Home | News    Wednesday 25 September 2019

SRF rejects al-Mahdi proposal for peace conference inside Sudan


JEm leader Gibril Ihrahim speaks in a meeting held in Paris on 26 November 2017 (ST Photo)
September 24, 2019 (CAIRO) - Gibril Ibrahim, Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) Secretary-General, on Sunday rejected a proposal by Umma Party leader Sadiq al-Mahdi to hold a peace conference inside Sudan and engage political parties in tackling issues that led to the war.

Last week, Mahdi sent a resignation letter to the Sudan Call alliance leaders and at the same time called to hold a "just comprehensive peace conference", inside the country with the participation of all armed groups including those that have concluded previous agreements and displaced persons and refugees as well as parties to tribal conflicts, the Forces for Freedom and Change and other forces involved in the revolution.

In statements to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday, Gibril explained that the issue of achieving peace in the country is not as simple as calling for "a general conference to bring together all the people of Sudan."

He pointed out that the process is intertwined with military issues that need to be addressed by the warring parties, as well as the issues of war-affected areas need to sit down with the government to resolve it.

"There are general issues that can be addressed at a general conference, including freedoms, identity, human rights, the relationship between religion and the state," he said.

"But the specificity of the war-affected areas, the problems of displaced persons and refugees have domestic and international laws and different considerations. Also, armies and their future are not addressed in a general conference," he added.

"Any talk that all issues can be dealt with at a general conference is a minor understanding that we do not support," he stressed.

The Sudan Call alliance will hold a meeting on 27 September to discuss al-Mahdi’s resignation and his proposal for the internal peace process.

Peace negotiations between the Sudanese government and the armed forces are due to begin on 14 October. While the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North led by Abdel Aziz al Hilu says the venue of the process will be in Juba, the SRF factions speak about holding the talks in Abu Dhabi pointing to a previous commitment with the UAE leaders.

The SPLM-N al-Hilu say they will hold separate talks even the discussions on peace between the SRF and the Sudanese government are convened in South Sudan.

SRF attached to its alliances

In another context, Gibril denied any trend by the SRF to break away from the Sudan Call alliance or the Forces for Freedom and change (FFC).

He further stressed that the armed opposition groups were an active partner in the formation of these alliances and "we do not see a reason to leave them."

"We are remaining, but we want our voice to be heard in the Sudan Call and the FFC corridors. We do not see that the issues of the Revolutionary Front can be expressed by any third party," he said.

"We want significant changes in the way these two alliances are managed," he added.

The SRF holds a meeting nowadays in Cairo to prepare for the upcoming peace talks. They among other discussing the venue of the peace between the alliance and the transitional government.

Mohamed Zakaria, SRF spokesman told Sudan Tribune that the meeting selected Minnawi as a deputy leader and Eltom Hajo as the speaker of the SRF legislative body.

During their meetings in Juba earlier this month, the armed groups picked Hadi Idriss as chairman, Malik Agar deputy chairman and Gibril Ibrahim secretary-general.


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

South Sudan: Revert strictly to 10 states 2020-02-16 15:56:54 By James Gatdet Dak Lampuar By unilaterally creating administrative areas---when the action is supposed to strictly revert the country to the constitutional 10 states----South Sudan's Presidency (...)

Does Kiir deserve our thanks for abolishing 32 states? 2020-02-16 11:44:03 By Duop Chak Wuol In October 2015, President Salva Kiir issued a decree, expanding the original ten states to 28. In January 2017, Kiir issued another presidential order creating an additional (...)

How hope for peace in South Sudan turned into despair 2020-02-13 04:41:14 By Luke Geng Geng, Kuajok While the ongoing peace talk in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) seems to be flattering again with no signs of positive progress as it is already heading to no direction in like (...)


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.