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RJMEC calls for quick resolution on number of states

By: Kitab A Unango

The Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) has called on parties to urgently resolve controversial number of states and their boundaries before the end of the extended Pre-Transitional Period of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.The number of states and their boundaries is one of the contentious issues frustrating peace process yet to be resolved by parties to path way for formation of unity government next year.Parties have consistently maintained their parallel positions on the matter, while government wants to keep the current 32 states and their boundaries, opposition groups led by Dr. Riek Machar and Dr. Lam Akol are demanding for ten former states.However, Ambassador Lt. Gen. Augostino Njoroge, RJMEC Interim Chairperson said parties should consider the country’s and embrace compromise on the matter before comes February 2020 dateline. “Your decision on this subject matter is critical and should transcend your individual political affiliations. That means, as representatives of your various Parties, you will need to put the interest of the country first and compromise,” Njoroge said.  “The determination of the number of the States of the Republic of South Sudan has consequential ramifications on the restructuring and reconstitution of the Council of States,” he added. Speaking during a two-day consultative meeting of Parties on how to find a mutually agreed way forward on the matter in Juba on Monday, Njoroge pointed out that the world was awaiting the resolution of the matter.“I wish to count on your good will, ability to compromise and move the country forward on this matter,” he stated. “You should be reminded that the people of South Sudan, the region, Partners and Friends of this beloved country and the international community are eagerly waiting to hear the positive outcomes from this meeting,” Njoroge concluded.

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