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Sudan's PM Hamdok chairs a meeting of the IGAD leaders in Addis Ababa on 9 Feb 2020 -IGAD photo)
February 9, 2020 (ADDIS ABABA/JUBA) - South Sudanese government has rejected a compromise proposed by the IGAD special envoys to adopt 23 states as a solution to end the disagreement over the number of states.

The South Sudanese government on Sunday issued a statement saying that the IGAD Council of Ministers on Saturday 8 February adopted a proposal made by the IGAD envoys providing to establish 23 states in the absence of the South Sudanese foreign minister.

The statement which was released late during the night from Addis Ababa where is held the annual summit of the head of states and governments of the African Union further added that the proposal was rejected by the South Sudanese president during a meeting of the IGAD head of states and governments.

"The Government of the Republic of South Sudan objected and argued to maintain its position of 32 States," said the statement.

"Moreover, the Government proposed that the R-TGON (revitalized transitional government), which will be inclusive of all the signatories, be formed in time and given the responsibility to resolve the outstanding issues including the number and boundaries of the States," it further said.

Before the issuance of the statement, Information Minister and Government Spokesperson Michael Makuei told the official TV that his government rejects the IGAD’s proposal on the 23 states.

He further said that the SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar instead of standing with his initial proposal of 23 states went further to call for a 10-state territorial administrative system.

"But our position is clear, we are not ready to even change a single state," he said before to add that this a popular demand, not a government’s decision.

Makuei further said that when they saw Machar backing the 10 states they stopped the discussions.

"We told him that we are no longer ready to continue and the only thing we can do is to suspend the talks and go to inform the people about your position and the position of the government".

He stressed that the government will accept whatever the people decide.

Accordingly, the information minister announced that they will go back to Juba to inform people and hold a consultation with them before to decide.

Also, he called on Machar to be ready to defend his position before the people of South Sudan.

UN Secretary-General on Saturday made a very strongly worded message to the South Sudanese leaders on Saturday as he called to end quarrelling on the critical issues and to end the suffering of South Sudanese.

"So, I have one with one simple message to the leaders of the country: think about your people. Respect your people".

The parties have only 13 days before the end of the 100-day extension of the pre-transitional period as they have to form the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) on 22 February 2020.

In a statement on Sunday, the IGAD leaders said they agreed to the request of the President Salva Kiir Mayardit to conduct further consultations with his constituents and report back to the IGAD Chair on 15 February 2020.

The decision was taken after a meeting including, Presidents Salva Kiir, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok of Sudan and Riek Machar SPLM-IO leader.

The South Sudanese government disclosed that IGAD heads of states and governments will meet in Juba "on/or before the 18th February 2020, for a final decision on the number and Boundaries of States".

The Troika countries on Friday called on the peace parties to make the needed concessions on the sticky issues and stressed that the IGAD and the African Union meetings on South Sudan in Addis might be the last chance to get the process back on track before the deadline.

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  • 10 February 08:42, by Joyuma John

    what will be the modality of having 23 states as proposed by IGAD? and how good would be those 23 states compare to 32 states, for those who are dwelling on issues of numbers states are losing their idea of popular change and dwelling on petty things. shame on us Junubiin.

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    • 10 February 09:54, by Midit Mitot

      (MML) Micheal Makuei Lueth is always talking balalaalallaal without concept of the talk.

      Government of contradiction, today is YES and tomorrow is NO, you will either accept 10 or 23+1 (Abyie)

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      • 11 February 08:11, by james john luka

        Midiit Mitot

        I think you are confused human being like your name imply. How do you think someone like Michael Makuei who is the government chief negotiator and a government spokesperson to accept decision that lack impartiality? Would you expect Angelina Teny to accept any approval of 32 or 28 states proposed by the government? Let’s think and comment like intellectuals not like villagers.

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    • 11 February 04:05, by Langbaar

      Joyuma John,
      You have a very good question chap. This is what you get when you have low lives who have sold themselves and their souls to foreign interest groups are allowed and they also want to the whole of South Sudan and the South Sudanese people with them. I have been called mentally ill by some bunch of sewers here in SUDAN TRIBUNE when I appoint out the dirty intrigue being played over>>>>

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      • 11 February 04:14, by Langbaar

        South Sudan and the South Sudanese by some countries our myopic leaders and our foolish populace often called their allies and allies. The whole game here is not about to have peace in South Sudan. The dirty intrigue being played behind the scene here is about to make South Sudan as unstable as possible (war of attrition), in other word until South Sudanese people became frustrated and ask for>>>>

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        • 11 February 04:21, by Langbaar

          UN, the NGOs, the IGAD and the AU to take over South Sudan. That is what is at play Mr. Joyuma John. There is this so-called UN NEW NEW WORLD ORDER GOVERNMENT, AFRICA UNITY, GOVERNMENT WITHOUT BORDERS AND REGIONAL INTEGRATION piece of bullshit being propagated by low lives like secret societies’ criminals of Mr. Thabo Mbeki, Paul Kagame, Jakaya Kikwete>>>>

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          • 11 February 04:29, by Langbaar

            Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga, Hailemariam Desalegn, Abiye Ahmed, olusegun obasanjo, their puppets/stooges of Mr. Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirillo and Majak Agoot here in South Sudan. And their other low lives in North Sudan of Mr. Yasir Arman, Malik Agar and other load of evils in North Sudan and their masters in the devil infested Island of England, the evil juus>>>>

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            • 11 February 04:34, by Langbaar

              (so-called israel) who even ’pray and swear’ that their life style is under attack and that there cannot be their cloned arab North Sudan without South Sudan and the South Sudanese people. South Sudanese people are not being told the damn truth. And if the South Sudanese people are told the real truth being played over the back of our country and over our people’s back by some of these countries>>

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              • 11 February 04:47, by Langbaar

                they always called their uncles and allies, then they would round up anything that is connected to evil white Americans, English people, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their evil juus (so-called israelis), Abeshas (so-called ethiopian) prostitutes, the UN, UNIMISS and some of their Bantus trashes kill them and throw them into the Nile and wait for evils who covet our country>>>>>

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                • 11 February 05:10, by Langbaar

                  and our people to death Mr. Joyuma John chap. This whole circus is all about South Sudan. Other countries have massive problems than South Sudan. But South Sudan is the most covet and prize country to be fought over by these pack of hyenas all the times like their DR Congo, Angola, Mozambique, Central Africa republic Africa (C.A.R), some of their West African countries, Abesh (so-called ethiopia)>

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                  • 11 February 05:15, by Langbaar

                    Cuba, Caribbeans countries, South America countries, some Middle Eastern countries, Asian countries and Eastern countries during their so-called COLD WAR. And the evils hope that South Sudan would be re-united with their cloned so-called Arabs of North Sudan, the evils we hate to death and then the vermin would then run to their capitals and brag>>>>>

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                    • 11 February 05:20, by Langbaar

                      that their so-called capitalism has *triumphs* over their so-called *communism or socialism*. South Sudan is being ’portrayed here as ’a communist or socialist country’ by these vermin our lowly informed and fools called their allies or uncles. And North Sudan is their darling. Fellows, the level of HATRED and RACISM some of us have towards these vermin is quite staggering>>>>

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                      • 11 February 05:26, by Langbaar

                        living over the back of other people and their countries is what these vermin know. And they think it how the real world works. The vermin love affair with our country and our people has gone too far and the evils are going to be bombed out of our country and over our people pretty badly once and for all, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. South Sudan is not part of the so-called ANGLO-AMERICA>>>>

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                        • 11 February 05:30, by Langbaar

                          empire, never has and will never ever will under the sun and even in million years. There are some evils who have attached themselves to our country and our people like ’leeches or ticks’. But the vermin don’t know whom they are playing ball with, us, the South Sudanese men-----the Dinkas/Muonyjiengs of the Sudan to be precise.>>>>>

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                          • 11 February 05:52, by Langbaar

                            There are no damn resources in *Kenya, Abesha (so-called ethiopia) prostitutes, Rwanda, Tanzania, North Sudan and they have a huge population than our country*. But the scroungers have been vetted by some creeps who think, they own the world and oxygen of the world, that Kenya, South Africa, Abesh (so-called ethiopia) prostitutes, North Sudan, Ghana and Nigeria would be made *manufacturing hubs*,>

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                            • 11 February 05:59, by Langbaar

                              and that ’resources from South Sudan, DR Congo, Zimbabwe and other countries would be used bused as ’collaterals/guarantees’ to secure loans for those ’would be set up manufacturing hubs’ in *Kenya, Abesh (so-called ethiopia) prostitute, South Africa, Ghana or Nigeria*. Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr. Raila Odinga even went to China to go and borrow money against South Sudan and DR Congo>>>>

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                              • 11 February 06:05, by Langbaar

                                in the name of their so-called ’Africa infrastructures of Africa and the region’. The Chinese ’flatly turned down the low lives’. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta was *invited a few weeks ago* to London, by an English piece of sewer with other bunch of Bantus low lives and went and be promised investments>>>>

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                                • 11 February 08:29, by Langbaar

                                  by a devil infested Island of England low life, Mr. Boris Johnston; who even called the African people "picaninnies with ’water melon’ smiles" And there you go! And of course, the Bantus of trash, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta. Without their usual shame went and be intrigued by these same vermin who covet our country and our people to death>>>>

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    • 11 February 07:43, by Kenyang ll

      Joyuma John, Lol,indeed nothing can be less trivial than talking about 23.5 states. I have a proposal for our lousy and incompetent president: go back and let then them know you have accepted ONE, SINGLE country without regions (Bhar Gazal, Equatoria or Upper Nile) or states. While there, propose to IGAD & AU leaders you’re to return Africans to colonialism,life was much better compared to your fl

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      • 11 February 07:54, by Kenyang ll

        ...compared to your frequent flights from hotel to hotel spreading HIV Aids if away from looting country’s coffers or killing innocent citizens. He should be fine.

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  • 10 February 10:37, by Games

    Midit Mitot
    32 evils states are not existing anymore. The head of State M7 wanted to return to 10 states, which is fine for us. The international community plus IGAD a proven 23 plus 1, which is also fine to us. The Juba governor(Salva Kiir) is wasting our time for nothing. Makuei Lueth cases are very simple, first, he has 9hrs to make a formal apology to IGAD and the world otherwise he will be ba

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    • 10 February 10:40, by Games

      Otherwise he will be ban for life for leaving Juba.
      The game is nearly over and we will move on to the next chapters.

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      • 10 February 10:46, by Malakal county Simon

        If not 23+then let’s go for original 10 States since you don’t a badget for land grabbed 32 States.. Sanctions are already printed and whoever refused either 10 or 23+, will suffer!! South Sudanese want 10 States or alternatively, 23+....

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        • 10 February 11:07, by Tupac

          it is not first time for us to suffer for the people of South Sudan. suffering is not the end and we shall not allow idiots people to betray the people and land of South Sudan.

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          • 10 February 15:48, by The Rhino

            Tupac,

            Tupac Shakur himself would be utterly disgraced and insulted with your lack of eloquence, intelligence,respect and poetry to black people in general.You damned fuck,pickup yourself another cheap Dinka name to present yourself,your tribalist gov’t and leave Tupac Shakur rest in peace!!!Your fucking greedy Dinka rapists,murderers and land grabbers(JCE) included,have long sold out S.Sudan....

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            • 10 February 15:59, by The Rhino

              ’Tupac’

              ..and shown fellow black South Sudanese their ugliest side,through and through.Frankly speaking,I hate fucking Dinka people to death and nothing can change that as long as I live!..Why are they raping innocent underage girls,the vulnerable women,burning fellow citizens alive and forcing relatives to cannibalism?Why,why,why?This same fucking Dinka gov’t under Kiir has no legitimacy to.....

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              • 10 February 16:06, by The Rhino

                ’Tupac’,

                ..exist whatsoever,NONE!Why on earth would a sovereign country like South Sudan allow a foreign Bantu president Museveni of a different country decide affairs and fate of South Sudanese?WHY?Therefore you fake impersonator..go fuck yourself or face disaster,..what’s up, bring it on!!!

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            • 10 February 21:24, by jubaone

              Rhino
              M7 not only actively rejected the 23 states proposal, but has clearly indicated he is a SS. Uganda has become the 33 state and M7 is ready to be the president while the kiirminal becomes his vice. Driven by greed for power and money, SS is the virgin and confused country that must be taken over. This short-legged Bantu bastard has no morals like their street whores.

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              • 10 February 21:45, by jubaone

                Rhino,
                With SS vast resources and a Jienge president, M7 has enriched himself and Uganda’ economy is booming at our expense. Uganda’s food, services, manufactured products, criminals, prostitutes and whores have flooded our country. M7 was personally awarded a honorary title as member of the Jienge Criminal Enterprise (JCE) in 2014 by Deng Dau Malek, member of JCE.

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            • 11 February 07:24, by Tupac

              MY MESSAGE TO ALL WHO KIDNAP CHILDREN AND RAP INNOCENCE WOMEN AS DECLARED BY UN WOMEN. THE 32 STATES WERE NOT CREATED FOR DINKA, IT WAS CREATED FOR ALL PEOPLE OF SOUTH SUDAN. NUER ARE REJECTING THE 32 STATES BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT THE OTHER MINORITY TRIBE TO TAKE LEADERSHIP IN THE PART OF SOUTH SUDAN.
              IF YOU ARE ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT RESOURCES, WHICH STATE HAS NO RESOURCES. ALL HAVE RESOURCES.

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              • 11 February 07:34, by Tupac

                REVERSING TO 10 STATES WILL NOT STOP LOOTING OF OTHERS RESOURCES. THE CREATION OF 32 STATES MAKE US TO TAKE CARE OF OUR RESOURCES AND MANAGE OUR PEOPLE SINCE THE ROOT OF TRIBALISM WHICH CAN NOT BE UPROOTED HAS ALREADY BE PLANNED IN THE COUNTRY.

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  • 10 February 10:54, by Joyuma John

    Dear All,
    it is too earlier to celebrate the proposed 23 states by IGAD. we Will accept and celebrate whichever number of states which is going to be accepted by all warring parties, but we should not be lured to celebrate the opinions so far.

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  • 10 February 11:00, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    We need peace in the country and no citizens in South Sudan to be consulted because you chased them a way

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    • 10 February 11:11, by Tupac

      There are people in South Sudan. Do you think all people are Coward like u

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  • 10 February 11:35, by Tupac

    Was the problem the 10 States or the 32 States really? This is everyone’s quest for the right answer. The 10 states we have been operating under since 2005 to 2015 were not the problems of underdevelopment and lack of service delivery in my opinion. The people assigned to do work in the then 10 States’ who are there now out as oppositions or serving the current TGONU to the very system they misera

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    • 10 February 11:47, by Tupac

      system they miserably failed to set up disguising, deserve the benefit of doubts. Now, with the same people who failed to deliver in the then 10 States, calling for the dissolution of 28 States, in favour of the 10 States, how sure could one be that these same people will not fail again the 10 States or 28 States as before? Could be that these opposition politicians had learnt new tricks of develo

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      • 10 February 11:49, by Tupac

        Could be that these opposition politicians had learnt new tricks of development in the four-year bush life? It cast doubts into one’s mind and perhaps 10 states demand may be an opportunity to reserve more resources for loots due to losses for years in the bushes.

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        • 10 February 12:27, by Malakal county Simon

          Tupac,

          This is problem.. Wrong people’s are being appointed at the wrong place and this is the result!! 10 States is the only solution if no one looking to start a senseless war again!!!!!!

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          • 10 February 13:01, by Tupac

            senseless war was not caused by the number of states, please matter what made go to bush. take care of your home and i take care of my home since people lack understanding.

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  • 10 February 14:32, by Angelo Achuil

    I wonder whether our leaders ever asked themselves about who gave them the right to decree 23, 24, 32, or whatever state number they like anytime they feel like it?

    What is more frustrating is them cooking up any number and say "It’s the demand of the people!" When did people ever voted to increase or decrease # of states?

    Haven’t we yet realized how weak and divided we now are with 32?

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  • 10 February 17:52, by marie

    The war was cause by Salva Kiir. He dismissed Riak and the other members of SPLM in order to get the rein of government to implement JCE agenda. 32 states is not a problem if other people’s land were not annexed to his henchman and tribe. South Sudanese know their borders and history. We know how Equatoria was joined to be part of Sudan during Turko-Egyptian rule. Don’t rewrite history.

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