Home | News    Wednesday 19 November 2014

Darfur rebels say peace in Sudan should be considered without Doha agreement


November 18, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said they want a new track for the talks with the Sudanese government in Addis Ababa, stressing they refuse negotiations based on the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).

JPEG - 10.2 kb
JEM’s chief negotaitor, Ahmed Tugud (AFP)

The Sudanese government, JEM and Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) will meet on 23 November for talks brokered by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to reach a framework agreement ending war in Darfur.

The framework agreement, which will be in line with the 456 African Union roadmap for a comprehensive peace in Sudan, should include a cessation of hostilities, pave the way for the inclusion of rebel groups in the national dialogue, and approve humanitarian access to civilians in the rebel held areas.

In statements from Addis Ababa, JEM chief negotiator Ahmed Tugud Lissan told Sudan Tribune that the current process, which is facilitated by the AUHIP, aims to achieve a comprehensive peace and democratic transformation in Sudan.

He further said they want the framework agreement that they come to negotiate be in harmony with the notion of two tracks in one peace process, as provided in the peace plan adopted by the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) in September.

“We want to create a new track (in Addis Ababa) parallel to the existing track for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). This eventually means that the DDPD and its outputs are no longer debatable or even being considered,” Lissan said.

JEM’s chief negotiator went further to say that they know Khartoum sticks to the DDPD and its rejection to their demand. However, he said the upcoming talks represent a test of the government’s seriousness and its commitment to achieve a genuine peace in Sudan.

“We know that there are challenges, there will be a severe conflict over the agenda, and this may lead to increase the gap between the positions (of the two parties). But that is normal in negotiations, and the we can reach understandings leading to peace in Sudan,” he said.

The African mediation on Monday adjourned the peace talks between the government and the SPLM-N delegations, saying they want to add more elements to the understandings reached by the parties.

In July 2011, the government and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) signed the DDPD, a framework agreement aimed at ending the almost 12-year conflict in Darfur. JEM which was the first rebel groups to initiate the Doha process refused the text, demanding more negotiations and proposed a counter framework document.

The SLM-MM was not part of the Doha process. The signatory of the Abuja peace agreement in May 2006 rebelled again against the government by the end of 2010, accusing Khartoum of dishonouring the deal.


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

Of Peacekeepers and Pandemics 2020-04-03 07:43:49 By Jean-Pierre Lacroix The COVID-19 pandemic is also developing in countries marred by armed conflict. In an op-ed featured in Le Monde, the head of United Nations Peacekeeping, Jean-Pierre (...)

Can South Sudan parties fulfil army’s reunification 2020-04-01 09:13:05 By Tor Madira Machier Following the formation of South Sudan’s Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) last month, scepticism has remained as to whether the South Sudan (...)

Economic and social effects of Coronavirus 2020-03-29 17:02:15 Revealed global inequality or similarity? A natural observation on the economic and social effects of Coronavirus's non-location boundedness in the 21st-century globalized earth By Kujiek Ruot (...)


Latest Press Releases

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.