Sudan Signs Peace Agreement to End Conflict in Darfur

  • Leaders of rebel movements and representatives of the Sudanese government formally initialed a historic peace agreement in Juba
  • (SUNA) reported Monday that eight protocols were signed on the Darfur track.
  • The agreement stipulates the necessity of dismantling the armed movements and their fighters joining the regular army.

Leaders of rebel movements and representatives of the Sudanese government formally signed an historic peace agreement in Juba, South Sudan that puts an end to the chronic conflict in the Darfur region. The agreement provides for the dissolution of the armed movements and for their members to join the regular army.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit holds a copy of a signed peace agreement.

The Sudanese government and armed rebel movements in Darfur on Monday signed the Juba Peace Agreement. The Sudanese News Agency (SUNA) reported Monday that eight protocols were signed on the Darfur track.

According to the agency, President Salva Kiir Mayardit signed on behalf of the government of South Sudan, and the first team, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, head of the Sudanese government delegation, signed for the Justice and Equality Movement, Gabriel Ibrahim, the leader of the movement also signed for the Sudan Liberation Movement, Mona Arko Minawi, Chairman of the Movement, signed for the Sudan Liberation Movement Hadi Idris, and for the Sudanese Alliance, signed by Khamis Abdullah Abakar, and for the Sudan Liberation Forces Gathering, Abdullah Yahya signed.

“It is an important step in restoring security, dignity, and development to the population of Sudan’s conflict-affected and marginalized areas. We believe the formal agreement must be followed up with local peace and reconciliation efforts in the conflict-affected areas,” the countries said in the statement.

Immediately after the signing, applause and chants rose in the hall, while many raised the victory badges. The head of the Sovereignty Council, General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdouk raised the document, which was signed with smiles, according to a France Press correspondent.

The official Sudanese News Agency (SUNA) reported on Sunday that representatives of the Sudanese government and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front had initialed an agreement to end 17 years of civil war.

According to SUNA, representatives of the various parties signed their initials in Juba on the eight protocols that make up the peace agreement: security, land issue, hawker, transitional justice, compensation, reparation, nomads and herders sector development protocol, wealth division, power-sharing protocol, the issue of displaced persons and refugees.

Sudan’s transitional government and a rebel group have signed a preliminary peace deal.

The chief mediator and security advisor to the President of South Sudan, Tutko Gatluk, said on Saturday that the government of southern Sudan “has fulfilled what it pledged. Bringing peace to the Sudanese people.”

This alliance (the Revolutionary Front) includes the movements that fought in Darfur (west) and in the states of South Kordofan and the Blue Nile in the south. Peace negotiations, a priority for the new Sudanese government after the fall of Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, began last November in Juba.

The agreement stipulates the necessity of dismantling the armed movements and their fighters joining the regular army, which will be reorganized to be representative of all components of the Sudanese people. It should be noted that previous peace agreements, such as the 2006 agreement in Abuja (Nigeria) and the 2010 agreement in Qatar, have not been adhered to and have collapsed.

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