Sudan: AU welcomes signing of roadmap by Sudanese Government

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union has commended Khartoum for signing a road map prepared by Thabo Mbeki, the head of African Union High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP), aimed to help warring parties in Sudan end their differences.

The AU has meanwhile called on rebel and opposition leaders who have not yet signed the document to "urgently sign the Agreement”, according an AU press release received by PANA in Khartoum on Thursday.

The release said the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, welcomed the signing by the Government of Sudan of the Roadmap Agreement, developed during strategic consultations, held from 18 to 21 March 2016 in Addis Ababa under the auspices of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP).

It noted that the strategic consultations brought together the Government of Sudan, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army–Minni Minawi (SLM/A-MM), the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), and the National Umma Party (NUP).

The release said the Dr Dlamini-Zuma notes that the Roadmap Agreement represents an important milestone in determining a practicable way forward towards ensuring progress in the negotiations on cessation of hostilities and a Permanent Ceasefire in the Two Areas and Darfur, and in ensuring an inclusive National Dialogue in Sudan as a basis for lasting peace in the country.

“The Chairperson of the Commission commends the Government of Sudan for signing the Roadmap Agreement, as part of efforts aimed at addressing the numerous challenges facing Sudan,” the release said.

It adds that the Chairperson notes that the other parties to the Strategic Consultations did not sign the Roadmap Agreement.

The release said Dr Dlamini-Zuma has called upon these parties to urgently sign the Agreement, and latest by 28 March, in order to give impetus to a process that shall lead to the settlement of Sudan’s multiple conflicts.  

The AU underlined that it “remains steadfast in supporting the Sudanese parties, guided by the full understanding that the Sudanese parties have the capacity and the political will to address all challenges that continue to face their people”.
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24 march 2016 08:08:52

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