Editorial: What Is Up?

A high-level delegation of the Republic of South Sudan, headed by Tut Galwak, the Advisor of President Salva Kiir, is supposed to arrive in Khartoum in the coming few days to conduct routine consultations which precedes the peace talks of Sudan rivals.
Tut Galwak is one of the close advisors to President Salva Kiir and besides that he is closer to the traditional Sudanese mood considering that he worked in the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) before South Sudan secession.
The question that poses itself in this regard is did Galwak get the mandate which is supposed to be provided to him from the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) as mediator representing the international community considering that the AUPSC in the sole agent of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
We believe that it is important for the AUPSC, the UNSC, IGAD, and the Troika to take a clear stance towards South Sudan peace initiative to mediate between the Sudanese transitional government and the armed groups to replace the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) Led by Thabo Mbeki or renew the mandate of the latter.
The ordinary IGAD regional summit endorsed the South Sudanese mediation for the peace talks between the transitional government and the armed groups in Sudan, but this is not enough to push forward the process.
The international community should provide all possible support to the initiative through assigning a special envoy to sponsor the negotiations as was the case in the negotiations between the NCP and the SPLM.
The demands for resuming the talks might repeat either by the armed groups as was the case now or by unforeseen circumstances which might arise at any time.
The government and the armed groups should recognize that any delay means that the stakeholders in the war-affected area will continue their suffering.
We urge all the parties related to the issue to exert all possible efforts to make the next round of talks successful, hence striking a deal to stop the guns and engage in building our modern state.

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