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NCP radical faction obstructs peaceful settlement of Sudan’s crises, opposition says


July 15, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s main opposition alliance has denounced the presence of a radical faction within the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) saying it hinders dialogue and peaceful solutions to end the ongoing crises in the country

Farouk Abu Eissa (C), leader of the opposition alliance, talks to reporters with other opposition leaders on 12 June 2012 (ST)

Kamal Omer, spokesperson of the opposition National Consensus Forces (NCF) in a press conference held on Monday, criticised the government for banning them from travelling to Switzerland to participate in a dialogue with the rebel groups organised by the Geneva based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre).

He accused a dominant faction in the ruling NCP of hampering their travel in order to thwart dialogue between the NCF and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) groups.

He went further to say they will meet Western diplomatic missions in Khartoum to brief them about this destructive action, aiming to hinder dialogue over the future of governance in Sudan and to agree on a transitional period with the SRF rebels.

The Sudanese opposition and rebel groups agree on the need for a new regime in the country but disagree on how to achieve it. The political parties support the idea of a peaceful change and reject the use of arms to topple the regime.

The government on the other hand, calls for separate talks with the different rebel groups in Darfur and the SPLM-N for the conflict of Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. Once peace agreements are signed, the NCP says the former rebels and opposition parties can participle in the general election of 2015.

Jamal Idris, head of Unionist Nasserist Party, said the government is well informed about the meeting and the group organising it, adding that two NCP leading members Ibrahim Gandour and Badriya Suleiman took part in a meeting the HD Centre organised between them last March in Khartoum.

He further disclosed that a rebel delegations had arrived in Geneva and that they will try to hold the dialogue through a video-conference service but added the meeting may be postponed to another date.

Different sources said on Sunday that the opposition may mandate Farouk Abou Eissa, NCF leader and Youssef Al-Koda head of the Islamic Wasat Party to represent them in the dialogue with the rebels.

On the other hand, the head of legislation, justice and human right committee in the National Assembly, Al-Fadil Haj Suleiman, defended the travel ban on opposition leaders; stressing the government did not breach the constitution as it is said by some opponents.

"The criminal law gives the government the right to arrest any group if the authorities feel that they pose a threat to the state", he said.

He further added that the opposition parties have the right to resort to challenging the decision in court.


ST - Sudan bans opposition parties from meeting rebels in Geneva

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  • 17 July 2013 04:15, by chol

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