Juba – The Chairman of the Join Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Pres. Festus Moggae has said the creation of 28 states by the goverment is not a legal issue, but a political one and asked the parties to the peace agreement to discuss it “out of the box”
“We have agreed that the issue of the 28 state is not actually a legal issue but it is a political issue; so the parties have been directed to sit and negotiate outside the box so that the issue… is resolved,” Pres. Mogae said today
The SPLM in opposition diminish the 28 states matter as their Chief Negotiator Gen. Taban Deng pointed out that “it would not derails the peace agreement implementation”
However, the opposition as well as many other institutions including civil society organization, political parties and international community have all condemned the unilateral creation of more states in the divided South Sudan saying the act is an attempt to violate the peace agreement.
It has now been resolved by the parties to the agreement (ARCISS) and JMEC that the matter will be further discussed by the parties to the agreement and find a common consensus to move forward with the implementation of the peace agreement.
The question which may arise is: what if they don’t agree?