JOHANNESBURG, -- The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has welcomed the signing of Sudan's new Roadmap Agreement, signed under the auspices of the AU High Level Implementation Panel (AU-HIP).

The agreement was signed by the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army-Minni Minawi (SLM/A-MM), the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), and the National Umma Party (NUP). The Roadmap Agreement was developed in March 2016 following strategic consultations with the various parties.

By joining the government of Sudan in signing the Roadmap Agreement, the parties have concluded the process for the adoption of the Roadmap Agreement. This represents an important breakthrough in returning the Sudanese security and political negotiations and processes back on track to achieve a permanent end of the conflicts of Sudan.

Dkamini-Zuma urged the parties to sustain the momentum of the signing of the Roadmap Agreement by ensuring rapid progress in the negotiations which will now resume in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on a cessation of hostilities and much-needed humanitarian access for the Two Areas and Darfur.

Dlamini-Zuma called on the parties to co-operate with the United Nations and humanitarian agencies to ensure that the needs of civilians affected by the conflict in the Two Areas and Darfur were effectively addressed.

With regard to the Sudanese National Dialogue, she encouraged the parties to take the necessary measures to achieve a genuinely inclusive dialogue that included key opposition political parties, armed movements and other Sudanese interlocutors.

Dlamini-Zuma further reiterated the significance of the dialogue as a process that would lead to the adoption of a new national constitution which would address Sudan's multiple challenges and thereby ensure stability and sustained prosperity for Sudan.

Source: Name News Network

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