The Troika statement issued last week was warmly welcomed by the Sudanese government where the statement expressed its continued support for the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) peace process.
The Troika countries, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States also called on the rebels in South Kordofan and Blue Nile to accept the US proposal aiming to facilitate the signing of a humanitarian cessation of hostilities.
The statement urged the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) “to swiftly accept this proposal and facilitate the delivery of life-saving assistance to those in need in the Two Areas”.
It also called on the Sudan Liberation Movement – Abdel Wahid al Nur “to cease hostilities and immediately engage with the AUHIP peace process”. Further, the joint statement called on the signatories of the Roadmap Agreement to conclude “comprehensive cessations of hostilities and engaging in an inclusive political dialogue” and on the Sudanese government to “create an environment that is conducive to freedom of expression and political participation by both armed and unarmed opposition in Sudan”. “
The U.S. proposal was intended to facilitate humanitarian assistance to the affected populations in the Two Areas, in line with AUHIP efforts for broader negotiated humanitarian access,” said the statement which marks the endorsement of the new American administration of President Donald Trump of the proposal made by the former U.S. Special Envoy Donald Booth.
Sudan’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Gariballah Al Khidir welcomed the support of Trump’s administration to the humanitarian proposal, and expressed his government commitment to continue its efforts to achieve peace and to integrate the Sudanese economy into the world’s economy, cancel external debt and allow Sudan to join the World Trade Organization besides increase development funding, investment and trade exchange. “The government is working very hard and wholeheartedly with the Sudanese parties, and cooperates in all honesty and appreciation with the African
Union mediator Thabo Mbeki, who is making strenuous efforts to achieve peace
[in Sudan],” he said. Posted in SUNA By Staff Reporter.