AU chairperson hails ‘historic’ peace accord among Sudanese factions

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THE Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat on Sunday commended the ‘historic’ peace deal among Sudanese factions to end armed conflicts in the country.

After a full year of negotiations, the Sudanese government and armed groups on Saturday signed a final peace deal in South Sudan’s capital, Juba to end armed conflicts.

‘The signing of the Juba Peace Agreement is a historic milestone towards peace for all in Sudan,’ Faki said in a statement on Sunday.

The AU Commission Chairperson also stressed that ‘the African Union appeals to those who did not sign today to join this process.’

Mahamat further stressed the continental bloc ‘remains committed to continue to support all parties to ensure its full implementation.’

The deal included protocols of security arrangements, power and wealth sharing, compensation for the displaced people and refugees, land ownership, and realisation of justice and development.

Since October 2019, South Sudan has been mediating between the Sudanese government and the armed groups from Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions.

Sudan’s Justice and Equality Movement, led by Jibril Ibrahim, the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM)-Minni Minnawi faction, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)-northern sector (Malik Agar and Abdelaziz al-Hilu factions) and opposition groups from eastern, central and northern Sudan, took part in the talks with the government.

However, the SPLM-northern sector led by Abdelaziz al-Hilu has not yet signed the peace deal after the mediation suspended the negotiation between it and the Sudanese government, while the SLM-Abdul Wahid Mohamed Nur faction refused to join the peace talks.

Saturday’s signing ceremony was attended by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

The participants also included representatives from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Chad and Egypt in addition to regional and international organizations such as the United Nations, the African Union, the Arab League and the European Union.

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