Dubai – East
On Saturday, the official spokesman for the political process in Sudan, Khaled Omar Yusuf, announced the agreement of the civil and military parties that signed the framework agreement to sign the final political agreement on the sixth of this month, which was originally scheduled for signing on Saturday, the first of April.
Youssef said, in a statement published on the Facebook page of the final stage of the political process, that the agreement came during a meeting that included the head of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and the commander of the Rapid Support Forces, Muhammad Hamdan Daglo, and in the presence of the tripartite mechanism consisting of the African Union, IGAD and the United Nations Integrated Mission. Unitams.
Youssef added that the meeting reviewed the progress in the discussions of reaching the final political agreement, and identified the last remaining issues, which are the technical issues related to the stages of reform, integration and modernization in the security and military sectors.
He continued, “After extensive deliberation, the meeting decided unanimously by the military and civilian parties to redouble efforts to overcome the remaining obstacle within a few days, in preparation for the signing of the final political agreement on the sixth of this April.”
The official spokesman for the political process in Sudan announced, early on Saturday morning, that the signing of the political agreement, which was scheduled to be signed later, Saturday, had been postponed.
The statement came hours after the end of the security and military reform workshop that was held in the Friendship Hall in Khartoum from 26 to 29 March, which represents the last workshops and conferences on the issues discussed in the final phase of the political process.
The issue of uniting the Sudanese army by merging the Rapid Support Forces and the armed movements under the command of the army is a point of contention between the military forces that signed the framework agreement concluded last December.
Military sources told Al-Sharq that “the Sudanese Armed Forces will not sign the final agreement without reaching an agreement on the schedules and years of integrating the Rapid Support Forces and movements into the Sudanese army.”
During the workshop, the military set a “vision for reform within a maximum period of 3 years,” to integrate the Rapid Support Forces into the army according to specific timetables, according to Al Sharq sources.
The sources also indicated that this includes reviewing and amending the laws of the security and military forces, in addition to the need to stop recruitment immediately.
In a previous statement, the spokesman for the Sudanese political process indicated that the workshop sessions were characterized by “frank and transparent discussions on an issue that represents a pillar of building a modern democratic civil state.”
He added, “Despite the difficulty and complexity of these discussions, the workshop constituted a step in the right direction, which will be complemented by the discussions of the technical committees, which will continue their work to reach a clear plan for reform, merger, and modernization.”
Youssef pointed out that “the political process has now reached its last stage,” expressing his awareness of the complexity of the task entrusted to all parties to find solutions to the remaining issues.
Youssef appreciated the assurances of the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces to “commit to the political process, engage in discussion of the remaining issues, and work to reach consensus on them as soon as possible, in order to include them in the final political agreement expected to be signed in the coming days.”
A statement from the official spokesman for the political process
A meeting was held in the Republican Palace at exactly one o’clock this afternoon, Saturday, corresponding to April 1, which included Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, and the leaders of the civil forces that signed the framework agreement and the tripartite mechanism consisting of the African Union, IGAD, and the United Nations Integrated Mission “UNTAMS”.
The meeting reviewed the progress in the discussions on reaching the final political agreement and identified the last remaining issues, which are the technical issues related to the stages of reform, integration and modernization in the security and military sector, whose temporal scope and main issues were resolved in the paper of principles and foundations for reforming the security and military sector signed on March 15, and after extensive deliberation, the meeting decided With the unanimous consent of the military and civil parties, they redouble their efforts to overcome the remaining obstacle within a few days, in preparation for the signing of the final political agreement on the sixth of this April.
Khartoum – April 1, 2023 AD
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