Ethiopia: AU welcomes signature of Sudan’s roadmap deal by opposition parties

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has welcomed the signing of the Roadmap Agreement by opposing parties in  Sudan which aims to achieve a permanent end to conflicts in the country.

By joining the Government of Sudan in signing the Agreement, the AU chief executive said the parties have concluded the process of adoption of the deal “which represents an important breakthrough in returning the Sudanese security and political negotiations and processes back on track.”

On Tuesday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Sudanese political and armed opposition signed the deal that was developed in March 2016 under the auspices of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to resolve pending challenges in Darfur, Blue Nile and the Nubba mountains as well as other political issues in their country.

The Roadmap Agreement was signed by the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army–Minni Minawi (SLM/A-MM), the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement- North (SPLM-N), and the National Umma Party (NUP).

Dlamini Zuma has, in a statement released Wednesday by the AUC, urged the parties “to sustain the momentum of the Roadmap by ensuring rapid progress in the negotiations that will now resume in Addis Ababa on a cessation of hostilities and much-needed humanitarian access for the Two Areas and Darfur.”

She called on the parties to cooperate with the United Nations and other humanitarian agencies to ensure that the needs of civilians affected by the conflict in the Two Areas and Darfur are effectively addressed.

With regard to the Sudanese National Dialogue, the AUC Chairperson encouraged the parties to take the necessary measures to achieve a genuinely inclusive dialogue that includes key opposition political parties, armed movements and other Sudanese interlocutors.

She reiterated the significance of the Dialogue as a process that would lead to the adoption of a new national constitution to address Sudan’s multiple challenges and thereby ensure stability and sustained prosperity for the country.

In addition, the AUC chief has invited all other Sudanese political and civil society formations, and the general Sudanese public, to endorse and support the Roadmap Agreement and processes as the most significant opportunity for achieving the democratic transformation of Sudan.

She commended the AUHIP chair, former South African President Thabo Mbeki, and Gen.  Abdusalami Abubakar of Nigeria as member of the Panel, as well as the support staff, for their outstanding commitment and support, beyond the call of duty, to the Sudanese parties in their quest for lasting peace, security, reconciliation and democracy in their country.

Dlamini Zuma also welcomed the vigorous efforts of the government of Ethiopia and other international partners including the United Nations, IGAD, the European Union, the Troika of the United States, United Kingdom and Norway, as well as Germany, and other organisations, who have encouraged the parties to sign the Roadmap Agreement.

Looking forward to their continuing cooperation with the AU in supporting the parties to complete the political and negotiation processes ahead, the Chairperson underscored that the AU “remains steadfast in supporting the Sudanese parties, guided by the full understanding that they have the capacity to address all challenges that continue to face their people.”
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10 august 2016 15:09:53

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