Today, Tuesday, the transitional government in Sudan announced its readiness to resume negotiations with the SPLM-N, led by Abdelaziz El-Hilu, in Juba on Wednesday. It also announced its general acceptance of the draft framework agreement submitted by the movement, which aims to achieve a peaceful settlement between the two sides.
The head of the Sudanese government negotiating delegation, Lieutenant-General Shams El-Din Kabbashi, announced the delegation’s readiness to start negotiations with the movement, tomorrow, Wednesday, according to the program announced by the southern mediation.
“We assured President Salva Kiir that we are determined to bring this negotiating file with El-Helou to its ends, leading to a just and comprehensive peace that satisfies all parties,” Kabbashi added, in a statement to Sudan’s Transitional Sovereign Council.
Khaled Omar, Minister of Sudanese Cabinet Affairs, and the official spokesman for the government delegation to the Juba negotiations, said that the proposal for the framework agreement submitted by the SPLM-N in the first session of the negotiations found general acceptance from the government delegation, stressing that the coming period will witness full agreement on the draft agreement to sign. .
The SPLM North, led by Abdulaziz Al-Hilu, submitted a paper last March, stipulating that the state should be at the same distance from all religions and provide freedom of belief for all citizens.
The framework agreement proposal adopted supra-constitutional principles, which stipulate the adoption of secularism and decentralization in governance, respect for diversity and human rights, and prohibit military coups, while giving the right to self-determination in case of violation of the supra-constitutional principles that any permanent constitution of Sudan must comply with.
The agreement indicated the need for a period of 6 months before the beginning of the transitional period to establish the mechanisms and institutions stipulated in the agreement.
The proposed framework agreement also defines the general issues and principles of negotiation, and includes the Declaration of Principles signed between the two parties last March, in which they announced their intention to end disputes through a peaceful settlement, the formation of a single army in the country, and the establishment of a state that guarantees freedom of religion and worship for all people.
Since June 2011, the SPLM has been fighting government forces in the states of South Kordofan (south) and Blue Nile (southeast).
On 3 October, Khartoum signed an agreement to establish peace with armed movements within the “Revolutionary Front” alliance.
But the agreement was not signed by both the SPLM-N and the Sudan Liberation Movement, led by Abdel Wahed Nur, which is fighting government forces in the Darfur region (west).