Home | News    Wednesday 20 August 2014

Mbeki’s role restricted to monitoring Sudan dialogue: officials

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

August 19, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese officials renewed their opposition to any regional or international interference in proposed national dialogue, saying that Thabo Mbeki will only monitor the political process.

JPEG - 69.9 kb
Chairman of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) Thabo Mbeki (L) speaking to reporters alongside leader of the Popular Congress Party (PCP) Hassan al-Turabi in Khartoum February 26, 2014 (ST)

On 17 August, the head of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) announced that he has been tasked to chair an African committee to support a process aiming to bring peace and discuss a new democratic constitution.

Sudanese government and opposition parties participating in the process said they want an inter Sudanese process as they blame the international community for supporting the secession of South Sudan.

“The AUHIP chief has only a monitoring role,” said the deputy speaker of the national assembly, Samia Ahmed Mohamed, stressing that “the dialogue is Sudanese-Sudanese process and has a known mechanism”.

Mohamed who is also a leading NCP figure further said that the dialogue’s mechanism (7+7) “provides the opportunity for those who want to monitor the dialogue”, stressing that “we do not mind if Mbeki, as AUHIP chief brokering the peace talks, wants to bridge the gaps with the SPLM-North”.

Following a meeting between the Sudanese first vice-president and Mbeki, the state minister at the presidency al-Rashid Haroun, reiterated that the government is keen that the national dialogue remains a Sudanese –Sudanese process.

In statements after the meeting, Mbeki, from his side, praised the government’s efforts to hold a successful national dialogue.

Sudanese presidential assistant Ibrahim Ghandour who is also the government’s chief negotiator in the peace negotiations with the SPLM-N said Mbeki reassured them of his role and informed them of his commitment to face regional and international powers which seek to hinder the national dialogue.

Commenting on Mbeki’s visit to Sudan, the SPLM-N secretary general and head of rebel negotiating team, Yasir Arman expressed hope that Mbeki’s efforts pave the way for a comprehensive peace and genuine dialogue.

“We expect that his visit pushes towards the comprehensive solution and genuine dialogue, which does not reproduce the national crisis, but rather achieves change, aspired by our people including end of war, fundamental freedoms and agreement on transitional arrangements in any serious and productive dialogue process," he said.

The SPLM-N and its allied rebel groups demand a humanitarian comprehensive cessation of hostilities, direct talks brokered by the AUHIP, Darfur joint mediator and the UNITED Nations over issues related to Darfur and the Two Areas.

The rebel groups also propose that a framework agreement for the national constitutional dialogue process be held in Addis Ababa under the sponsorship of the same mediators.

(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


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 (...)

Will South Sudanese journalists be safe from new media bill? 2014-09-14 21:24:16 By Peter Gai Manyuon September 14, 2014 - What will help professional Journalists in the Media bill that was signed on the 9th of September 2014 in Juba? Will government of South Sudan leave (...)


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.