The president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, backed down by returning the country to its former status of 10 states. However, Juba wants 3 “administrative” areas to be created. The UN described the president’s move as ‘important compromise’. Opposition reportedly disregard the three “administrative” areas. The main opposition leader, Riek Machar, arrived in Juba this week to attend IGAD summit during which he is expected to hold discussions on such sticky issues with the government. The warring parties have less than one week to make compromises and agree to form a unity government as stipulated in the revitalized peace agreement signed by all sides. But can this path be pivotal to bringing peace to the country?
Majur Chol Khor is in Juba, and sent us this report.