Sudan’s warring parties resume peace talks inJuba
Sudan's warring parties resumed talks in Juba of South Sudan on Monday with regional call for parties to exercise political will to resolve conflict.
In his opening remarks, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, who is the host of the peace talks between Sudan's transitional Sovereign Council and armed groups, said the negotiations took place as a result of Juba's commitment to work for peace and restore stability.
Kiir urged the Sudanese negotiating parties to have political will and make more compromises for the sake of achieving peace and prosperity for the people of Sudan.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni hailed the Sudanese parties for accepting dialogue as a means to find a solution to their country's political crisis.
"As you start to dialogue, please do consider to have a proper diagnosis of all the root causes of the problem that continue to split Sudan apart for quite a long time and bring a meaningful resolution to the people of Sudan," Museveni said.
"If you want to help your country, you must stop wasting time. The issues are very clear. The mistakes were misdiagnoses so adjust those mistakes," Museveni said.
He urged the Sudanese parties to consider their national identity and unite their different political ideologies in an effort to achieve public interest in building a prosperous Sudan.
"I am glad that all of you have expressed readiness to discuss and resolve these issues so as to move forward. I thank you and I wish good luck," said Museveni.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed called on the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to support Sudan's peace talks, urging Sudanese warring parties to exhibit a commitment to solving their problems through dialogue.
"Anchoring the peace process in principle of inclusivity and in a vested interest in the well-being of the people of Sudan is key," Ahmed said.
"It is my hope that proactive argument will emerge between the transitional Sovereign Council, and other parties to the talks so that all stakeholders will join the dialogue process and make a translation into a durable peace a reality in the Republic of Sudan," he added.
In July, Mohamed Hamdan Daqlu, the deputy head of Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC), met with Kiir in Juba in order to start mediation talks with the armed opposition groups after several rounds of talks failed to end the conflict.
In September, Sudan's government and armed groups agreed to hold peace talks on Oct. 14, under a mediation initiative fronted by Kiir. (Xinhua)