Sudan: Sudan welcomes Troika's position on conflict in the country

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has renewed its commitment to a unilateral ceasefire in the conflict areas of western and south eastern Sudan, welcoming a statement by the United States and its European allies, known as the Troika, who have recognised Khartoum's efforts to reach a settlement of the conflict in those areas.

The state-run radio Omdurman said on Sunday that the Foreign Ministry had renewed the government's “commitment to continue its great peace efforts, work harder and sincerely, along with the other Sudanese parties to achieve peace”.

The Foreign Ministry said Sudan would “continue its cooperation with the African Mediator, former South African President Thabo Mbeki, who has exerted great efforts in this connection”.

The Troika, made up of Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States, on Friday said it was encouraged by the Sudan government's decision to accept a US proposal for supporting humanitarian assistance to the two areas in the Sudan.

In a statement released by the US state Department, the Troika expressed its continued support for the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) peace process, led by former South African President Mbeki.

The Troika said it was encouraged by the Government of Sudan's decision to accept the United States' proposal to support humanitarian assistance to South Kordufan and Blue Nile states.

The statement said the US proposal was intended to facilitate humanitarian assistance to affected populations in the two areas, in line with AUHIP's efforts for broader negotiated humanitarian access.

The Troika urged the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North to swiftly accept this proposal and facilitate the delivery of life-saving assistance to those in need in the areas.

“The ongoing unilateral ceasefires are a significant step toward peace throughout Sudan,” it said, adding that in order to realise sustainable peace, all parties must engage in a political process.

The Sudanese Ministry’s statement pointed out that the Sudan government highly appreciated the Troika's continuous efforts and support to the Road map which aims at reaching permanent peace and stability in South Kordufan, the Blue Nile and Darfur.
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19 february 2017 12:37:20

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