Home | News    Monday 21 July 2014

Sudan’s NUP urges EU to support national dialogue process

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

July 20, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The opposition National Umma Party (NUP) has urged the European Union (EU) to support the national dialogue process, accusing the ruling national Congress Party of dropping a call by the Sudanese president for a comprehensive and inclusive process for peace and democratic reforms in Sudan.

JPEG - 59.9 kb
NUP deputy president Meriam al-Mahdi (R) and JEM leader Gibril Ibrahim (L) poses with two EU MPs outside the EU parliament in Strasbourg, on 16 July 2014 (ST)

The NUP deputy president Meriam al-Mahdi was invited by the EU legislators to take part in a hearing on peace in Sudan held at the EU parliament in Strasbourg last Wednesday with other Sudanese rebel and opposition groups.

In a statement released on Sunday, she said the European Union should take in consideration the role of the “Sudanese national forces” and to adopt a comprehensive approach when it comes to peace, economic reform, and political situation.

The EU should “continue to support the national dialogue as a mechanism to achieve a peaceful and comprehensive political solution, create a conducive environment to ensure its success,” said al-Mahdi who arrived just at the end of the hearing but however was received by the EU MPs.

The deputy leader of the largest opposition party further said that the EU should provide support in terms of expertise and facilitate encounters between the various Sudanese parties in order to reach an understanding on the concept of dialogue, it mechanisms, and a roadmap leading to peace and stability.

Different EU legislators who attended Wednesday’s meeting agreed on the need to back the ongoing efforts for peace and stability in Sudan, stressing that the regional instability, particularly in Central African Republic and South Sudan must be avoided in the east African country.

The leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and deputy chairman of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) for external relations, Gibril Ibrahim; who represented the armed groups called on the EU lawmakers to support a roadmap the rebel alliance announced last May.

Ibrahim also stressed on the alarming humanitarian situation in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan states, proposing to impose a non-fly-zone in these areas to protect civilians from the regular air attacks carried by the Sudanese army.

The NUP decided last May to suspend its participation in the national dialogue process to protest the arrest of its leader Sadiq al-Mahdi as he had accused the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia of committing atrocities against civilians in Darfur.

After al-Mahdi release, the opposition party stressed on the need to review the national dialogue process and associate the “historical” political parties in an African Union-led process to achieve peace in the Two Areas and Darfur.

Last Friday, the NUP secretary general, Sarah Nugd Allah proposed to increase the representation of the opposition in the national dialogue to 10 instead of 7 delegates, arguing that the 3 additional seats will be allocated to the civil society groups.

However, the party’s media secretary on Sunday underlined that this proposal does not express the official position of the party.

(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


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 (...)

A pastoral appeal to South Sudanese to reconcile 2014-09-16 09:19:03 By Rev. Bernard Oliya Suwa, PhD September 15, 2014 - The 15th of December 2013 is a date that we South Sudanese are not going to forget any time soon – and so we shouldn't! After the violence (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


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 (...)

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 (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.