Panafrican News Agency

Sudanese sign peace deal yet to attract another region

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and the civilian-led Transitional Government of Sudan signed an agreement Monday in Juba, capital of South Sudan, hoping to end a decade and-a-half of bloody conflict in Darfur and the Blue Nile.

The two sides initialed eight documents that settled disputes ranging from power sharing to integration of eight rebel armies into the national army.

It will also lead to the resettlement of millions of displaced persons and refugees spread over neighbouring countries and beyond.

“This agreement would never have materialized had it not been for the revolution that removed the tyrannical governmental that was in place,” said Yassir Arman, one of the leaders of the Revolutionary Front.

The deal brought together the federal government with leaders from Darfur and the Blue Nile regions.

Darfur and Blue Nile are two out of the three regions that have continued to witness intermittent unrest well before a peace deal was signed between Khartoum and southern rebels in 2005.

The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) led to the independence of south Sudan. The third region is the Nuba Mountain Area.

The leader of the rebel movement from the Nuba Mountain area, Abdul Azia Hilo, said he wanted a clear demarcation between state and religion else he would call his fellow citizens in the area to opt for cessation.

A round of talks is still planned with him in Juba, South Sudan, at a date to be set by the government of South Sudan, the mediators of the current deal.

Although the agreement has included Darfur rebel movements, one splinter group, the Sudan Liberation Army of Abdul Wahid, abstained.

It’s self exiled leader, Nour, still believes that what has been achieved is not up to his demands, a total dismantling of all central Sudan’s establishment.

However, Sudanese Prime minister Dr Abdallah Hamdouk and the Chair of the Sovereign Council, a collective presidency in the Sudan, have appealed to Nour to join the process, saying the door remained open for others to join it.

The deal was welcomed by the African Union, European Union and the United States of America.


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