In Sudan, negotiations continue with the two major rebel movements that have not signed the text, following the signing of peace agreements with certain armed groups last weekend. There is still much to be done for Khartoum to understand to the two absent from Juba, the movement of Abdelaziz al-Hilu and Darfouri Abdelwahid el-Nur.
Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok repeated it the following Sunday the signing of the Juba Agreements. One of his most important tasks now is to find common ground with the important uprising of Abdelaziz al-Hilu, with whom discussions are already well under way. But also with Darfouri Abdelwahid el-Nur, still resistant.
The wish of the Sudanese Prime Minister was publicly shared by the head of the joint UN-AU mission in Darfur, the South African Jeremiah Mamabolo, on behalf of UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres. And of the Western chancelleries knowing that a partial peace agreement would be uncertain.
In fact, a delegation from the Forces for Freedom and Change, the civilian component that led the revolution and shared power with the military, met al-Hilu in Juba on Sunday. Formal talks are expected to begin in late October, according to the South Sudanese mediator. According to a diplomatic source, they are working to establish a mechanism to remove obstacles to a comprehensive negotiation, including other actors. Implied: also creates space for Abdelwahid el-Nur and his movement.
Because that’s the biggest obstacle. El-Nur still denies any discussion with Khartoum without changing the situation on the spot. Although it means getting into trouble in its own ranks, where signs of disagreement have multiplied in recent months.