Sudan signs initial political, security deal with rebel group




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Juba – Sudan and a rebel group signed a preliminary and arrangements , paving the way for eventual reconciliation through ongoing talks.
Sudan’ ruling council and rebel groups restarted talks October 2019 to end years-long conflicts, after a transitional government put place following the fall of 30-year autocrat Omar al-Bashir.
, which signed neighbouring Sudan, grants special status to two regions, Kordofan and Blue Nile, which are under the control of the rebels.
Representatives of the government Khartoum signed the agreement with the Sudan People’ Liberation - (SPLM-N) at a ceremony led by the Sudanese Salva Kiir.
“After this signing we are going to finalise the full agreement and the SPLM- will be part of the new system in Khartoum,” said Yasir Said Arman, the Deputy Head of the SPLM-N.
Under the terms of the , Kordofan and Blue Nile will be allowed to draw up their own laws, Arman said.
It also seeks to resolve long-standing disputes about sharing of resources such as land.
The agreement also seeks to unify all the various militias and government troops involved in Sudan’s multiple conflicts into a single , Arman said.
Sudan’s ruling council committed to the process, said Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, the deputy head of the council and the head of the government delegation at the talks.
“The government of Sudan is willing before to reach a peaceful settlement in Sudan,” Dagalo said at the signing ceremony. (Reuters/NAN)