Drop new state demarcation plans, troika partners tell South Sudan leader

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan

The troika partners; The United States, Norway and the United Kingdom have urged the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir not to go ahead with his controversial proposed move to change the country’s constitution and create 18 more states.

The three stakeholders partnering with regional bloc Intergovernmental Authority and Development (IGAD) in brokering the peace deal on the conflict-torn nation have expressed concerns the new plans contradict the president’s commitment to fully implement the agreement he signed in August.

In a statement issued Tuesday October 6, US, UK and Norway call on the South Sudanese leader to reconsider his intentions.

“We recognise that the people of South Sudan have long been interested in the issues of federalism and decentralisation. However, we strongly urge President Kiir to defer action on this fundamental matter until the Transitional Government of National Unity is formed and a national constitutional dialogue can take place,” troika statement reads in part.

The troika partners also appeal to all players including the opposition to move fast on the implementation of the peace accord by resolving all issues that might hamper the process.

The opposition have also raised similar concerns about the president’s contentious proposals.

Under intense international and regional pressure, President Kiir and his rival Riek Machar finally signed the long awaited agreement in August in an effort to end the 20-month conflict in the newly independent nation.

The leaders subsequently, announced permanent cease fires but there have been reports of renewed fighting in Unity State. Troika states have condemned  this recent flares of fighting.

“We strongly condemn the current resumption of fighting in Unity State. This underscores the urgent need for all South Sudanese stakeholders and members of IGAD Plus to move forward with the full and timely implementation of the peace agreement, especially the prompt establishment of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission and mandated security arrangements.” the statement adds.

The IGAD Monitoring & Verification Mechanism (MVM) team has also reported cease fire violations by both parties since the announcement (s) of permanent cessation of hostilities in August.