Home | News    Sunday 10 August 2014

Sudanese government rebuffs SRF cessation of hostilities

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

August 9, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government Saturday has rejected a cessation of hostilities announced by the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) on Friday and reiterated its demand for a ceasefire agreement.

JPEG - 23.9 kb
President of the opposition National Umma Party (NUP) Sadiq al-mahdi (L) shake hands with the chairman of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) on 8 August 2014 (ST)

SRF leader Malik Agar on Friday announced a unilateral two-month cessation of hostilities as gesture of good willingness to mark the signing with the opposition National Umma Party (NUP) of Paris Declaration, which calls for peace and democratic reforms in Sudan.

“We reiterate our call for a comprehensive ceasefire,” said presidential assistant Ibrahim Gandour, brushing aside the rebel offer when he announced the signing of a framework agreement on the national dialogue with some opposition parties.

“There is a big difference between the comprehensive ceasefire, which means a roadmap to stop war and bring an end to the suffering of our people coupled with the actual implementation of the tripartite agreement to relief the needy civilians affected by the conflict, and the cessation of hostilities which gives rebel movements an opportunity to prepare for a new long war,” Ghandour said.

The Sudanese official who lead the government negotiating team was referring to the positions of the government and the SPLM-N in the stalled African Union led peace process where the rebel groups demands a comprehensive process for peace in Sudan including Darfur conflict. But, Khartoum refuses this demand.

Also, on the tripartite humanitarian agreement brokered by the UN agencies, African Union and Arab League, the two parties failed to reach an agreement on the implementation mechanism as the government wants to have the upper hand on the whole operation and the SPLM-N rejects the presence of the government aid workers in the rebel held areas.

In statements to Sudan Tribune on Saturday, the SRF leader and chairman of the SPLM-N said they decided to offer a two months cessation of hostilities to express their “willingness for a just and comprehensive peace”.

“This is why we didn’t even link it to the humanitarian access” to the civilians in the rebel controlled zones, he further said.

Agar was alluding to a SRF roadmap for peace in Sudan where they propose a comprehensive humanitarian cessation of hostilities incorporated in a set of confidence building measures before to engage in direct talks over security measures.

The government and the SPLM-N failed last April to reach a framework agreement allowing to engage in direct talks to end the three-year conflict in the two southern Sudan states.

Since, the African Union chief mediator together with the UN special envoy for Sudan and Darfur joint mediator seek to propose a third way to break the deadlock over the rebels demand to unify the two tracks for peace in Darfur and the Two Areas.

Thabo Mbeki, Haile Menkerios and Mohamed Ibn Chambas are expected to engage in a series of contacts soon with the government and rebels groups in order to propose a synchronised humanitarian and security agreements before to engage in political talks.

(ST)

Related articles:

- NUP leader briefs Sudanese ruling party and opposition forces on SRF deal
- Sudan’s 7+7 committee endorses roadmap for national dialogue

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.
  • 10 August 2014 10:13, by ForAll

    Yes !! It is just "Hide and seek" unplanned plan
    Yes !! It is just "Hide and seek" unplanned plan
    Yes !! It is just "Hide and seek" unplanned plan
    Yes !! It is just "Hide and seek" unplanned plan

    repondre message

  • 10 August 2014 10:50, by ForAll

    Sadiq al-mahdi !!! Who gave the authority to speak on behalf of Darfurians, Nubians and Blue Nile peoples????

    repondre message

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


Musa Hilal’s "Awakening": Khartoum’s worst nightmare? 2015-04-22 06:33:05 By the Sudan Democracy First Musa Hilal, once one of the principal commanders of the Janjaweed militias which supported the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) in the 2003/04 ethnic cleansing campaign in (...)

A brief history one man’s destructive misrepresentations 2015-04-18 08:07:54 By Eric Reeves Al Jazeera America is currently airing a two-part documentary that attempts to represent the character and causes of the catastrophe that has overtaken South Sudan following the (...)

Sudan’s election marred by arbitrary detention, and insecurity 2015-04-18 06:31:10 By African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies Sudan’s national general elections began on 13 April 2015. Scheduled to end on 15 April, they were extended one day by the National Elections (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudan’s 2015 Elections: A huge step in democratic consolidation 2015-04-22 13:12:25 EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE SUDAN 3 CLEVELAND ROW, ST.JAMES'S LONDON SW1A 1DD TEL: 020-7839 8080 PRESS AND INFORMATION RELEASE (2/2015) Sudan’s 2015 Elections: A Huge Step in Democratic (...)

Sudanese security arrest rights defender Adil Bakheit 2015-04-18 08:04:21 FRONT-LINE DEFENDRSPress StatementSudan Human rights defender Adil Bakheit arrested Human rights defender Mr Adil Bakheit was arrested on 16 April 2015 by the National Intelligence and Security (...)

Which do you choose? Peace or War? 2015-04-18 06:16:42 To the South Sudanese Diaspora Which do you choose? Peace or War? Coalition of Advocates for South Sudan, April 11, 2015 “The Voice of the South Sudanese Diaspora” Who are/What is the South (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.