The Sudanese government and Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLN-N) signed a Declaration of Principles (DOP)* in the South Sudan capital of Juba this morning, in which the two parties agree “to work together to achieve and consolidate the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Sudan”.
The DOP was signed by the Chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Sovereignty Council, Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan, and SPLN-N leader Abdelaziz El Hilu. And witnessed by South Sudan President Salva Kiir, as well as the executive director of the UN World Food Programme, David Beasley.
The declaration recognises that “a military solution cannot lead to lasting peace and stability” in Sudan, and the parties agree to “a permanent ceasefire once the security arrangements are agreed upon”.
In the DOP, the two parties agree to “the establishment of a civil, democratic, federal state in Sudan, wherein, the freedom of religion, the freedom of belief and religious practices and worship shall be guaranteed to all Sudanese people by separating the identities of culture region, ethnicity, and religion from the State”. …