Negotiations resumed between both Sudanese government and SPLM-N (Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North), led by Abdelaziz Al-Hilu, Wednesday morning in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, after stopping to study and respond to the draft framework agreement.
In Juba, the capital of South Sudan, negotiations resumed between the delegations of Sudanese government and SPLM-N delegation.
During the session, the draft framework was reviewed and the two parties’ comments on the draft were presented.
The government delegation was headed Sovereign Council member Lt. Gen. Shams Al-Din Kabbashi, while the SPLM-N delegation was headed by Ammar Amom.
Negotiations took place at the Palm Africa Hotel, in the presence of the South Sudanese Mediation Rapporteur, Dhiou Matok, peace partners, stakeholders, the United Nations Integrated Mission, and representatives of the international and regional community.
The round of negotiations began in Juba last Thursday.
Scenes from Juba So Far
In the first session, the government delegation received a draft of the framework agreement through mediation for study, and the delegation responded within four days as requested.
The mediation delegation handed over the government’s response to the SPLM-N in the negotiating session on May 31, which it then demanded a period of “24” hours to study it.
The government confirmed its readiness to resume negotiations, and announced its general acceptance of the draft framework agreement submitted by the movement.
The head of the negotiating delegation, Shams Al-Din Kabbashi, conveyed their affirmation to the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, and their determination to bring this negotiating file with Al-Hilu to its end, leading to a just and comprehensive peace that satisfies all parties.
Meanwhile, Cabinet Affairs Minister Khaled Omar Youssef, spokesperson for the government delegation, explained that the proposal for a framework agreement submitted by the movement found general acceptance from the government delegation.
He emphasized that the coming period will witness full agreement on the draft agreement for signature.
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 the prohibition military coups.
The framework also provides the right to self-determination in case of violation of the supra-constitutional principles that any permanent constitution of Sudan must comply with.
He noted the need for a period of six months before the beginning of the transitional period to establish the mechanisms and institutions stipulated in the agreement.