Sudan: Khartoum insists talks with Darfur rebels shoud focus on ceasefire only

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) -The Sudanese government has re-emphasised its stand that its negotiations with rebel movements in the restive Darfur region should focus on striking a ceasefire deal only.

The government official in the Darfur peace process, Dr. Amin Hassan Omar, was on Monday quoted by the Sudanese Media Center (SMC) as saying that the government was ready for talks with the rebel movements provided that the agenda would be around a proposed ceasefire and nothing else.

However, he said Khartoum has not until now received a word from the African Union mediators on a date for resumption of negotiations with those movements, frozen early this month, when the two sides failed to agree on an agenda for the talks.

Omar said the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), a 2011 agreement brokered by the AU, the UN and the Arab League, is considered a framework for any future negotiations.

It was however rejected by two rebel factions engaged in talks with Khartoum, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA).

SLA and JEM insist the negotiations should be open and discuss all issues, not only a ceasefire.

Khartoum said a cessation of hostilities would pave the way for a ceasefire which will then be within a political framework, the back ground for a comprehensive peace and a political settlement. But both movements insist all issues should be put on the negotiating table now.

The rebel movements that signed the Doha peace agreement are now taking part in the central and regional governments. The document is still open to any other willing Darfur rebel movement to join.

Omar said arrangements have been made for convening a meeting of the international committee on monitoring and evaluating the DDPD implementation in Nyala, South Darfur, on 12 January 2015.
-0- PANA MO/AR 29Dec2014

29 december 2014 19:50:17




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