Egypt, Libya Plan Sunday Meeting on Sudan Peace Initiative
Egyptian and Libyan officials will hold a joint meeting in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Sunday to discuss ways of activating an initiative aimed at ending an 18-year civil war in Sudan, reported SudaneseOnline.com.
Egyptian Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister Rafiq Khalil will, on behalf of Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher, lead a delegation to the meeting, said the news service, citing Egypt's state-run MENA news agency.
During the meeting, Egypt and Libya are expected to convince the Sudanese government and the country's opposition parties to approve the nine-item memo jointly presented by Cairo and Tripoli on June 26.
The new Egyptian-Libyan peace proposal calls for resuming the peace process in Sudan, forming a transitional cabinet of all political forces, specifying dates and arrangements for new general elections, and an immediate cessation of all forms of hostilities.
Sudanese government troops have been fighting with the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) since 1983, which has been struggling for greater autonomy for the predominantly Christian and animist south.
In 1999, Egypt and Libya put forward a joint initiative calling for a peace conference to seek national reconciliation in Sudan.
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which was formed by the SPLA and northern opposition political parties, has called for self-determination for the south and the separation of religion from the state, a demand rejected by Khartoum – Albawaba.com
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