British ambassador in Khartoum pledged on Tuesday that his country would work with the international community to achieve comprehensive peace in Sudan.
Speaking at a ceremony to commemorate the birthday of the Queen of England, Michael Aaron said “We are committed to work with the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP), led by Thabo Mbeki, the Troika, the United States and Qatar to achieve peace in Sudan, particularly Darfur.”
The British ambassador also commended the ongoing efforts to implement the national document of the Sudanese national dialogue conference which concluded in October last year, highlighting that what concerns Britain is the way to combine the national dialogue document with the AU road map and find an encouraging climate to enhance peace.
Towards efforts to ensure peace, in March 2016, the Sudanese government signed the African Union road map related to the ceasefire in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur. Five months later, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the opposition National Umma Party (NUP), also signed on.
Following a year of talks, in October 2016, Sudan’s national dialogue conference approved the national document.
The final document, covering principles of rule, public freedoms, identity, peace, unity, economy and external relations, will serve as the basis of the country’s permanent constitution.
In January 2014, Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir declared an initiative calling on the opposition parties and the armed groups to join a national dialogue to end the country’s crises. Major political parties and armed movements, including the Revolutionary Front Alliance which brings together the SPLM-N and the major Darfur armed movements, refused to participate in the conference.