Addis Ababa – The Council of Ministers of foreign affairs from IGAD members Countries have expressed their concerns over the government’s decision to move on with the implementation of the 28 States created in October last year unilaterally by President Salva Kirr in a “Presidential Order” after the signing of the peace agreement with the oppositions factions.
“[we are] CONCERNED by the recent decision of the Government of South Sudan to implement the October 2, 2015 Presidential Decree on the creation of 28 new states, given that such action is INCONSISTENT with the term of Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS)” The council said in their communique
The Council further calls on the parties to speed up and never delay the formation of the TGoNU and discuss the 28 issue in “dialogue” while carrying on with the implementation.
“However, council UNDERLINED that this should not delay the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) and urges the rapid formation of the TGoNU to enable dialogue in this matter” the council continued.
The Council also calls on the suspension of the 28 states further until such a time that the parties to the peace agreement comes together and agree on the proposal.
“We urges the Parties, subsequent to the formation of the TGoNU at national level, in the absence of agreement on the creation of new states, to suspend further action on implementing the operationalization of new states until an inclusive, participatory National Boundary Commission comprising all Parties to ARCSS reviews proposed states and their boundaries, and that this review process occur, for a period of up to one month” continued part of the communique
The Council of ministers’ extra-ordinary session was attended by Foreign affairs ministers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.