Leaders have welcomed Monday’s signing of Sudan’s Roadmap Agreement for Ending Conflicts by Sudanese opposition groups.
The African Union commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the agreements represent an important breakthrough in returning the Sudanese security and political negotiations and processes back on track to achieve a permanent end of the conflicts in Sudan.
“By joining the government of Sudan in signing the Roadmap Agreement, the parties have concluded the process of the adoption of the agreement,” Dr Dlamini-Zuma said and reiterated the significance of dialogue as a process that would lead to the adoption of a new Sudanese constitution.
By joining the government of Sudan in signing the Roadmap Agreement, the parties have concluded the process of the adoption of the agreement. This represents an important breakthrough in returning the Sudanese security and political negotiations and processes back on track to achieve a permanent end of the conflicts of Sudan.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was encouraged by the step taken towards ending the war and resolving the crises in Sudan and called on all Sudanese parties to maintain the momentum as they continue working towards an agreement on a cessation of hostilities.
The UN chief also appealed for humanitarian access to conflict-affected areas and the process for reaching a final, political settlement through an inclusive national dialogue.
Earlier on Tuesday, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States, Germany and the European Union commended the opposition for signing the agreement which they said will go a long way to ensure peace in the region.
“We urge the signatories to lose no further time in agreeing a cessation of hostilities and modalities for humanitarian access in Darfur and the Two Areas,” the statement added while encouraging the opposition parties to unite during the process.
Four groups of the opposition umbrella Sudan Call signed on August 8th the Roadmap Agreement for peace and dialogue which was brokered by the African Union.
Sudan has been facing a renewed conflict since 2011 that has affected about two million people and displaced over 500,000 others.