Sudanese army oversees integration of government and opposition forces in South Sudan

Altaghyeer: Alsharq Alawsat

Sudanese foreign minister Aldirdiri Mohamed Ahmed, said that his country will supervise the integration of opposition and national forces in South Sudan. In the meantime, the national salvation front, which is part of the opposition alliance in South Sudan, rejected signing in initials the final draft of the peace agreement in Khartoum attempted to end the five-year long civil war.

The spokesperson for the national salvation front Soba Samuel said in a statement seen by Alsharq Alawsat that the front informed the opposition alliance and mediators from IGAD of their refrainment of signing the agreement, which was signed by Gabriel Changson Chang on behalf of the alliance, adding “we clarified in our stance that the negotiation round in Khartoum focusing on power sharing and governance fell short of addressing the root causes of the crisis in the republic of South Sudan”, reiterating that final draft “is a prescription for further conflict, and we won’t betray our people by awarding them a short-termed peace”.

The national salvation front previously rejected signing the power sharing agreement in August 5th despite committing itself to the peace process and affirming their contribution to achieving comprehensive and sustained peace in the country.

On the other hand, the Sudanese foreign minister Aldirdiri Mohamed Ahmed revealed to the Sudanese Media center, which is close to the government, that his country would supervise the integration process of the opposition forces and the national army in South Sudan and the subsequent standard training, justifying that integration seeks to ensure that all troops are loyal to South Sudan and regarding the measure as “representing one the of the guarantees of the peace agreement recently signed in Khartoum”.

The minister added that signing the final peace agreement will lead to stabilization in South Sudan, indicating that the agreement is “a present from people of Sudan to people of South Sudan, and it will reinforce trust and connection between Khartoum and Juba”.

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