Title: Mbeki visits Khartoum next week to follow up many pending issues
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 01-18-2015, 11:42 PM
Jan 18, 2015-Khartoum-SudaneseOnline-The head of African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP), Thabo Mbeki, will arrive in Khartoum early next week in three-day official visit.
Khartoum-based Al-Rai Al-A’am newspaper reported on Sunday that Mbeki asked to meet senior officials in Khartoum’s government, including president Omer Al-Bashir, and Defence minister, besides the national dialogue committee, known as (7+7)
Informed sources told the paper that Mbeki's visit comes within the framework of follow-up of his mechanism to the path of negotiation in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states and the national dialogue launched by Sudanese president last January, in addition to the situation in Darfur and the relations between Sudan and South Sudan and resolve outstanding issues between the two countries
Last January, Bashir called on political parties and armed groups to engage in a national dialogue to discuss four issues, including ending the civil war, allowing political freedoms, fighting against poverty and revitalising national identity.
He also held a political roundtable in Khartoum last month with the participation of 83 political parties. The opposition National Umma Party (NUP) and the PCP are the only major opposition parties to accept Bashir’s call for national dialogue so far.
The opposition alliance of the National Consensus Forces (NCF) boycotted the political roundtable, saying the government did not respond to its conditions.
The NCF wants the NCP-dominated government to declare a comprehensive one-month ceasefire in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile. In addition it has called for the issuing of a general amnesty, allowing public freedoms and the release of all political detainees.
The SRF said it doesn’t reject the principle of dialogue for a comprehensive and peaceful solution, but they want a dialogue based on a clear roadmap to “move from war to peace and from totalitarianism to democracy”.