UN peacekeeping chief calls on Sudanese parties to carry out political roadmap
October 5, 2016 10:49 am
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 5 — UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous, on Tuesday called on all Sudanese parties to implement a political roadmap, which serves as the basis for the peace process, including ceasefire, in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur regions.
Ladsous, in his briefing to the UN Security Council on Sudan's Darfur region, noted that the security situation remained volatile and the humanitarian impact of the conflict significant.
Despite access and reporting restrictions, the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) remained focused on its objective of protecting civilians and continued to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance, while engaging the parties to immediately cease hostilities, he said.
Meanwhile, Ladsous noted that an important step in the peace process had been reached with the signing by all Sudanese parties of the political roadmap proposed by the African Union High-level Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP).
In order to consolidate those gains, he said, the parties should now implement the document and commit to resuming negotiations in order to quickly reach an agreement on a cessation of hostilities and on modalities for humanitarian access to conflict zones.
The African Union (AU)-proposed roadmap stipulates arrangements related to cease-fire at South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur regions, entering a peace process and involving the armed movements in the national dialogue currently convened in Khartoum.
The opposition Sudan Call Alliance in August signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa the roadmap, ending months of controversy over the deal.
Last March, the AUHIP proposed the roadmap agreement for the Sudanese rivals aiming at ending the war in Sudan.
The Sudanese government unilaterally signed the roadmap agreement, but the Sudan Call, an alliance bringing together Sudanese armed groups and opposition parties, then refused to sign the deal.
The signing of the deal by the opposition opens a window of hope for the possibility of reaching a comprehensive political settlement that ends the Sudanese issues, particularly at Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions. (PNA/Xinhua)