Sudan, the Final Touches of Peace. Will 2020 Become the Year of Peace?

Report by Najat Ahmed

Achieving peace in Sudan is the main goal of the transitional government through the current negotiations conducting in South Sudan capital, Juba between the government delegation and armed movements on the issues of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, where Sudan is on the straight line towards a comprehensive peace
Informed sources said that a state of rejection prevails within the armed movements for the participation of the delegation of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) in the peace negotiations between the Sudanese parties, while South Sudan Chief Mediator, Presidential Advisor, Tut Galwak confirmed, in statements, that his country rejected any dictates from the armed movements, saying, “FFC has the right to participate in negotiations if desired, and we will not forbid them, as it is the ruling party in Sudan.
Galwak said, at a press conference, that President Salva Kiir Mayardit and a secretariat from the United Nations, the African Union and IGAD countries will attend the opening session in support of Juba’s efforts, noting that the direct negotiating round will be in accordance with 6 track, which begins with the path of Eastern Sudan, to be followed by government negotiations with the Darfur movements on the path of that region, then the path of the Blue Nile and South Kordofan, then the north and the central, respectively
Deputy President of the Transitional Sovereign Council, First Lieutenant-General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo said that the government will not fail the aspirants of peace among the Sudanese people and leaders of the armed struggle and that it is determined to achieve it sooner rather than later.
Addressing the opening session of the third negotiation session between the government and the armed struggle movements, Daglo said that peace has become a general feeling among the Sudanese that needs only to be crowned by a comprehensive peace agreement that achieves peace and justice, adding that the government delegation came with a clear vision and a strong will to address the roots of the crisis and return with peace that fulfills the aspirations of all the parties.
The representative of the North, Central and East tracks, Al-Toam Hajo said that negotiations are dominated by patriotism and mutual trust, indicating that what is happening is dialogue and consultation on peace, stressing that psychological peace has been achieved.
Mini Arco Minawi, representative of the Darfur Movements said that the issues of Darfur are not isolated from the issues and goals of the revolution represented in freedom, justice and peace on the basis of Sudanese citizenship and the unified identity of all components of the one homeland, indicating that Sudan is going through a historical turning point that requires international and regional assistance.
Malik Agar, head of the SPLM-N , the representative of the two areas stressed the necessity of coordination and cooperation between the armed struggle movements in dealing with the issues raised, stressing that any movement will not solve the issues of its region individually, calling for deepening dialogue on the issues of displaced persons and refugees.
The head of the SPLM-N, Abdul Aziz Al-Hilu demanded recognition of pluralism and dealing with it honestly and transparently to address the roots of the crisis, pointing out that the negotiating parties face great challenges that require honesty and commitment.
The representative of the Revolutionary Front, Al-Hadi Idris stressed that their movement is aware of the developments of and challenges that the country is going through, especially the democratic transition that requires more cooperation and coordination with the transitional government.
For their part, representatives of the United Nations, the African Union and the Arab League affirmed their commitment to coordination and cooperation among themselves to promote peace efforts in Sudan.
Observers believe that reaching peace is soon because Sudan is a country of multiple customs, and religions, and there is a recognized Sudanese culture, which is tolerance and acceptance of the others.

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