S. Sudan: Troika Partners bemoan failure to form transitional govt

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan. His unilateral decision to create 28 states is threatening the recent Peace Agreement

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan. His unilateral decision to create 28 states is threatening the recent Peace Agreement

The three Troika partners; The United States, Norway and the UK have deplored the failure by leaders in South Sudan to form a new transitional government in line with the 2015 Peace Agreement that was designed to end the 21-month conflict in the newest African state.

In a joint statement issued Friday, the trio expressed their concerns about the prevailing stalemate resulting from the recent government decision to create 28 new states.

“The Presidential Decree establishing 28 states has created an obstacle to consensus. We urge all parties to make immediate efforts to resolve this impasse and to form the transitional government as soon as possible. It is time for leaders on all sides to put aside partisan bickering and prioritize the interests of the South Sudanese people,” the Troika statement reads in part.

Many had hoped last year’s peace agreement between the government and the rebels would be swiftly implemented but Africa’s young state missed Friday’s crucial deadline to put in place the unity government. The Juba government’s controversial move creating new states has held back implementation of the deal.

“One important thing that has occurred, unfortunate in its timing, is the creation of 28 states because it’s inconsistent with what is envisaged in the [peace] agreement and, therefore, it is not acceptable,” Festus Mogae, Botswana’s former leader, and the current head of the Monitoring and Evaluation Commission in South Sudan told Aljazeera.

The conflict in South Sudan has claimed hundreds of lives and forced millions out of their homes and country.