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More opposition parties applaud AU statements on Sudan

August 28 - 2015 KHARTOUM
Maryam El Sadig El Mahdi, NUP deputy-chairman (Nogdallahblogspot)
Maryam El Sadig El Mahdi, NUP deputy-chairman (Nogdallahblogspot)

Sudan's opposition parties have welcomed the outcomes of the newest African Union Peace and Security Council's meeting on Tuesday. The council repeated the importance of a holistic approach to solve the multiple crises in Sudan and realise a democratic transformation.

The National Umma Party described the council's decision, to call on the Sudanese government to desist from any actions that would jeopardise an all-inclusive national dialogue and to hold an urgent pre-dialogue meeting that includes all relevant parties, as a “victory for the national political vision that will lead to a democratic transformation”.

Umma Party deputy-chairman Maryam El Sadig El Mahdi said in an interview with Radio Dabanga that the Peace and Security Council's (AUPSC) decision was in conformity with the vision of the opposition forces. She praised that the council called for including issues in the national dialogue such as the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, also known as the Two Regions.

The decision of the AUPSC was reached, El Mahdi said, after the failure of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, which was first signed in 2011, to reach a lasting peace in the conflict region. She pointed out that the best example of this failure is the brawl between delegates of signatory former rebel movements during an inauguration ceremony of development projects in Khartuom on Wednesday. “That does not look like the people in Darfur.”

“This decision by the council can be considered a failure of the Sudanese diplomaticy, in spite of the tours the Sudanese Foreign Minister, Ibrahim Ghandour, has made to [...] African countries.”

“The document explicitly accuses the Sudanese government of disrupting all the efforts to a peaceful solution in Darfur and the Two Regions.”

Also the National Consensus Forces (NCF, an alliance of opposition parties) have welcomed the outcome of the 359th AUPSC meeting. Siddig Yousif, one of the alliance's leaders, considered the document as “explicitly accusing the Sudanese government of disrupting all the efforts to a peaceful solution in Darfur and the Two Regions”.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, he predicted that the ninety-day period deadline set by the African Union will pass without achieving any progress in the national dialogue. “The National Congress Party does not want any fruitful dialogue but wants a dialogue leading to fake participations.”

“This is a successful decision,” said Abdallah Mousa of the Beja Congress party in eastern Sudan. “The dialogue with both the armed and unarmed opposition is still going on in a vicious circle because of the intransigence of the government, and its non-acceptance of providing dialogue requirements.”

He expressed his sadness at the President's speech in the national dialogues’ general assembly last week, and believes his response to the demands to stop the censorship of media and allow freedom of assembly as “not encouraging”.

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