Committee to present draft final agreement to Sudan’s civil and military actors

Presidential Palace in Khartoum (File photo: Supplied)


The Final Agreement Drafting Committee, consisting of 11 men and women members of the more than 40 civil opposition parties and groups under the umbrella of the mainstream Forces for Freedom and Change-Central Council (FFC-CC), and a representative of both the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), have completed an initial draft of the final agreement. The committee will hand it over to the military and civil parties officially involved in the political process at a meeting to be held at the Republican Palace in Khartoum this evening.

The spokesperson for the political process, Khalid Yousif, pointed out in a press statement via the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) that the draft will be discussed between the various parties in order to reach a final formula. This will be signed after completing the discussions on the draft and completing the details of some remaining issues in the security and military reform file.

The official spokesman for the political process, Khalid Yousif (File photo: SUNA)

He added that the initial draft agreement is based on specific references, which are the framework agreement, the political declaration that was discussed with the non-signatory forces, the draft of the transitional constitution, and the recommendations of the four workshops that were held within the final stage of the political process.

The separate security and military reform workshop will open today, in the Friendship Hall, which over four days, will discuss issues of reform in the military and security system, leading to a single professional and national army, security arrangements, and reform of the police and intelligence services, SUNA reports.

The workshop will be held with wide participation of the regular forces, representatives of the political forces, pensioners of the regular forces, and specialists from inside and outside Sudan, while the recommendations of the workshop will be included into the final political agreement.

‘Commitment to transferring power‘

As previously reported by Radio Dabanga, Sudan’s Sovereignty Council member Lt Gen Yasir El Ata, emphasised the military’s commitment to transferring power to a civilian government during a Security Forces graduation ceremony in Nyala, South Darfur last week.

El Ata expressed confidence in Sudan’s largest political spectrum to complete the democratic transition despite the complexity of the process. He urged graduating forces to join up for “the sake of Sudan’s land and people,” as the military aims to form a “unified army with one national faith.”

He called on the two hold-out movements, SPLM-N El Hilu and SLM-AW, to join the peace process, highlighting the two critical items of security arrangements and the issue of the displaced and refugees outlined in the Juba Peace Agreement.