Borrell on Sudan “Historic Day”
Brussels 03.10.202 “Today is another historic day for #Sudan, its citizens and the whole region. Many have worked tirelessly and courageously to make this Peace Agreement a reality. The EU will continue standing by your side to implement it #AUEU” said Josep Borrell, the EU top diplomat, while addressing the developments in Sudan. Borrell on Sudan “Historic Day”
Sudan’s transitional government and several rebel groups have signed a peace agreement aimed at resolving years of civil war in which hundreds of thousands of people perished and millions displaced in different regions across the country.
Cheers rang out as representatives from the government and a coalition of armed groups called the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) signed the deal on Saturday, a year after the peace talks began, at a ceremony in Juba, the capital of neighbouring South Sudan.
Present at the event guarantors of the deal from Chad, Qatar, Egypt, the African Union, European Union and United Nations also put their names to the agreement.
“Today we have reached a peace agreement. We are happy. We have finished the mission,” Tut Gatluak, head of the South Sudanese team of mediators said, shortly before the signing of the deal, taking plac a year after the peace talks were launched.
However, two powerful rebel groups – the Darfur-based Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) faction led by Abdelwahid Mohamed al-Nour and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) led by Abdelaziz al-Hilu have refused to sign, reflecting the serious challenges still facing the peace process.
The deal establishes terms to integrate rebels into the security forces, be politically represented and have economic and land rights. A new allocated fund of $750 million a year for 10 years to the impoverished southern and western regions and the opportunity of return for displaced people is also guaranteed.
Sudan’s leaders, including Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and head of the transitional sovereign council General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan attended the ceremony.