Mehdi Tells Egypt’s FM: No Reservations to Egyptian-Libyan Initiative
Head of the Sudanese Umma Party, the main north opposition group, Sadeq al-Mehdi said in Cairo on Saturday that he had no reservations regarding a joint Libyan-Egyptian initiative aimed at reaching a political solution to the Sudanese civil war, noting that he only has some additional notes that could activate the initiative, reported the Kuwaiti official news agency (KUNA).
Mehdi was speaking to reporters following talks with Egyptian foreign minister Ahmad Maher.
The Cairo-based Al Ahram daily said the two men agreed on “moves to accelerate the peace process”
Mehdi said he presented Maher with a memorandum containing five questions that his party seeks answers to before going ahead with preparations for a proposed peace conference.
The Khartoum government, the south and north opposition have agreed to a modified version of the initiative.
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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