Sudan’s Unionists welcome Paris Declaration
The Sudanese Democratic Unionist Movement (DUM) has welcomed the Paris Declaration signed between the Sudan Revolutionary Front (RSF, an alliance of the main rebel movements) and the National Umma Party (NUP) on 8 August. The NUP Political Bureau has officially endorsed the Declaration.
The head of DUM, Siddig El Hindi, told Radio Dabanga from Khartoum that the Paris Declaration addresses an agenda that is “crucial for a peaceful national dialogue, and the stoppage of the wars. The Declaration, supported by the EU, confirms the contents of former memorandums Unionists have signed with the SRF.”
El Hindi expressed surprise at the Sudanese government’s unofficial rejection of the declaration’s content, regarding the peace process, which, he said, corresponds with the regime’s aspiration for democratic transformation. He disapproved “the talk about RSF’s being dependent on forces abroad”, and demanded from the government to support “this important step”.
On 8 August, Malik Agar, chairman of the SRF and El Sadig El Mahdi, leader of the NUP Sudan signed an accord in Paris, in which they agreed on unifying the Sudanese opposition in order to end the conflicts in the country, and work on a democratic transformation.
NUP vice-president, Maryam El Sadig El Mahdi, who participated in the preparations of the Paris conference and attended the signing of the Declaration, was apprehended by security officers at Khartoum airport upon her return on 11 August. She is currently being held in the Omdurman Women’s Prison.
The Political Bureau of the Umma Party has endorsed the Paris Declaration as “the basis for the building of a new nation, and an opportunity to achieve a just peace, democracy, and equal citizenship through a constitutional process …, or as the basis for a popular peaceful uprising”.
The Political Bureau has instructed all party members and institutions to comply with the contents of the Paris Declaration, and “take immediate action to implement its comprehensive programmes in collaboration with the forces of change”.
File photo: NUP leader El Sadig El Mahdi (L) and Justice and Equality rebel leader, Dr Jibril Ibrahim in Paris, 7 August 2014 (Radio Dabanga)
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