • 16 January 2020 11:41, by Garang Akeen Tong

          The rhino

          You people need to reasoning well, because our people suffering beyond description.
          32 states where created after war broke out, we don’t fight our selves because 32 states.
          You can talk and know that our people need peace.

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      • 16 January 2020 12:11, by South South

        Midit Mitot,

        24 states is Nuer suggestion only. This article from Sudan Tribune is not correct. What is correct is that Kiir and Riek will continue to talk about the number of states and their boundaries, that’s what I know. Yes, South Africa is there to bridge the gap between them, but South Africa will not decide for us.

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  • 16 January 2020 09:14, by conservative

    Dr. wangkel still in wrong direction of south Sudan u better resgin from politics or it will take to hell along with nuers people if they keep follow him

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  • 16 January 2020 09:19, by Games

    Hope South Africa VP wouldn’t accept the bribe money again to try to stick with that stingy 32 states. 10 or 24 states nothing else

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  • 16 January 2020 15:11, by Eastern

    The good thing is that the KiirChar meeting has again ended in a STALEMATE...The proposed arbitration will drag on for years...The holdout groups were and are still absolutely correct!

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  • 17 January 2020 00:38, by Deng II

    From 1991-2020, 29 years Riek Machar still killing an innocenc soul of people. Peace with Riek Machar is a waste 0f time and it is a business as usual. 32 States is a best mechanism to reduces the killing since Riek Machar still breath-in air.

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    • 17 January 2020 03:30, by Malakal county Simon


      Wake-up and start reasoning like a normal human being.... I wonder why the Dinka tribe being the most hated by all South Sudanese tribes because of lies right?? 2013 was a Salva Kiir war as he was acting out of fear you know it, i know it and the whole world knows it.... Please if you love country, you must also love peace by telling the truth!!

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