Friday, December 05, 2003

Sudan: more on peace accord w/ northern oppossition

There's now more on that peace deal (see yesterday's post) signed between Sudanese VP Taha and Mohammad Osman al-Mirghani, head of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) ...

Note that al-Mirghani is also President of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), an umbrella group of northnern and southern opposition groups (including the SPLA/M) founded back in 1995.

So why do I bring all this up ... well, check this ...
"All NDA factions, including the SPLA, have mandated me to sign the agreement," he [Mirghani] said. (link)
And the article has a bit more on what the deal contains ...
According to a copy of the agreement obtained by AFP, the two sides said the deal "emanates from our conviction that war does not resolve existing differences, and our will to reach a comprehensive political settlement and to achieve a national consensus to consolidate the peace process."

The text said they support the peace process in Kenya and the "points of agreement that stipulate the unity of Sudan, the right to self-determination and the relationship between religion and state."

... It said the "the regime in Sudan must be democratic, multiparty, and presidential, and guaranteeing the peaceful change of power through free elections."