Press Release

THE POSITION OF THE SPLM/NORTH ON THE MEETING IN ENTEBBE – UGANDA

📌 In its current situation, Sudan cannot afford confrontation between its interim institutions.

📌 An understanding is needed between the revolutionary forces and the institutions of the transitional period.

📌 The Entebbe meeting raises a deeper issue: the issue of a productive partnership in the transitional period.

📌 The Transitional Government with its two Councils needs a detailed joint plan based on the responsibility of each Council for issues of peace, the economy, security, external relations etc.

📌 Excluding any one of the components of the transition would push Sudan into the unknown

📌 The Counter-Revolutionaries are the only ones who will benefit from the current dispute.

📌 What is taking place should not be at the expense of peace.

📌 We are looking forward to signing a Final Peace Agreement and correcting the relations between the Sudan Revolutionary Front and the Forces of Freedom and Change.

The SPLM/North’s High Peace Committee, which includes its chairman Yasir Arman, its deputy chair Ismail Jalab and its rapporteur, General Ahmed Al Omda (SPLA/North Chief of Staff), held an emergency session to discuss the Entebbe meeting and the reaction to it, especially in the circles of the Revolutionary Forces and the Transitional Government and the moves of the Counter-Revolutionaries. The meeting took place after contacts made by the Movement with Sudanese partners and friends outside Sudan.

The meeting reached the following conclusions:

  1. The current situation in Sudan is fragile and cannot cope with disputes between revolutionary forces and the transitional institutions. We need to be patient and wise in managing the complexity of the situation.
  2. Apart from the meeting between the Israeli Prime Minister and the just cause of the Palestinians, the Entebbe meeting raises deeper issues about coordination between the different transitional institutions which did not start with this meeting and will not end with it. This needs a clear and comprehensive vision.
  3. This issue goes deeper. What is at stake is how to create a productive partnership between the different transitional institutions that can bring Sudan out of its multiple crises and build the new system that our people have dreamed of for so long.
  4. The Government’s two Councils do not have a detailed joint plan based on the responsibility of each Council for peace, security sector reform, the economy and foreign relations. The performance of some of those responsible for these files has fallen below expectations.
  5. Excluding any of the components of the Transitional Government is not possible and would have damaging consequences for our country. We need to learn how to work together. As Benjamin Franklin once said “We must hang together or most assuredly we will hang separately”.
  6. The region and the world are witnessing a deep political crisis and we need to navigate skilfully through these contradictions until our country reaches the safety of shore.
  7. The Forces of Freedom and Change need to qualify themselves to discharge their responsibilities for resolving issues of governance in the transitional period and should forge an effective collective leadership.
  8. The Counter-Revolutionaries will exploit differences between the forces and institutions of the Transitional Government and they are ready to do so.
  9. What is happening now could jeopardise the prospect of achieving peace which is our number one priority.

Lastly, we are looking forward to concluding a Final Peace Agreement with the Government delegation, to correcting relations between the Forces of Freedom and Change and the Sudan Revolutionary Front and to creating a productive partnership between the forces of the Revolution and all institutions of the transitional period.

Sudan People’s Liberation Movement / North

High Peace Committee
Juba – 6 February 2020

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