By: Zuleikha Abdul Raziq
Khartoum- The Mediation Committee yesterday handed over to the Transitional Military Council (TMC) in Sudan and the alliance of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) the final document of the agreement that had been reached between the two parties for final signing at a date to be determined later on.
The formulation of the document of the agreement was completed Tuesday at a meeting held at the Republican Palace in Khartoum between the TMC and FFC, during which they declared start of a new stage in the history of the Sudan.
TMC Spokesman Lt. Gen. Shams-Eddin Kabbashi said the mediation committee presented to the parties the document of the agreement on the formation of the structures of government for the transitional period for review prior to determining the date of its final signing at a big national celebration to be attended by heads of state and government and regional and international organizations.
Kabbashi, who assumes the post of chairman of TMC Political Committee, explained that the meeting was convened in the context of consultations and follow up of the completion of the document, which it has become ready now, denying existence of any differences over the document.
Leading figure of FFC Adel Khalafallah has described the final signing of the agreement as constituting a big turning point and a victory for the Sudanese will and it is an important African-Arab event.
Khalafallah stressed that the decisions of the Sovereign Council will be conciliatory so that no party can be singled out any decisions issued by this Council.
On the other hand, consultations between FFC and the Revolutionary Front began in Addis Ababa to discuss the document recently signed with the TMC on arrangements for the transitional period and to discuss the course of the peace process in Sudan.
The meetings will discuss the peace process and the formation of a transitional government, as well as coordination of the process of democratic transformation in Sudan, according to sources participating in the meetings, who confirmed that the delegation FFC will present the agreement to be signed with TMC to the leaders of the armed factions to hear their opinion and final consultation in it.
The sources added that these meetings also aim to contain the differences that emerged between the two sides following the agreement reached between TMC and FFC in early July and will also address the marginalized issues, such as the issue of unifying the army in Sudan under the multiple Sudanese forces, besides the forces of the armed movements.
The head of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Malik Agar, Maryam Sadiq, deputy head of the National Umma Party, Minni Arko Minnawi and Jibril Ibrahim, head of the Justice and Equality Movement, arrived in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, while Yassir Arman Deputy Head of SPLM-N is expected to arrive later.