Editorial: Sudan and Peace Road

In the news, South Sudan’s Special Presidential Envoy Tut Galwak discussed with Sudanese officials his government efforts to hold Sudan’s peace process next month in Juba.
Tut met with the members of the Sovereign Council Mohamed Al-Faki and Shams Al-Din Kabbashi who are part of the government’s negotiating team.
In press statements after the meeting, the visiting South Sudanese presidential envoy said that the meeting dealt with the issue of peace and the ongoing arrangements for the launch of the peace process between the Sudanese government and the armed movements on 14 October.
He further expressed hope that peace will be achieved as soon as possible.
The South Sudanese presidential aide stressed that President Salva Kiir had directed to exert efforts to hold a successful peace process and achieve lasting peace in Sudan.
He further reiterated the readiness of the government and people of South Sudan to host and facilitate negotiations between the Sudanese government and armed movements.
He said a high-level delegation of Sudanese armed movements would visit Khartoum in the coming days as a gesture of goodwill.
The armed groups decided to send a delegation to Khartoum, including Yassir Arman, SRF deputy secretary-general and Aal-Tom Hajo the speaker of the SRF legislative body.
It is apparent that all the Sudanese parties in the government or in the opposition have a strong will and positive desire to make the peace process a success to fold the bitter chapters of Sudan’s history since 1955 which were dominated by civil wars.
The armed conflicts hindered the development of Sudan and delayed its catching up with the developed nations.
Now, with the good intentions of all the Sudanese under the leadership of the Sovereign Council and the Council of Ministers along with the opposition parties and armed groups, we feel that we are inching to achieve the aspired comprehensive peace.
The negotiations will not be an easy task due to the complications surrounding it, considering that the issue is linked to power-share, IDPs, land ownership, and the local administrations etc.
Added to this is the dealing with the partial political agreement signed years ago.
We should consider all the complications surrounding the peace process to achieve the aspired comprehensive peace; otherwise we will fail in reaching a historic settlement to close this bitter chapter in our history.

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