Hope as Sudan rivals cease hostilities
From ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – THERE is prevailing hope for peace in troubled Sudan after the warring parties both announced the unilateral cessation of hostilities and give dialogue a chance.
President Omar el- Bashir has announced the cessation of fighting in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan States for a period of four months, with immediate effect.
Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, welcomed the announcement.
She believes against the backdrop of a similar gesture made by the armed opposition group for a cessation of hostilities for a period of six months, in April, this truce, if respected by both sides, will not only ease the suffering of the populations in the conflict areas but will also create a conducive environment for advancing the peace process in Sudan.
Dlamini-Zuma appealed to the rebel movements in the Two Areas and Darfur to take this opportunity to join the Roadmap process facilitated by the AU High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) and signed by the Government of Sudan in March.
“The signing of the Roadmap by all concerned will allow the parties to resume the negotiations, as soon as possible, and reach agreements on issues that are still outstanding and stalling the achievement of peace and stability in Sudan,” she said.
The AU has reiterated its support to the peace process.
There are currently several crises happening in Sudan, including those in Darfur, Abyei, South Kordofan and Blue Nile (referred to collectively as the Nuba Mountains), and Eastern Sudan; as well as with South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in 2011.
Unrest over political marginalization and economic issues has continued over the years.
The 2006 Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement has failed to end the conflict.
– CAJ News
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