Delay in peace deal between Sudanese government and armed groups

FILE PHOTO: South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit reacts upon arrival at Khartoum airport, Sudan November 1,2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit reacts upon arrival at Khartoum airport, Sudan November 1,2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File Photo

South Sudan mediation team on Thursday announced that the signing of a peace deal between Sudanese government and the armed groups has been delayed to Aug. 31.

“After consultations with all parties, we have decided to delay the signing of the deal from Friday (Aug. 28) to Monday (Aug. 31),” Tut Gatluak, South Sudan’s presidential adviser on security affairs and head of the mediation team, was quoted as saying in a statement issued by Sudan’s Sovereign Council.

“The delay tends to ensure that the peace will be comprehensive and does not exclude any group or a region,” he added.

Gatluak explained that the work on revising the papers of the security arrangements file in Darfur and the political protocol in the two areas (South Kordofan and Blue Nile) would continue on Friday and Saturday.

He further noted that South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit will address the signing ceremony to be attended by officials from Sudan, foreign ministers of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development in Africa (IGAD), Chad, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Earlier, South Sudan’s mediation team announced that the Sudanese government and the armed groups would sign a peace deal on Aug. 28.

Since October 2019, South Sudan has been mediating between the Sudanese government and the armed groups from Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions to reach a peace deal.