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President Kiir meets US Amb Thomas Hushek on 7 February 2020 (SSPPU photo)February 7, 2020 (JUBA) - The Troika countries on Friday called on the South Sudanese parties to make the needed concessions paving the way for the formation of the transitional national unity government on 22 February.

The was made in a statement issued after a meeting in London on Thursday by the UK special envoy Bob Fairweather Norway special envoy Endre Stiansen and the new US envoy Stuart Symington.

The meeting discussed the implementation of the pre-transitional arrangements ahead of the scheduled formation of the national unity government within two weeks.

The three envoys agreed on the importance to launch the transitional period on time without further delay "and called on the South Sudanese parties to demonstrate the political will needed to move the process forward".

They pointed to the recent South African initiative to bridge the gaps between the South Sudanese parties over the number of states and voiced their concern about the failure of the parties to reach a compromise over the outstanding matter.

"This lack of political will could derail the peace process and undermine the ceasefire, risking a return to violence at a time when the South Sudanese already face a devastating humanitarian crisis".

"The parties to the agreement, including the incumbent Government, must be prepared to make compromises and agree (on) a way forward on outstanding issues, to enable the formation of an inclusive transitional government," they further stressed.

The three diplomats said that the IGAD and the African Union meetings on South Sudan in Addis Ababa in the upcoming days on the margin of the African Union summit may be the last chance to get the process back on track before the deadline.

In Juba, President Salva Kiir on Friday met with the U.S and Norwegian ambassadors at the State House, ahead of his departure to Addis Ababa for the African Union Summit.

"President Kiir discussed the progress of the Revitalized Peace Agreement and the formation of the upcoming revitalized transitional government of national unity," said the South Sudanese presidency in a short statement.

The revitalized national unity government is scheduled to be announced on 22 February.

After his return from Pretoria where he discussed with President Cyril Ramaphosa discussed the issue of states, Kiir met with the 32 governors of South Sudan states on 4 February.

At the end of the meeting, Maridi State governor Africano Mande told reporters that all the governors would hold consultations with their respective people over the creation of the 32 states

"The sentiments of the people in their respective states are clear and they would not let the people down," said Governor Africano.

It was reported that Ramaphosa strongly advised Kiir to compromise with the peace parties over the number of states and abandon the current costly 32 states.

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  • 8 February 2020 07:49, by Malakal county Simon

    The best of part of any peace deal resolution is compromise.... The government must accept to reduce the number of States, should the responsibility of war in case it erupt again over States....

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  • 8 February 2020 09:45, by Eastern

    I love the pressure Kiir is feeling! JCE’s 32 states are indeed a popular demand let Kiir just stick to his gun and maintain the status quo!

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    • 8 February 2020 11:32, by jubaone

      Eastern
      Without clear governance system "federalism" and clear financial and political devolution, return to 10 states is just worthless and foolish. Rather, the 32 states offer each state to function effectively with little or no interference from Juba. Equatorians are satisfied with the current status quo and have NO interest having non Equatorians hovering around. All must return to their luaks

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      • 8 February 2020 11:41, by jubaone

        Riek Machar and IO are steadily losing sympathy among Equatorians. He has absconded his "federalism" pledges and stupidly transfixed on "10 states". Equatorians can’t be the"pingpong ball", we must tell Riek as well as this jienge Kiirminal, Juba must and will burn. They both can go and burst their shitholes in their luaks. No peace till Equatoria breaks off, now in 2, 5, 50 or 100 years.

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        • 8 February 2020 15:43, by The Rhino

          Jubaone,Eastern,

          That’s why we urgently need NAS and other Equatorian based movements to unequivocally assert Equatoria’s interests clean and clear.We can’t afford to accommodate savages in our communities and keep on suffering in Equatoria all along,NO!..those days are over!10 states,32 states or 63 states all mean nothing if Dinka rapists,murderers & greedy goons still squat in our backyards...

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          • 8 February 2020 15:55, by The Rhino

            Jubaone,Eastern,

            ..whatever case,Equatorians must take back Equatoria and enforce/practice Federalism,not always ask it from anybody,we can do this!All foreigners who want to invest and do business with jienges or nyagats must leave Equatoria and relocate to Dinkaland or nyagats territory and be comfortable there but NOT in Equatoria.We are fed up with all these shit.

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            • 8 February 2020 18:12, by jubaone

              Rhino
              Great pieces. Come 22 Feb, NAS and Equatorians are here to stay. Visitation time is over and jienge giant gorillas better seek their luaks and return. Especially those jienge idiots in Nimule must vacate peacefully or forcefully. Juba must burn and only then these cockroaches will flee.

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        • 8 February 2020 16:56, by Malakal county Simon

          Jubaone,

          Don’t be quick and please give times!! IO it’s about holistic reform including federalism as one of agenda...IO is doing great here otherwise, what’s the issue??????????????

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          • 8 February 2020 17:05, by Malakal county Simon

            Cont...

            Wasn’t so called Nas part of Kiir government prior from 2013 to 2016 sinced the senseless war erupt while thausands of Nuer and Equatorian were cold blood massacred right?? What so called Thomas Cirrilo did?? Nothing right?? So I don’t think he is right guy to rally behind rather then Dr Machar my friend.. Please support based on agenda and not regional based

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            • 8 February 2020 23:14, by The Rhino

              Malakal county Simon and Games,

              Here’s some facts,your Riak Machar will never be president of South Sudan,NEVER!..take it or leave it,period!I told you since day one that I’m not a fan of this Riak Machar,why?..b’cos the fucker has too much blood on his hands just as that illiterate foolish Dinka bastard Kiir!Now,any naive South Sudanese who expects peace and stability from those two greedy...

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              • 8 February 2020 23:22, by The Rhino

                Malakal county Simon,Games,

                ..tribalist warmongers is condemned to suffer and die.The only reason today why Dinka misrule in South Sudan is flourishing and existing is b’cos you cheap nyagats bow easily to smooth hotel lives,too much food loving and in turn kill your own Nuer people for a position or money under Dinka pseudo gov’t in Juba.Its disgusting!Listen,December 2013 massacre was painful..

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                • 8 February 2020 23:36, by The Rhino

                  Malakal county Simon,Games,

                  ..enough even for Equatorians.Damn it,where is your human dignity you Nuer people?How can you people blindly support the same gov’t that massively killed your own Nuer relatives in broad light with impunity?I’m glad that we diehard Equatorians have already made up our minds,i.e..we’ve pledged to drive OUT all savages of our territories,full stop!

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          • 8 February 2020 17:59, by jubaone

            Malakal Simon
            In terms of honoring one’s word as a true gentleman, I commend Riek cuz the ARCISS 2014 was based on 10 states. Now we have 32 states and nothing has changed. Reverting to 10 states, or remaining with 32 won’t change anything. Fellow Nuers are still encamped in PoCs, jienges are running away in huge numbers from their states causing confusion and chaos everywhere.

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            • 8 February 2020 18:07, by jubaone

              Malakal Simon
              The reason why most Equatorians joined IO cuz they believed in federalism agenda. Taban the nus-jellaba nyagat betrayed Ladu Gore and all Equatorians. Riek must understand, Equatorians don’t need Nuers for this agenda. He keeps his word, we are allies, otherwise we quit. We have our strategic interests.

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        • 9 February 2020 02:34, by Mayendit

          Jubaone
          Look like you are changing your mind about Riek Machar Teny which is good choice. I am fully aware of your intentions against Dinkas people but remember, the freedom of movement was among others reason for why the SPLA and SPLM fighting for. We the man of man have had fought everywhere in South Sudan and it cost us 1.5 million lives in the SPLA and SPLM. Dinkas people will lived in any pl

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          • 9 February 2020 12:04, by jubaone

            Mayendit
            Supporting Riek against jienges is a strategic interest, once it is achieved we go separate ways. FYI: Jienges didn’t fight to liberate SS, they fought cuz they were thrown out of Equatoria by Kokora. Jienges are bitter and this explains the rampant landgrabbing in Equatoria. Jienges can live anywhere in Equatoria but not in their areas. You would kill yourselves. Acuet-Kuet islands??

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            • 9 February 2020 12:11, by jubaone

              Mayendit,
              You jienges can’t live peacefully among yourselves. Last week over 50 killed in interclan fights in W. Lakes. 2 weeks ago, over 10 in Tonj. Every week at least, jienges kill themselves. Who knows how many die 💀 of hunger, diseases in the bushes. The rest run 🏃 to Equatoria to hide their shitholes. These are the worthless squatters and landgrabbers. Death 💀 to them.

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  • 8 February 2020 18:11, by Games

    Jubaone
    Lets us focus on our Unity, which is only Dinka medicine. And you would probably correct, even if we’re going to 2 States, nothing will change as long the Dinka are still leading the governments...

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    • 8 February 2020 18:37, by jubaone

      Games,
      From 2013-16, Equatorians put their weights behind IO when Taban Gai was Chief negotiator of IO. This bastard betrayed Equatorians and took over from Lado Gore. Many Nuers; Gatthoth Holnyang, Ochan Puok, Ezekiel Lol, Lul Koang etc have changed sides since. Most Nuers are inconsistent, easily swayed and seek food first. We must rely on ourselves.

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  • 9 February 2020 02:14, by Mayendit

    Jubaone, Games and Rhino as well as Malakal county Simon.
    There is no short cuts in a democracy system therefore, the only solution to this issue of State is to set up a referendum voting so that the people who have been disputing to satisfy themselves

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    • 9 February 2020 12:21, by jubaone

      Mayendit
      That is the stupidest thinking I’ve read. Did you conduct any referendum when the kiirminal ordered the creation of 28, then 32 states? To now turn around and pretend to be that democrat and follower of constitutionalism is just disgusting. Jienges don’t follow laws, they have jungle laws. Spare us this jienge shit 💩.

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