- The agreement grants two states, South Kordofan and Blue Nile, in which the rebels are located, a special status.
- The agreement also aims to resolve long-running disputes over resources such as land.
- Meanwhile, the bread crisis continues in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.
The Sudanese government and a major rebel movement signed a preliminary agreement on Friday, on political and security arrangements, paving the way for a comprehensive reconciliation agreement through ongoing talks between the two sides. The Sudanese government resumed peace talks with rebel movements last October to end years of conflict that has persisted.
The agreement, which was signed today in neighboring South Sudan, grants two states— South Kordofan and Blue Nile— in which the rebels are located, a special status. Representatives of the Khartoum government signed the agreement with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North at a ceremony chaired by South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. Hamdan Dagalo, deputy head of the council and head of the Sudanese government delegation to the peace talks, said that the ruling council is committed to the peace process.
At the ceremony, Dagalo said that the government of Sudan is more ready than ever to reach a peaceful settlement in Sudan. Yasser Said Arman, deputy head of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, said that the movement would reach a full agreement with Khartoum after signing the initial agreement, and would become part of the new regime in Khartoum.
Arman said that the terms of the agreement allow both South Kordofan and Blue Nile to enact their laws. The agreement also aims to resolve long-running disputes over resources such as land.
Bread Crisis in Sudan
On the other hand, with the bread crisis continuing in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, hundreds of bakery owners demonstrated yesterday in front of the Council of Ministers, demanding the deportation of economic security personnel of the General Intelligence Service from observing the flour. They also demanded fairness in the distribution of flour and determining how it was distributed. Bakers also argued for the solving of the gas shortage, a reduction in the costs of producing bread, and to stop assigning flour distribution to agents.
For its part, the deposed Anti-Corruption Prosecution in Sudan interrogated the ousted Vice President, Ali Osman Taha, against the backdrop of a report of abuse. The Minister of Youth and Sports, Walaa Al-Boushi, submitted to the Anti-Corruption Prosecution, accusing a number of symbols of the ousted regime on charges related to violations and encroachments on the Sports City’s lands. She accused them of deducting part of it for the benefit of organizations and bodies affiliated with the Islamic Organization and a private university.
Meanwhile, a great controversy arose over the dialogue that Sudanese journalist Osman Mirghani had with the Sudanese Prime Minister, Dr. Abdullah Hamdok, between supporters and opponents. Sudanese observers and analysts told news sources that the biggest revelation from the dialogue was that the Bank of Sudan was still in the hands of the Sovereign Council, and they said that Hamdock’s eagerness to come to dialogue with some of his ministers was an ingenious gesture to confirm that he was working in a team, not alone.
Dozens Killed in an Armed Attack in Abyei
At least 29 people were killed and 18 wounded, in addition to the kidnapping of 15 children, in an attack launched by armed men yesterday morning in Alal district of the disputed area of Abyei, between Sudan and South Sudan. Kual Alor Kual, head of the Abyei district administration, said that an armed group attacked the village of Coulomb, and burned a number of houses. Koala condemned the attack, explaining that the residents of the area are under the protection of the United Nations forces.