Sudan and Darfur Armed Groups to Meet in Berlin Next Week

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The government of Sudan and Darfur rebel movements  will meet next week in Berlin to agree on  general framework for negotiation.

In this regard the government will meet with an African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) envoy in Khartoum next week to discuss the resumption of Darfur talks.

Speaking to SMC, Sudan’s Presidential Envoy for Diplomatic Contact and Negotiation for Darfur Amin Hassan Omer said that the Berlin meeting would determine the date of the upcoming talks as well as the requirements set forth by the AUHIP.

He added, the parties agreed to hold the next round of talks in Doha then set a date to resume the talks  after consulting with the AUHIP envoy.

He confirmed the government’s readiness to launch a new round of negotiations.

The government and the armed groups in Darfur held several meetings in Berlin earlier this year to discuss a framework agreement (pre-negotiation agreement) before to engage in the peace talks.

After a recent meeting held in Addis Ababa on 22-23 November, the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) said the leaders of JEM and SLM-MM initialled the draft framework agreement for the peace talks.

Germany and the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) signed a deal to facilitated the two-track process for a comprehensive peace agreement in Sudan. Berlin already organised a number of meeting in this respect.