Sudan: US wants rebels, opposition to engage in peace talks with Khartoum

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The US has called on Sudanese rebel and opposition groups “in and outside of Sudan” to sign the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) roadmap and enter into peaceful political negotiations with the Government of Sudan.

The state Department on Saturday issued a statement, received by PANA in Khartoum, saying its envoy to the Sudan and South Sudan, Donald Booth, travelled to Khartoum where he met with officials, including presidential assistant and the Minister of foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Ghandour.

The statement said on 29-30 June, Envoy Booth visited Khartoum and engaged with government officials on a range of issues, including the political negotiations to end the conflicts, the National Dialogue, and implementation of a cessation of hostilities.

The statement said the US official also met with the leadership of the United Nations African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) on how to support its efforts to protect civilians and achieve a sustainable end to conflict in Darfur.

The release said America recognizes Ghandour’s 29 June call for reconciliation in Sudan, his Government’s stated commitment to rebuilding Darfur after more than a decade of war, and his remarks about the negative impact the conflict has had on the lives and living conditions of the Sudanese people.

“We welcome the announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 30 that all Sudanese forces have been instructed to cease offensive operations in Darfur, which follows the Government of Sudan’s recent declaration of a unilateral cessation of hostilities in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile.” it said.

The release added that the United States also welcomes the Humanitarian Aid Commission’s 29 June pledge to enhance cooperation and coordination with UN organizations and international NGOs, adding that the implementation of these commitments would be an important step toward achieving peace in all of Sudan.

It urged the Sudanese government to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches all populations in need throughout Sudan, renewing America’s stand that there is no military solution to Sudan’s conflicts.
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02 july 2016 12:20:11

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