The Troika (Norway, UK and U.S.) has expressed its continued support for the AU High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) peace process for Sudan, led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki.
The Troika made the pledge in a statement issued jointly by the Governments of the U.S., the UK, and Norway, according to the U.S. Department of State on Friday.
“In support of the AUHIP-brokered Roadmap Agreement signed by both the Government of Sudan and the opposition, the Troika urges the signatories to honour the agreement by concluding comprehensive cessations of hostilities and engaging in an inclusive political dialogue.
“The government of Sudan should now create an environment that is conducive to freedom of expression and political participation by both armed and unarmed opposition in Sudan.
“The Troika is also encouraged by the government of Sudan’s decision to accept the United States’ proposal to support humanitarian assistance to South Kordofan and Blue Nile states (the “Two Areas”).
The statement said the U.S. proposal was intended to facilitate humanitarian assistance to the affected populations in the Two Areas, in line with AUHIP efforts for broader negotiated humanitarian access.
The Troika urged the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North to swiftly accept this proposal and facilitate the delivery of life-saving assistance to those in need in the Two Areas.
The ongoing unilateral ceasefires are a significant step toward peace throughout Sudan, it said.
It said, however, in order to realise sustainable peace, all parties must engage in a political process.
The Troika also encouraged continued engagement by the armed movements from Darfur with the AUHIP peace process.
“We call on the Sudan Liberation Movement – Abdul Wahid Al Nur to cease hostilities and immediately engage with the AUHIP peace process.
“The Troika also encourages the government of Sudan to make progress on addressing the root causes of the conflict,” the statement said.