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Sudanese Consultations in Cairo Focus on ‘Shortcomings’ of 2 Agreements

Sudanese Consultations in Cairo Focus on ‘Shortcomings’ of 2 Agreements

Tuesday, 7 February, 2023 - 07:00
Sudanese military and civilian groups hold up signed documents of a framework agreement to end the political stalemate in Sudan (File photo: EPA)

Sudanese political and civil forces continued their consultations in Cairo within the framework of the workshop on the "Prospects of Democratic Transformation towards a Sudan for All," with the participation of dozens of Sudanese figures.

Informed Egyptian sources revealed that the consultations resulted in several agreements between the parties on essential items not covered by the Juba Agreement or the framework agreement signed last December to end the stalemate.

The sources explained to Asharq Al-Awsat that the main issues that require an in-depth discussion include the peace agreement, transitional justice, security and military reform, resolving the eastern Sudan crisis, and dismantling the regime of former President Omar al-Bashir.

They warned that postponing reaching an agreement on these issues is not an option for solving the country's problems.

According to the preannounced schedule, the Cairo consultations will conclude on Tuesday, and the Sudanese forces will present their final vision in a comprehensive declaration on Wednesday.

However, the sources made it clear that the Sudanese forces are the only ones entitled to announce what they deem suitable to their agreement within a flexible timeframe.

The Juba Peace Agreement, signed more than two years ago, was expected to end the decades-long armed conflict in the country, but nothing has been achieved amid calls for its amendment or cancellation.

Many Sudanese forces refused to sign the framework agreement last December between the civil and military components, stressing that the agreement in its current form cannot lead to a national accord.

The forces warned that any government formed according to the agreement would not last, while the accord signatories considered it an essential step in the democratic transition in Sudan.

Informed Egyptian sources indicated that the Sudanese consultations witnessed a broad consensus on the need for amending the framework agreement, noting that the parties are still discussing going into the details of those amendments.

The sources expected the parties to settle many outstanding issues soon.

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