UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The UN Secretary General’s Special Representative, at the same time the head of the organization’s mission in South Sudan, David Shearer has called on the warring parties in this country to form a transitional government in time.
“The formation of a transitional government will inspire confidence among citizens that the peace process will succeed and that the parties will come together to make decisions collectively,” Shearer said in a written statement.
The statement said last week’s decision to return to 10 states is an important step that will enable the formation of a transitional government, as promised to the people of South Sudan.
Yesterday, East African opposition leader Riek Machar rejected a peace offer by President Salva Kiir, which includes plans to reduce the number of states to 10 out of 32 as well as create three administrative zones in the country.
“According to a new transitional government, a process can be initiated so that the parties can work together to make a collective decision on the right number of states, administrative areas and demarcation boundaries. give way to elections in three years, “Shearer said.
The number and boundaries of the region’s states have been a key point in the protracted dispute between the government of South Sudan and opposition forces for the creation of a transitional government of national unity.
South Sudan fell into crisis when Kiir fired Machar as vice president in December 2013 on suspicion of a coup plot, which was followed by a protracted civil war that claimed tens of thousands of lives and forced 4 millions more to flee their homes.
The two leaders eventually reached a peace agreement in 2018, which remains to be implemented.
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