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US, UK, Sweden pledge support for peace deal in Sudan, call on others to join

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States, United Kingdom, and Norway, collectively known as the Troika, Monday welcomed the peace agreement between the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and the civilian-led Transitional Government of Sudan.

The document was initialed on 28 August 2020 “as the first step in a long process to rebuild hope and stability for conflict-affected communities in Sudan”.

The US state Department in a statement issued Monday said the peace agreement signed in Juba, capital of South Sudan, laid a foundation for sustainable peace and stability in Darfur and other conflict-affected areas critical for Sudan’s democratic transition.

‘’We recognize the concessions all have made to conclude these negotiations and call on all parties to implement the agreement in good faith, with the same spirit of partnership and compromise, and in a way that complement the ongoing talks with other groups.” the statement said.

It argued that the agreement demonstrated the commitment of the parties to prioritize peace as called for in the August 2019 Constitutional Decree and that it was also “an important step in restoring security, dignity, and development to the population of Sudan’s conflict-affected and marginalized areas”.

The Troika said they believed the formal agreement must be followed up with local peace and reconciliation efforts in the conflict-affected areas.

They urged the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement -North -Abdelaziz al-Hilu and the Sudan Liberation Movement- Abdulwahid Al Nur to build on this achievement.

They must also engage in serious negotiations with the Government of Sudan to achieve the promise of a comprehensive peace called for by the Sudanese people in the revolution of December 2018.

They added that all Sudanese had the right to live in peace and enjoy the same privileges and responsibilities.

“Only a fully inclusive national process can address fundamental questions relating to the identity of the state,” they added.

The US, UK and Norway said they were of the view that the non-violent December 2018 Revolution provided a once-in-a generation opportunity to transform Sudan into an inclusive, peaceful, and just state.

They referred to recent increase in violence in in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, and Port Sudan as highlighting  the challenges to achieving sustainable peace.

They urged the Sudanese government and its partners to establish the Peace Commission and the Transitional Legislative Council and begin to bring accountable administration and justice to all of Sudan. 

“A just Sudan requires neutral and professional security services that protect and safeguard all Sudanese equally,” they argued.

They further called on the Sudanese Revolutionary Front and other opposition groups and political parties to put aside their differences and personal ambitions for the good of their entire country. 

“The Troika urges Sudan’s diverse communities to overcome old enmities and to unite to support this singular opportunity for lasting peace,” they advised.

They further commended the Government of South Sudan for its role in mediating the peace negotiations, and recognizing the valuable support provided by the United Nations and regional and bilateral partners that helped make the peace agreement possible.

“The Troika will continue to support the Sudanese people in their quest for freedom, peace, and justice,” the statement concluded.


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