Sudan: Peace Negotiations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 25th September 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of progress in the peace process in (1) Darfur, and (2) Blue Nile and Kordofan.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

The UK remains concerned by the situation in Darfur and the Two Areas (South Kordofan and Blue Nile). We welcome the extension of the unilateral cessation of hostilities in Darfur by the Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minawi (SLM-MM), SLM-Transitional Council (SLM-TC) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) until 6 November 2018 and by the Government of Sudan until 31 December 2018. We urge all parties to the conflict to abide by these cessations of hostilities and to resume urgently the negotiations on a permanent ceasefire. We have encouraged the new leadership of the SPLM-N in the Two Areas to engage with the mediators to help us understand their aspirations for the peace process.

The UK is disappointed not to have seen progress on the agreement of a permanent, country wide ceasefire and full humanitarian access to all conflict areas since the AUHIP Roadmap was signed in 2016. The peace process should not be held back by wider political disagreements. We therefore urge all sides to lose no further time in returning to the negotiating table.

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