Home | News    Monday 16 June 2014

Sudan says national dialogue is not a sign of weakness

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

June 15, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese First Vice President Bakri Hassan Saleh on Sunday called for a dialogue process that leads to national reconciliation and consensus while emphasizing fundamentals of the nation.

JPEG - 30.7 kb
Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir (L) receiving his 1st Vice President Bakri Hassan Saleh in Khartoum May 22, 2014 (Ashorooq TV)

Saleh, who addressed a military graduation ceremony in central Darfur, said that "when the government launched the dialogue it was capable and not helpless, but we wanted to present options before the Sudanese people to agree on principles”.

He also warned that laws will deal with anyone who seeks to breach it, and renewed the government’s keenness to promote democracy through elections.

Last January, Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir announced a 4-point plan for reform "to stop the war and bring peace, free political society, fight against poverty and revitalise national identity", calling for political forces to engage in dialogue to agree on the implementation items though he did not specify practical steps to do so.

He announced a series of resolutions at the onset of a political roundtable held later in Khartoum with the participation of 83 political parties.

He instructed authorities in the states and localities across Sudan to enable political parties to carry out their activities inside and outside their headquarters without restrictions except those dictated by the law.

The Sudanese president also pledged to enhance press freedom so that it can play its role in the success of the national dialogue unconditionally as long they abide by the norms of the profession.

Political detainees who have not been found to be involved in criminal acts will be released, Bashir added.

He also stressed the government’s commitment and willingness to allow rebels to participate in the national dialogue and vowed to give them adequate and appropriate safeguards to attend and depart safely afterwards.

But the National Umma Party (NUP) suspended its participation in the dialogue last month after its leader was arrested in connection with remarks he made accusing Sudanese government militias of committing serious abuses.

The Reform Now Party (RNP) also followed suit citing government crackdown on political and press liberties.

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) accused leftist forces namely the Communist, Baath and Conference parties of undermining the process and seeking to exploit the dialogue initiative to overthrow the regime.

In the same context, the 2nd Vice President Hassabo Abdul-Rahman, underscored the seriousness of the government in moving forward with the national dialogue as a mechanism to resolve the problems of Sudan, and pointed out that the NCP did not call for dialogue as a result of weakness, but for national reasons.

(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


An Alternative National Dialogue: Sudan’s last chance for sustainable peace and Unity 2014-08-30 06:18:14 By Suliman Baldo August 29, 2014 — Last week, with much fanfare and renewed hope on the part of Sudanese citizens, the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) for Sudan and South Sudan, (...)

A critique of the IGAD protocol for peace in S Sudan 2014-08-30 05:53:03 “A critique of the IGAD protocol on agreed principles on transitional arrangements towards resolution of the crisis in South Sudan” By David de Chand August 29, 2014 - First and foremost of all, (...)

IGAD failure to delivering peace for South Sudan! 2014-08-30 05:43:48 By Jacob Odong August 29, 2014- The East African Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is concluding a plan to allow for what they are calling a unity government for South Sudan. If (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


Sudan: Those behind unlawful killings and torture of protesters must be brought to justice 2014-09-02 09:39:25 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 (...)

National Dialogue in Sudan: Past experiences and current challenges 2014-08-27 06:18:22 Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) Since independence, Sudan has undergone a number of national peace agreements, some of which were observed and honored for short periods, others which were (...)

A new approach to the National Dialogue will stop war and lead to democracy in Sudan 2014-08-22 06:50:30 A New Approach to the National Dialogue in Sudan that will Stop the Wars, Address the Humanitarian Crisis and Lead to Democratic TransformationChatham House, London on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.