Bor, Jonglei State – The Governor of Jonglei State Maker Thiong Maal has called on parties to the conflict to put aside their differences on the number of states, and work to meet the deadlock of peace process.
Governor Thiong was Speaking to reporters in Bor on Monday after recieving French diplomats, he said public opinions should determine the number of state.
“Let public opinion be assessed about 21, 10, 32 and 40 states. This issue should not be an obstacle to the peace process,” Maker Thiong said.
Maker said that the state government is ready to implement peace deal if they parties compromise over outstanding issues.
“This area is very anxious to see into it that the implementation of the peace agreement is on time as planned because we are ready to receive the peace,” governor Thiong said.
According to Radio Tamazuj, Frence’s special envoy to South Sudan and Sudan Jean Michel urged the government and the opposition to form a coalition government in Februay 20th.
“We wanted to see the peace situation here in Bor and Jonglei State, particularly as the governor said about peace and stability. France is attached to peace and stability in South Sudan and peace among the communities,” Jean said.
The French diplomat reiterated his country’s commitment to support peace and stability in South Sudan and follow through the implementation of the revitalized peace deal.
The visiting French official was accompanied by France ambassador to South Sudan Marc Trouyet and the UN head of Bor office Mrs Deborah Schein.
President Kiir and opposition leaders missed the November 12 deadline to form a unity government and agreed to give themselves another 100 days to form the government.
President Salva Kiir, opposition leader Riek Machar and a handful of other groups signed the peace deal in September 2018. However the parties have failed to create a unified army and determine the number of states since the deal was signed.