Home | News    Saturday 1 March 2014

Sudan’s opposition NUP renews calls for national peace council

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

February 28, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - The leader of the opposition National Umma Party (NUP), Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, has renewed call for establishing a national council for peace to administer dialogue with the rebel groups.

JPEG - 99.1 kb
From left to right: Leader of the Popular Congress Party (PCP) Hassan Al-Turabi, Reform Now Party (RNP) head Ghazi Salah Al-Deen Al-Attabani, National Umma Party (NUP) Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi and second vice-president Hassabo Abdel-Rahman attend a speech by the president announcing a national dialogue initiative on 27 January 2014 (SUNA)

While the opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) led by Hassan al-Turabi expressed readiness to convince rebel groups to engage in the comprehensive national dialogue.

Al-Mahdi told reporters following his meeting with the joint special envoy to Darfur, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, on Thursday that success of the national dialogue is contingent upon comprehensive discussion of all national issues, pointing to the importance of recognising the armed rebel groups and engaging them in the national dialogue in order to achieve the desired outcome.

Chambas for his part shared Al-Mahdi’s vision with the regard to the participation of the rebel groups in the national dialogue, saying there is a good opportunity for achieving peace particularly with all political components agreeing to take part in the national dialogue.

Late last January, president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir announced a four-point plan for reform "to stop the war and bring peace, free political society, fight against poverty and revitalize national identity". He further called for political forces to engage in dialogue to agree on the implementation items though he did not specify practical steps to do so.

Meanwhile, the PCP secretary general, Kamal Omer Abdel-Salam, said his party agreed to engage in an unconditional dialogue with the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in order to reach national accommodation which enhances opportunities for ending civil wars and achieving peace.

Abdel-Salam, who spoke in a seminar organised by the pro-government Sudan Media Center (SMC) and attended by several political leaders on Wednesday, renewed his party’s demands for forming a transitional government and delaying the 2015 elections in order to allow all political forces take part in drafting the new constitution and freely participate in the elections.

The PCP official further dismissed existence of a hidden relationship between his party and the NCP, denying they were subjected to pressures from the United States and Qatar in order to accept dialogue with the ruling party.

"We entered the dialogue holding a white card and we are ready to convince the political forces even the armed groups to engage in the national dialogue," he added

The PCP split from the NCP following 1999’s bitter power struggle between Bashir and Turabi, with the latter was ousted from his post as parliamentary speaker and the chairmanship of the ruling party alike.

Turabi later established the PCP and has since been a vociferous critic of the very regime whose army-backed seizure of power in 1989 he orchestrated.

He didn’t rule out the possibility of reuniting the Islamic Movement (IM), saying Islamist should organize themselves in order to face campaigns which seek to distort the image of Islam.

Abdel-Salam also said "if we want to draft a genuine national constitution, we have to end the ongoing fighting in various parts of the country and engage arms bearers in its making".

He warned against exploiting state’s resources by any political party, calling for the neutrality of the regular forces including the army, police, and security forces.

Abdel-Salam also affirmed the need for strengthening Sudanese identity and national loyalty besides building trust among all components of the society.

The NUP and the PCP are the only opposition parties who so far announced their acceptance to Bashir’s call for national dialogue.

Sudan’s opposition parties refuses NCP call for dialogue and instead propose forming a transitional government and holding a national conference with the participation of rebel groups to discuss a peaceful solution for the conflicts in Darfur region, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile states.

The interim government, in accordance with the opposition platform, would organise general elections once a political agreement on constitutional matters is reached, inaugurating a new democratic regime. But the NCP rejects this proposal saying opposition parties must simply prepare for the 2015 elections and that rebels should sign first peace accords.

(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.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Referenda in Scotland and South Sudan told a tale of two cities 2014-09-21 06:01:02 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman September 20, 2014 - This article comes against the backdrop of the referendum in Scotland and southern Sudan in the years 2014 and 2011, respectively, and the result was (...)

Undermining South Sudanese expertise’s is ironical! 2014-09-19 10:15:59 By Peter Gai Manyuon September 18, 2014 - The recent order from the Ministry of Labor and Public Service in the Republic of South Sudan that was issued on 16th of September 2014 is absolute (...)

Sudan - Colliding interests 2014-09-16 10:04:11 By Mohamed Elshabik September 15, 2014 - Sudan seems to be unconcerned by the current political crisis in the region. Amid a prognosis of full-scale war in South Sudan, unrest in Egypt, chaos in (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


Hundreds walk for peace in South Sudan 2014-09-23 08:30:16 National Platform for Peace and Reconciliation (NPPR) PRESS RELEASE Juba, 21 September 2014 - Hundreds of people took to the streets of the South Sudan capital Jubato ‘Walk for Peace’and demand (...)

Sudan Democracy First Group: Art as resistance – art as resilience 2014-09-09 12:34:15 Sudan Democracy First Group Art as Resistance – Art as Resilience September 8, 2014 - To mark the third anniversary of the resumption of civil war in Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan, (...)

Sudan: Those behind unlawful killings and torture of protesters must be brought to justice 2014-09-03 13:13:43 Amnesty International Sudan: Those behind unlawful killings and torture of protesters must be brought to justice The brutal suppression of protest in Sudan must end, and members of the security (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.