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Behavior of Government delegates in Addis criticised

By: Nema Juma

The National Alliance of Political parties has strongly condemned what they described as inappropriate “misbehaviors of some government delegates” during the recent African Union summit in Addis Ababa.

According to the statement signed by the 13 political parties, the government delegation pulled out the South Sudan flag during the IGAD led talks to resolve the number of states and boundaries.

“The National Alliance of political parties condemns in the strongest terms possible the misbehavior of some members of government delegation by pulling out the South Sudan flag,” the statement said.

The National Alliance further recommends that the Unity Government be formed on February 22 deadline and must include all the signatories to the Agreement.

The Alliance further said they stand with an option of 10 states plus Abyei and Pibor Administrative areas as their boundaries were clearly marked.

It is barely 10 days left to the formation of the Unity Government, the government and the opposition are yet in a deadlock on the number states and boundaries.

Civil societies are raising questions whether the Unity government would be formed as agreed by the 100 days extension.

The redeployment of the forces has not yet started raising doubts on how it would be done in the remaining days.

The Director for Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), Edmund Yakani said parties’ need to settle the remaining outstanding tasks.

“Will the remaining days graduate unified forces and re-deploy them? Redeployment of forces is not just redeployment, you need to negotiate and this may take you more than five days and power distribution may take you more than seven days,” he added.

“My message to the citizens is that with all this debate on the issues on the number of state, be  tolerant on the ethnic line, on political party line, and let us leave this as business of the political parties that are signatories to the agreement.

“Let’s not take the law in to our hands, besides what exactly is to be resolved, let’s leave the politicians to handle those issues as politicians,” Edmund said.

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