CLEARED, Sudanese peace talks in Juba today
By Kitab A Unango and Nema Juma
Peace talks between the Sudanese Interim government and the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), coalition of armed groups is expected to kick off in Juba today.
Presidents Yoweri Museveni Kaguta of Uganda, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt are the possible expected guests together with IGAD delegation.
Addressing the press yesterday, the Presidential Security Advisor Tut Gatluak confirmed several heads of states within the region would attend the opening session.
“Some of the heads of states will arrive tomorrow (today) morning including the Prime Minster of Sudan, Egypt, Presidents of Egypt, Kenya and Uganda will come to attend the opening session of the talks,” Tut said.
In September last month, the Sudan Interim Government and coalition of armed oppositions signed Juba Declaration of Principle to pave ways for negotiations to end the war in Sudan.
Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, head of Sudanese government delegation and Deputy Chairman of the Sovereign Council, said they were hopeful that the discussions will lead to stability and peace in the Sudan.
“We are happy to be here for the peace talks tomorrow, we have come with open hearts and we hope the negotiation will be fruitful,” Hamdan told the press at Juba International Airport yesterday.
Talks between Sudanese government and its armed opposition groups have apparently come to yield fruit following President Kiir’s initiative to mediate Sudan peace talks.
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) will arrive in Juba today to participate in the discussions, Presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny confirmed.
Speaking to Juba Monitor yesterday on phone, Ateny said that those head of states will be from all the IGAD Countries to discuss the Sudan peace talks.
“It is the IGAD heads of states that are coming tomorrow, (Today)” Ateny said.