Sudanese gov't, opposition ink peace declaration ahead of political talks

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-21 23:41:45|Editor: yan
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KHARTOUM, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Sudanese government and the opposition Sudanese Revolutionary Front on Monday signed an eight-point peace declaration in South Sudan's capital Juba ahead of political negotiations.

The two sides "maintain great importance in pushing peaceful process" on the basis of the Juba Declaration of Principles signed on Sept. 11, according to a joint communique.

In the latest declaration, the two sides have agreed to renew the cessation of hostilities for humanitarian purposes.

The declaration committed the Sudanese government to delivering humanitarian assistance inside and outside Sudan, noting the negotiations would cover all issues concerning the Sudanese crisis such as the conflict zones.

Mohamed Al-Hassan Al-Taishi, a member of Sudan's Sovereign Council, said in a statement that the signing of the political declaration and the agreement of the cessation of hostilities indicate that the peaceful process has surpassed the agenda.

The Sudanese Revolutionary Front brings together Sudan's Justice and Equality Movement, the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM)/Minni Minnawi faction and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector as well as other groups from northern and eastern Sudan.

Since Oct. 14, Juba has been hosting peace talks between the Sudanese government and armed groups from Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions.