Sudan’s rebel, Council agree on peace talks principles

By Jale Richard

The ruling Sovereign Council and Sudan rebels have agreed on principles that would guide them during the peace talks. The peace talks expected to begin in October would last for about two months, according to the officials.

The Sovereign Council took over the government in August after military and civilian parties and protest groups signed a three-year power-sharing deal to end months of conflict following the ouster of former president Omar al-Bashir in April.

Sudanese officials and rebels signed the initial agreement in front of diplomats including Amb Ismail Wais, IGAD Special Envoy to Sudan peace talks, Kenyan Envoy to South Sudan, UN representatives, and other diplomats.

According to the signed documents, the Sudanese leaders will resume talks in Juba in the middle of October; release all prisoners of war, abolish death penalty against the opposition leaders, open roads, corridors and safe passages for humanitarian assistance, and declare permanent ceasefire.

Yasir Arman, the Deputy Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLM-North) rebel group said: “Today’s signing aims at the implementation of the peace confidence building that came in the constitutional declaration.”

Meanwhile on behalf of the government, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, a member of the Sovereign Council signed the deal.

“We want assure you and the people of Sudan that we are ready to pay all the damages of the war and we will assure you that time of war is gone forever,” Dagalo said.  

The rebels have been fighting against then-President Bashir’s regime since 2003 where thousands of people have been killed in the western Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions.

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