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REVIEW – Military officers on Security Arrangements

Rajab Mohandis, a Civil Society Delegate at the Peace Talks [Internet Photo]

By David Mono Danga

The IGAD Mediation Team has engaged military officers from parties to the conflict to review the technical aspects of the Transitional Security Arrangements.

According to Rajab Mohandis, a Civil Society Delegate at the Peace Talks, Sudan had constituted Mediation Team, to facilitate the Khartoum Round of Talks towards a final agreement on the conflict in South Sudan.

He added that IGAD’s Mediation Taskforce involved in the Addis Ababa talks (the HLRF), briefed the new Sudanese Mediation Team on the progress made in Addis Ababa and the remaining outstanding issues on both Transitional Governance and Security Arrangements.

“On Sunday the Mediation Team consulted five political groups on outstanding issues on the revised IGAD Bridging Proposal on governance,” Rajab Mohandis, noted in his summary of the prevalent events of the ongoing peace talks in Sudan to the media.

Mahandis said on Monday the Sudanese Mediation Team consulted the Civil Society delegates including religious leaders, eminent persons, women, youth and business community, where the civil society requested for the latest copy of the Bridging Proposal on governance, reviewed and provided recommendations to the Sudanese Mediation Team.

According to Mohandis, the Mediation Team while consulting with the civil society said on Monday that they were optimistic about the peace process.

He said the mediation team counted as a progress; the face-to-face talks between President Kiir and Dr. Machar in Addis and Khartoum, the Khartoum Declaration with agreement on permanent ceasefire and the decision of IGAD to request for postponement of punitive measures/sanctions to allow the parties engage in the process.

The Mediation Team, he said based on the consultations in Khartoum, would develop a new revised version of the Bridging Proposal and share with participating stakeholders for their review and possibly final comments.

They promised that the round of talks would be an inclusive process as was the case in Addis Ababa and no participating stakeholder would be left out and the final outcome of the process be agreed upon by all participating stakeholders.

The Round of Talks in Khartoum is to continue until July 10, 2018.





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