Bashir forms “High Peace Council” in Sudan

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan has formed a robust presidential body, called the High Council for Peace (HCP), with the mandate to achieve and consolidate peace in the country.

According to the official media, including Radio Omdurman, of Friday, the HCP is to carry out the duties of stepping up efforts for achieving peace in the war zones (Darfur, South Kordufan, and Blue Nile) and disseminating the peace culture among the citizens on the media.

The HCP will support efforts and programmes of the organizations and bodies working for peace, with a view to delivering aid to the needy in agreement with the United Nations and donor nations in rebel-controlled areas through safe corridors

It will also seek to continue dialogue with the rebel movements to persuade them to join the peace process, seek international assistance to help in efforts for the voluntary return and resettlement of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in addition to contributing to other efforts to resolve tribal conflicts.

The HCP is chaired by President Bashir himself and is made up of 105 members that include the two Vice Presidents, the four Presidential Assistants, the Speaker of the National Assembly, 15 ministers, seven governors of the states of Darfur, South Kordufan and Blue Nile (the war zones), the National Intelligence and Security Service Director General, 16 women, heads of a number of pro-government parties and a number of prominent personalities, including religious and Sufi sects leaders.

The formation of the council comes only one week before a scheduled round of peace talks between the government of Sudan and leaders of remaining rebel movements that did not sign the peace agreement with Khartoum, and who are labelled in the official media as the holdout movements.

The talks will be hosted by the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 2 February.

The talks are brokered by the African union and presided over by former South African president Thabo Mbeki.

President Bashir has earlier formed five sovereign councils -- The Presidency Affairs Council, The National Macroeconomic Council, The National Council for Information, The National Council for Foreign Policy, and The National Council for Peace and Unity.

President Bashir will chair each one of these councils and the membership of each of them includes the vice presidents and the presidential assistants, among others.

According to a Presidential Decrees, those councils will follow up the overall performance of the state's organs and oversee implementation of the National Dialogue Conference in the fields of peace, unity, economy, foreign policy and information.

Analysts say that the move by President Bashir is aimed at bringing all concerned stakeholders in the prolonged peace process into one coordination and powerful body, to ensure full implementation of outcomes and to have a unified policy making body
-0- PANA MO/VAO 26Jan2019

26 january 2018 13:56:41




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