ICC, Sudan discussed cooperation agreement on Darfur crimes: Bensouda

(KHARTOUM) - The war crimes court prosecutor discussed the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Sudanese government as The Hague-based tribunal prepares to send investigations teams to Darfur after the ouster of the al-Bashir regime. Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court on Tuesday concluded a three-day visit to Khartoum where she was received by the collegial head of state, the prime minister and legal authorities. Also, she had the…

Eritrean delegation congratulates Sudan on planned US terror delisting

(KHARTOUM) – Senior Eritrean officials arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday to deliver a message from President Isaias Afwerki congratulating Sudan for being removed from the U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism list. Led by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser Yemane Ghebreab, the delegation met the Chairman of the Sovereign Council, Abdel-Fatah Al-Burhan, as well as Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and Deputy-Chairman Mohamed Hamadan Daglo. This tribute was delivered after…

NAS pledges re-commitment to cessation of hostilities accord

(JUBA) – The opposition National Salvation Front (NAS) led by Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka has pledged its commitment to sign the Recommitment to Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) together with an agreed Declaration of Principles (DoP). NAS, in a statement issued Sunday, said South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOMA) agreed during the Rome talks that CoHA cannot be open-ended as it was to provide a conducive environment for political negotiations to…

Sudan’s FFC, military agree on how to provide 75 seats for peace partners

(KHARTOUM) - The Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), the ruling coalition in Sudan, and the military component of the Sovereign Council struck a deal on how to provide 75 parliamentary seats allocated to the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF). According to the agreement reached on Sunday, the FFC will give 35 seats, while the military component will give 40 seats to the SRF groups. In line with the peace agreement…

Sant’Egidio urges “full inclusivity” in South Sudan peace process

(JUBA) - Despite the internal divisions within the South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA) which happened just before the start of the recently concluded Rome peace process between the Revitalized Transitional Government of Nation Unity (RTGoNU) and SSOMA under the auspices of the Community of Sant’Egidio, the Community is urging inclusion of all the parties in the talks. “We are not intentioned to exclude and we are in no capacity…

ICC prosecutor in Khartoum for talks on Darfur crimes

(KHARTOUM) - Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrived in Khartoum on Saturday night for talks with the Sudanese officials on Darfur crimes. Bensouda was received at Khartoum Airport by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice, Siham Osman, and several officials from the Ministry of Justice as well as the Office of the Attorney General. She will hold talks with the transitional government officials on…

Islamists, Darfur allies of al-Bashir regime call to involve them in Sudan’s transition

(KHARTOUM) - Islamist and Darfur region political groups that participated in the regime of the ousted President Omer al-Bashi, on Saturday, launched a political programme saying they want to "make the transitional period successful". The alliance of the National Programme Forces (NPF) held a meeting at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum on Saturday to inaugurate its political platform including issues of peace, federal governance, and the formation of the election…

Malong’s forces reiterate commitment to ceasefire in South Sudan

(JUBA) -The rebel South Sudan United Army (SSUA) of Paul Malong reiterated its commitment to the ceasefire agreement renewed in Rome recently. In meeting brokered by Sant’Egidio religious community held in Rome from 9to 12 October, the government and SSOMA faction under the leadership of Malong renewed their commitment to the cessation of hostilities agreement agreed earlier this year. "The government strongly expressed that the security reforms cannot be made…