SUDAN COMMITTED TO CEASEFIRE IN DARFUR THROUGH DIALOGUE
The Sudanese government has reiterated full commitment to the cease-fire and cessation of hostilities in Darfur, saying the dialogue is the best means for achieving comprehensive peace.
Sudan "reiterates full commitment of the Government of National Consensus to the cease-fire and cessation of hostilities, and to the dialogue option as best means for achieving comprehensive peace," Sudan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The statement held the rebel group Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM)/Minni Minnawi responsible for the recent battles in Darfur region.
"Based on that aggression, the full responsibility falls on Minnawi movement which rejects the option of peaceful dialogue and all the initiatives which call for cessation of hostilities and constructive dialogue to find a comprehensive political settlement," said the statement.
The ministry further urged the European Union countries to exert more pressure on Sudan's armed movements to accept peaceful dialogue.
On Thursday, the U.S., British and Norwegian embassies in Khartoum urged the Sudanese government and the armed movements in Darfur to stop all military operations and negotiate a peaceful solution to the conflict.
"We call on the government and opposition movements to actively seek a political compromise and encourage the Government of Sudan to continue demonstrating readiness to compromise in negotiations," they said in a joint statement.
On May 20, clashes erupted between two Darfur rebel groups and the Sudanese army and army's affiliate the Rapid Support Forces.
The Sudanese army has been fighting three armed groups in Darfur: the Justice and Equality Movement, the Sudan Liberation Movement and the Sudan Liberation Army.
Source: NAM News Network