Sudan restates commitment to national dialogue outcome

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has reiterated his government’s commitment to implementing the outcomes of the national dialogue conference, which is set to conclude its sessions on Oct. 10.

“We reiterate our commitment to implementing the outcomes of the conference and making it a document for building the future of the country and achieving wide popular and political participation in running the country’s affairs,” said al-Bashir when addressing a meeting of the general assembly of the national dialogue conference.

Al-Bashir further welcomed the opposition forces’ agreement with the road-map proposed by the African mediation, saying “all the remarks and recommendations presented by these forces will be under consideration to complete the visions.”

In January 2014, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir declared an initiative calling on the opposition parties and the armed groups to join a national dialogue to end the country’s crises.

The sessions of the national dialogue conference kicked off in October 2015 with the aim to resolve the country’s political and social issues.

The conference was launched with the participation of a number of Sudanese political parties, civil society organizations and some Darfur armed groups.

However, major political parties and armed movements have refused to participate in the conference, including the Revolutionary Front Alliance, which brings together the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector and the major Darfur armed movements.

The Darfur armed groups and the SPLM/northern sector insist that a preparatory conference should be held, according to decisions by the AU Peace and Security Council and the UN Security Council, to bring together all the Sudanese political forces to agree on procedures to initiate an equitable dialogue with the government, a demand that the Sudanese government rejects.

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