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Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Chairman of the Sovereignty Council in Sudan, Lieutenant General Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo, leaders of the civil forces that signed the framework agreement and the tripartite mechanism consisting of the African Union, IGAD and the United Nations Integrated Mission “UNTAMS” held a meeting today, Saturday, in Khartoum.
According to the Sudanese News Agency (SUNA) today, the participants in the meeting reviewed the progress in the discussions to reach the final political agreement and identified the last remaining issues, which are the technical issues related to the stages of reform, integration and modernization in the security and military sector, whose timeline and main issues were resolved in a paper of principles and foundations for reforming the sector. Security and military signed on the 15th of last March.
She pointed out that after extensive deliberation, the participants in the meeting decided, unanimously, by the military and civilian parties to redouble efforts to overcome the remaining obstacle within a few days, in preparation for the signing of the final political agreement on the sixth of this April.
The official spokesman for the political process in Sudan, Khaled Omar Youssef, announced the holding of the meeting to set a new date for signing the final political agreement, which could not be signed in due time due to the lack of consensus on some outstanding issues.
Youssef said, “All parties will continue to engage in serious discussions, in order to overcome the last obstacles on the way to reaching an agreement that restores the path of civil democratic transformation, according to which a civil authority is formed to lead the transition and relieve the suffering of our people, who have never backed down from achieving their goals.”
This comes after the participants (civilian and military) in the security and military reform workshop, last Wednesday, failed to come up with recommendations on issues of reform and integration of the armed forces.
The Sudanese civil and military parties had agreed, after months of discussions and disagreements, to sign a final political agreement on the first of this month, to sign the draft transitional constitution on the sixth of the same month, and to start forming the transitional authority by the 11th of the same month, in order to return to The natural democratic path in the country, and the handover of governance to a purely civil authority.