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Sudan Presidency: Govt, Darfur movements ‘agree on key issues’

January 5 - 2017 KHARTOUM
Nicholas Haysom, envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Sudan and South Sudan (UN Photo / Mark Garten)
Nicholas Haysom, envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Sudan and South Sudan (UN Photo / Mark Garten)

The Sudanese government has “reached agreements on the key issues with the armed Darfuri movements in informal meetings that have recently taken place,” according to Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid, Assistant to the President of Sudan.

Speaking on Wednesday, after meeting with Nicholas Haysom, the envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Sudan and South Sudan, Hamid expressed hope ‘to resolve the issues once and for all in the coming rounds’.

Mahmoud pointed out that the government has agreed to all the proposals in the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) roadmap and the arrangements that have been agreed on with the US envoy which stressed that the roadmap is the basis for any peace process.

Haysom

During his meeting with President Omar Al Bashir in Khartoum on Wednesday, Nicholas Haysom called for the need to achieve total peace between the two neighbouring countries.

Haysom: “The international community seeks to restore normal relations between Khartoum and Juba and create opportunities to achieve development and stability in South Sudan”.

The UN envoy told reporters that he and the President discussed the conditions in the two nations and the role that could be played by Sudan as a member of the regional bloc IGAD (that comprises the countries of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda) to achieve peace and stability in South Sudan.

“The meeting also reviewed relations between Khartoum and Juba and how they could cooperate to achieve peace and stability in the region,” he said.

Civil Society Initiative

In its first general assembly, the Sudanese Civil Society Initiative elected Dr Amin Mekki Madani as its chairman and elected 21 members of the Executive Committee. The Civil Society Initiative consists of a number of Sudanese voluntary organisations. It emerged in December 2014 when Sudan Appeal was signed by the National Umma Party, the SPLA North, Justice and Equality and the SLM.

In a statement issued by the initiative on Wednesday, the general assembly retained the name "Civil Society Initiative," adding, "a name which was associated with the initiative since signing of Sudan Appeal with the Revolutionary Front, the National Umma Party, and the National Consensus Forces in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa by the end of the year 2014.”


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