Peace talks meeting held between Sudanese government and various armed rebel groups in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa since last Friday have yielded a tentative roadmap agreement between the government of Sudan and the mediators on Monday.
The African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki mediated the talk in Addis Ababa.
Mbeki said the deal “provides sufficient ground for progress on all matters in contention, including facilitating the necessary humanitarian assistance to the populations affected by the conflicts”.
Armed groups from Darfur and from the two conflict-ridden areas of South Kordofan and the Blue Nile attended the meetings.
The deal calls for all-inclusive national dialogue, the cessation of hostilities and a permanent truce as well as a humanitarian aid access to victims affected by ongoing conflicts in the East African country.
The roadmap is the only significant progress towards peace in Sudan since the AUHIP-mediated talks began five years ago.
But, the armed groups, including the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement -- North (SPLM – North), the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army-Mini Minawi (SLM/A-MM), the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the National Umma Party (NUP) have not signed the roadmap agreement.