US: US, Britain, Norway, Germany, EU laud Sudan's roadmap for peace

New York, US (PANA) - The US, Britain, Norway, Germany, and the European Union (EU) have welcomed the signing of the Roadmap Agreement by the Justice and Equality Movement, the Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minnawi, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, and the National Umma Party, in a move to end the conflicts in Sudan.

The Sudanese political and rebel groups signed the roadmap agreement on 8 August to facilitate a peaceful settlement to the conflicts in Sudan, which was proposed by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) and signed by the Government of Sudan on 21 March 2016.

In a joint statement, made available to PANA in New York on Wednesday, the governments of the US, Britain, Norway, Germany, and the EU, said: "In signing the Roadmap Agreement, these groups have taken an important first step in ending the conflicts in Sudan and moving towards a process of dialogue as a basis for lasting peace in their country."

"We welcome the support of the Roadmap by other members of the Sudan Call alliance of opposition groups. We also commend the Government of Sudan for signing the Roadmap Agreement on 16 March 2016, and subsequently clarifying its commitments regarding the inclusion of other relevant stakeholders in the National Dialogue and to continue to uphold any decisions reached between the opposition signatories and the 7 7 Mechanism, the steering committee of the National Dialogue," they stated.

They also said: "We recognize the opposition parties expressed valid concerns which have been noted by the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP). We believe these constitute legitimate agenda items for any preparatory meetings."

The governments also noted that the agreement constitutes a valuable step towards ending the wars in Sudan and urged the signatories to lose no further time in agreeing to a cessation of hostilities and modalities for humanitarian access in Darfur and other regions in the country.

"In parallel, we encourage opposition parties in Sudan to seize this opportunity to come together inside a process of dialogue to achieve a political settlement addressing the challenges that continue to face their people, and we appeal to the Government of Sudan to take all necessary steps to ensure a conducive environment for this process to succeed.

"We wish to underscore the significant efforts of the AUHIP in helping to achieve this Roadmap Agreement, and we call on the signatories to engage constructively and sincerely to build on the Roadmap in order to realize a peaceful and stable Sudan," they stressed.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also lauded the endorsement of the agreement by the opposition parties, saying he was "encouraged by this valuable step towards ending the war and resolving the crises in Sudan".

Ban called on all Sudanese parties to "maintain this positive momentum", and urged them to continue working towards an agreement on a cessation of hostilities, humanitarian access to conflict-affected areas and the process for reaching a final, political settlement through an inclusive national dialogue.

Also, in Khartoum, Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) issued a statement in which it expressed the hope that the process would succeed and put Sudanese on the path for development and prosperity.

"Sudanese people's patience vis-à-vis the wars and conflicts that have been imposed on them for three decades would finally yield peace and stability that would result in progress and prosperity," the NCP said on Wednesday.
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10 august 2016 15:21:59

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