The representatives of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States), Germany and the European Union have welcomed the signing of the Road-map Agreement by the Justice and Equality Movement, the Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minnawi, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), and the National Umma Party.
In signing the Road-map Agreement in Addis Ababa, the groups have demonstrated a commitment to ending the conflicts in Sudan and moving towards a process of dialogue as a basis for lasting peace in their country, the Troika said in a statement.
“We also commend the Government of Sudan for signing the Road-map Agreement, and subsequently clarifying its commitments regarding the inclusion of other relevant stakeholders in the National Dialogue and to continue to uphold any decisions reached between the opposition signatories and the 7+7 Mechanism,” the statement reads adding that that the opposition had expressed valid concerns which have been noted by the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).
“We believe these would constitute legitimate agenda items for any preparatory meetings.” The Road-map Agreement is said to constitute a valuable step towards ending the wars in Sudan. The signatories are urged not to lose further time in agreeing a cessation of hostilities and modalities for humanitarian access in Darfur and the Two Areas.