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Sudan: Juba Peace Agreement anniversary

Brussels 02.10.2021 The European Union congratulates the Sudanese people on the first anniversary of the signature of the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA). The agreement is a significant milestone of the transitional period towards freedom, peace, democracy and justice. If well implemented, the people of Darfur, of the Two Areas and of all other parts of Sudan can finally live in peace and have a say on their future.

The European Union commends the JPA signatories for their partnership and for the efforts done so far to implement some elements of the agreement, including the steps forward made in transitional justice. We are, however, concerned by the delays in implementing many other aspects of the JPA. The situation in the war-affected areas, which have been marginalized for decades, has not changed yet for the better, and the dividends of peace have not yet reached most Sudanese.

The European Union, as the witness to this agreement, is therefore urging the signatories to make up for the delays by setting up the joint forces, speeding up the implementation of security arrangements and establishing the institutions foreseen in the JPA. At the same time, we urge the leadership of the SPLM-N/al Hilu to return to Juba and resume negotiations with the transitional authorities on the basis of the March 2021 Declaration of Principles.

The EU, as a staunch supporter of the December 2018 revolution and Sudan’s democratic transition, will continue to support politically and financially the implementation of the JPA as well as the continuation of the peace process in Juba to achieve sustainable peace and justice.

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.

Juba celebrates peace

The EU gave positive evaluation of the initial steps taken towards the implementation of the  ‘Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan’, signed on 12 September under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)’,  but Europe expects it should be followed by other actions in the same direction.

“In Juba South Sudanese parties reconfirmed their commitment to the The initial steps taken towards its implementation, are going in the right direction and should be followed by others”, the text of the European Action Service statement says.

“However fighting continues in some areas of the country. It is important that all parties immediately observe the provisions of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement of December 2017 and disengage and separate their forces in close proximity as agreed by them. Full and unimpeded humanitarian access throughout the country is equally paramount. Recent reports have documented grave human rights violations and abuses in South Sudan, some of which may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. We expect all parties to hold perpetrators of violence to account, and ensure that transitional justice and accountability mechanisms are in place for the people of South Sudan.

“The full implementation of actions, such as releasing all prisoners of war and political detainees, would build confidence among South Sudanese parties and with the international community and is critical for an effective peace process, with political and economic inclusiveness, transparency and accountability.

“IGAD and its member states have a central role to ensure that the Agreement is implemented by the parties.The European Union will continue to support the region and to show solidarity with the people of South Sudan and remains committed to accompanying them on their journey towards peace, reconciliation, stability and resilience.

 

Aid workers freed in South Sudan

Ten aid workers who were taken by an armed group last week in South Sudan were returned to the capital Juba on Monday (30/04/2018) by a team from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The aid workers were transported by ICRC aircraft from an area around Yei to the capital. “The ICRC has a long-standing record as a neutral intermediary in these kinds of situations. We are pleased that these ten aid workers will now be able to return to their families,” said François Stamm, the head of delegation for the ICRC in South Sudan.

The ICRC said it provided the transportation of the released aid workers with the consent of all the parties involved and was not involved in any negotiations. None of the aid workers were ICRC staff members.