The peace deal between senior Sudanese government officials and the rebel coalition of the so-called Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) — which represents fighters in areas including Darfur, Blue Nile, and South Kordofan — was signed in South Sudan’s capital of Juba on Monday.
The signing ceremony was also attended by the representatives of the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the African Union.
Sponsored by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, the agreement includes a ceasefire on all fronts of the war zones in Sudan and would let aid into those areas of the country that were cut off from humanitarian groups during former president Omar al-Bashir’s rule.
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Sudan’s new transitional authorities, tasked with leading the way to civilian rule, also promised to bring peace to the conflict zones.
Addressing the ceremony at the presidential palace in Juba, General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, a key figure in Sudan’s transitional government, said the agreement opened a new chapter in Sudan’s history.
“We hereby confirm our commitment to making peace in Sudan and to lifting the suffering of the IDPs (internally displaced persons), refugees, and the victims of the war and to putting an end to the injustice in Sudan and to achieving the slogans of our great revolution, which are freedom, peace, and justice,” Daglo said.
He said the breakthrough had been achieved within seven days, while the former government had been negotiating with the armed groups for seven years but failed to make any progress.
Daglo also commended Kiir’s efforts for sponsoring Sudan’s peace talks.
Kiir called on the Sudanese rivals to proceed with their talks until a final peace agreement was achieved, warning that a failure to bring peace to Sudan would create troubles in South Sudan and in the entire region as well.
“If peace isn’t achieved in Sudan, then South Sudan will also be in trouble. So we want to bring the two countries out from these crises and to concentrate only on peace,” he said.
Juba has been hosting peace talks between the Sudanese government and armed groups from Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile regions since October 14.
The years-long conflict has left hundreds of thousands dead and forced millions to flee their homes in the region.