The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North has officially declared its participation in the peace talks in Addis Ababa on Thursday 13 February. “The government has no way out, except for the comprehensive solution for Sudan’s issues.”
Yasir Arman, the Secretary-General of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-N) declared in an interview with Radio Dabanga on Friday that he will lead the delegation consisting of nine people. “For the first time, the team will include experts from the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and the political spectrum. They will negotiate with seven government experts in each round of talks.”
Participants of the delegation are amongst others Dr el Shafee Khidir of the Sudanese Communist Party, Blue Nile political leader Farah Agar, Solomun Jamus of the Justice and Equality Movement, Sudanese human rights activist and member of the Enough Project Omar Gamar Adin Ismail, female activist Mrs Najwa Musa, Andudu Adam Anil, and Mohamed Abdallah Khater.
Talks will test the NCP
Arman assured that the delegation will go to Addis Ababa with a “very clear plan to solve all issues of Sudan and in particular the conflict areas, as well as the political and humanitarian issues.” He predicted that the talks will be a real test for the ruling National Congress Party (NCP). “Will President Omar Al Bashir’s earlier remarks come true and is he willing to deal with all political parties, or is he attempting to prolong the process of change?
“What the SPLM-N wants, is to make the convention of 28 June 2011 to be a springboard for a comprehensive solution for the problems in Sudan. We want to reach the roadmap that can make the NCP recognise the real crisis in the country, and also recognise the ways of resolving it, which is a cessation of the war.”
The general-secretary added the abolition of oppressing rules on public freedoms, and the formation of a transitional government, “which is agreed with the members of the SRF”.
He concluded that “there are clear signals in the 2011 agreement about the comprehensive constitutional process”, hoping Khartoum is serious and willing to agree to this solution for Sudan’s problems.
File photo: Yasir Arman, Secretary-General of the SPLM-N
Related: Sudan rejects SPLM-N’s demand to discuss humanitarian issues (7 February 2014)