February 10, 2020 (SSNN)—The main opposition party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-IO has welcomed the recent recommendation of the IGAD Council of Ministers on the number of states and their boundaries and called on the government to demonstrate political will in the interests of peace in the country.
“We welcome the recommendation of the IGAD Council of Ministers and the government has to demonstrate political will for the sake of peace in our country,” said Puok Both Baluang, the SPLM-IO ’s Director for Information.
He also confirmed that the two leaders, President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar are locked in a closed-door meeting in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
“President Kiir and Dr Machar are still deliberating on the number of states and security arrangements. We don’t know what is going on because it is a closed-door meeting,” he stated.
On Saturday, the IGAD Council of Ministers held its 70th Extraordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers on the situation of South Sudan and discussed the status of the implementation peace accord.
The Council of Ministers recommended that the number of states would be reduced from the existing 32 states to 23 states, however, the government opposed the move and accused the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development of being biased.