Home | News    Wednesday 4 October 2006

SLM- Bassey renews commitment to Darfur ceasefire accords

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

Oct 3, 2006 (PARIS) — In response to a letter from the UN envoy to Sudan, a Darfur rebel faction renewed its commitment to Darfur ceasefire agreements signed with the Sudanese government.

JPEG - 10.9 kb
Ahmed Abdelshafi Bassey

In a letter to the UN special envoy to Sudan Jan Pronk, the leader of a faction of the Sudan Liberation Movement, Ahmed Abdelshafi Bassey, reiterated his commitment to ceasefire accords signed with Khartoum.

“The Movement honors, and at all times, all previously signed agreements with the Government of Sudan, especially those related to ceasefire.”

Two weeks ago, the UN envoy sent a letter to the Sudanese government and Darfur rebel groups urging them to observe a truce during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan to let relief workers operate in the region.

“We assure you that, the SLM/A forces in Darfur will take even extra measures during the Holy month of Ramadan to observe and implement all previously signed ceasefire agreements and protocols” said Bassey.

In a letter sent to Pronk on 27 September, the rebel leader stressed on the readiness of his group to hold talks with the Sudanese government “to finding a peaceful and comprehensive resolution to the Sudanese conflict in Darfur”.

An estimated 200,000 people have been killed since violence erupted in Darfur in 2003. Underfinanced African Union (AU) troops are struggling to enforce a much-violated 2004 ceasefire between government forces and rebel groups in the region.

In May, one rebel faction and the government signed a peace agreement but other rebel groups have refused to sign. Violence in the region has escalated since May and aid workers say their access has been cut signficantly.

U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said last month the situation in the region was going "from really bad to catastrophic".

Pronk said a halt to fighting would lead to "creating an atmosphere whereby you can start talking again rather than fighting again with each other." It would also allow U.N. agencies to reach those in need, he said.

— 

Below the text of the SLm leader, Ahmed Abdelshafi Bassey, to the UN special envoy to Sudan Jan Pronk:

Sudan Liberation Movement/Army

Date: September 27, 2006

To The Right Honorable: Mr. Jan Pronk, Special Representative of the Secretary General for the Sudan

Dear: Mr. Pronk

I have received your letter dated September 22nd, 2006 with Reference: OSRSG/AMD.02/MDS/06.187. Thank you for your letter.

The Movement honors, and at all times, all previously signed agreements with the Government of Sudan, especially those related to ceasefire. We assure you that, the SLM/A forces in Darfur will take even extra measures during the Holy month of Ramadan to observe and implement all previously signed ceasefire agreements and protocols.

Meanwhile, the SLM/A affirms its commitment to finding a peaceful solution to the Darfur Conflict. To that end, the SLM/A will cooperate with all those who are working diligently to finding a peaceful and comprehensive resolution to the Sudanese conflict in Darfur. The SLM/A stands ready to engage in open and serious dialogue/negotiations with the Government of Sudan.

On behalf of the SLM/A, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you personally and the United Nations for your unconditional and relentless support to the victims of the Sudanese conflict in Darfur.

I am looking forward to working with you to finding a peaceful settlement to the Darfur Conflict. Meanwhile, I remain,

Truly yours,

Ahmed Abdulshafi Bassey

Chairman Designate,

Sudan Liberation Movement/Army

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Sudan’s removal from terror list taints U.S. values 2018-11-10 08:34:32 November, 9th, 2018 The Honorable Michael Richard Pompeo Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C St NW, Washington DC 20520 USA RESPONSE BY SUDAN LIBERATION MOVEMENT (SLM/A-AW) TO (...)

R-ARCISS: A Peace that divides the signatories and non-signatories 2018-11-10 07:58:28 By Tito Awen, Juba-South Sudan I keep wondering if peace can divide or unite the partners. I am not so young nor unmindful not to have known what happened after signing of the Comprehensive (...)

U.S. Move Ignores Sudan’s Abuses Against its Own People 2018-11-09 06:56:11 U.S. Considers Lifting Sudan’s ‘Terror State’ Designation By Jehanne Henry With all eyes on mid-term elections in the United States, almost no one noticed that on the same day the US State (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Progress observed at end of second month of R-ARCSS implementation 2018-10-22 06:44:02 Press Release 21 October 2018 South Sudanese government released 24 detainees in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (...)

4th Annual Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum Announced for 25th October 2018 2018-10-15 12:38:14 PRESS RELEASE OCTOBER 14, 2018 Africa’s leading entrepreneurship-focused philanthropic organisation, the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), has announced October 25, 2018, as the date for its (...)

Unity State community in Kenya supports Khartoum peace agreement 2018-08-17 08:33:21 PRESS STATMENT 14th Aug, 2018 Re: We shall Rally behind Khartoum Peace Agreement The Unity State Community Association in Kenya was established in 2010 to organize and mobilize the people of (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.