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Friday, 14th December 2018
The signing ceremony of the pre-negotiation agreement for the resumption of the peace process in Darfur
On 6th December 2018, the Uganda Embassy attended the signing ceremony of the pre-negotiation agreement for the resumption of the peace process in Darfur between the Sudanese government and two armed groups in the Darfur region paving the way for the resumption of peace talks in Qatar next year.

The event took place after two years of informal talks facilitated by the German Federal Foreign Office with the support of the Berghof Foundation. The Foundation is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organisation that supports efforts to prevent political and social violence, and to achieve sustainable peace through conflict transformation.

The signing ceremony was attended by Germany's Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Walter Lindner, Qatari Special Envoy for Combating Terrorism and Conflict Resolution Mr. Mutlaq Al Qahtani, and Sudan's Presidential Envoy for Diplomatic Contact and Negotiation for Darfur Mr. Amin Hassan Omer.

The Joint Chief Mediator Mr. Jeremiah Kingsley Mamabolo co-signed the deal with the Sudanese government representative Mr. Mohamed Mukhtar, Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Chief Negotiator Mr. Ahmed Tugud and Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minnwi (SLM-MM) Chief Negotiator Mr. Ali Trayo.

Also present at the function were representatives from the U.S.A, France, the United Kingdom, Norway and the European Union.

The agreement provides that the signatories will resume talks on the basis of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD). However, talks could also touch on issues that the two groups consider crucial for a sustainable peace. In addition, a new independent implementation mechanism will be set up to enforce the would-be agreement reached by the parties. The parties agreed to resume peace talks in Doha during the third week of January 2019.

Mr. Amin Hassan Omer said that the Sudanese Government renewed its full readiness to resume the Doha negotiations in the same positive and constructive spirit in order to complete the final and sustainable peace in Darfur.

In a joint statement, JEM and SLM-MM said the signed deal is "is a road-map for a new negotiating process" pointing to the possibility to add news items on the negotiating agenda and the establishment of a new implementation mechanism.

Mr. Lindner said they are pleased to bring to a successful conclusion the Berlin Track of Darfur negotiations and to facilitate the resumption of the formal peace talks. He further added that his country was ready to continue promoting sustainable peace in Darfur pointing that Germany would be a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2019-2020. He concluded by saying that Germany regards peace mediation and dialogue as key instruments of civil crisis prevention and crisis management.

Source: Uganda Embassy, Berlin