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Darfur governors, El Sadig El Mahdi call for peace in Sudan

September 27 - 2015 DARFUR / CAIRO
El Sadig El Mahdi during an interview with Reuters in Cairo, 22 October 2014 (Shadi Bushra/Reuters)
El Sadig El Mahdi during an interview with Reuters in Cairo, 22 October 2014 (Shadi Bushra/Reuters)

On the occasion of Eid Al Adha (Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice), the governors of the five Darfur states have called for peaceful coexistence for all. Umma Party Leader El Sadig El Mahdi requested Khartoum to draw a road map for peace and democratic transformation in the country.

In their Eid speeches, all five governors pledged to exert their efforts to achieve peace, stability, and development in Darfur. They renounced racism, requested the Darfuris to overcome their grievances and to strengthen “the bonds of brotherhood and camaraderie among all”.

The native administration leaders also called for a stop of fighting and bloodshed in the region. They appealed to the people to “act and repair the social fabric”, and expressed their hope that the displaced and refugees may soon return home in a peaceful Darfur.

National dialogue

The head of the National Umma Party (NUP), El Sadig El Mahdi, appealed to President Omar Al Bashir to respond to “the historic opportunity” to draw a road map for peace and democratic transformation in Sudan.

In his annual Eid sermon on Thursday, El Mahdi criticised the Sudanese government’s attempt to fragment the national dialogue process, by dividing the National Dialogue into the 7+7 National Dialogue Committee that must cover the civil political forces, the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur which the Darfuri holdout armed groups are supposed to sign, and the 2012 UN Security Council resolution 2046 to reach peace with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

“The Sudanese regime is splitting the National Dialogue into bilateral agreements to maintain its control over the country,” he said.

The NUP leader expressed his hope that in its next session, the UN Security Council will expand Resolution 2046 putting more pressure on Khartoum to comply with “a just, comprehensive, and sustainable peace and democratic transformation in Sudan”.


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