Panafrican News Agency

France welcomes peace deal between Sudanese government, armed movements

Paris, France (PANA) - France Tuesday welcomed the peace deal signed Monday in Juba between the Sudanese transitional authorities, an official statement issued here Tuesday and sent to PANA said.

Representatives of the vice-president of the Council of Sovereignty, Mohamed Hamdane Daglo, the armed movements of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front, and the Sudanese Liberation Movement (SLM/Minni Minawi) signed the agreement to end 17 years of war.

The statement by the French Foreign Affairs ministry said France “expresses the wish that this deal enables to bring back peace in Darfur and in the regions of Blue Nile and South-Kordofan after decades of violence".

The Sudanese government in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, signed the deal with rebel groups in the different regions of the country, including the states of the Blue Nile, Darfur and southern Kordofan, torn apart by conflict.

The peace deal focused on eight protocols, namely security, land property, transitional justice, repairing and compensations, and the development of the nomadic and pastoral sector.

It also covered the sharing of riches and power, the return of refugees and the displaced, the dismantling of armed movements, and the integration of their combatants into the regular army.

“France calls the armed movements who did not sign the 31 August deal to engage with goodwill in the negotiations with the Sudanese authorities, and to contribute to the reconciliation efforts made by all Sudanese within the framework of the ongoing political transition in Sudan,” the French foreign affairs ministry said.

Armed groups that did not sign the peace deal included the Sudanese Liberation Movement/Army Wahid Nur (SLM/A-AW), one of the main armed groups in Darfur, as well as the Sudanese Popular Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) commanded by Abdel Aziz al-Hilu, who controls some parties of South Kordofan and the Blue Nile.

In February 2003, conflict broke out in Darfur when the Sudanese Army Liberation Movement (SLM/A), unified at that time, and the Movement for Justice and Equality (JEM) carried out a war against the government, which responded, with its allies, the Janjaweed militias, with cruel brutality, killing about 300,000 people and displacing more than two million others.

In June 2011, conflict broke out in South Kordofan and reached the Blue Nile in September the same year as the governmental forces were fighting the Sudanese popular liberation movement (SPLM/A-N), forcing at least 200,000 civilians to find refuge in South Sudan.

The fighting has displaced about 1.5 million people inside the two states during the past nine years.


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