Sudan’s Peace Process: Prospects for Achieving Lasting Peace
HE Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Sudan; Vice Chair, National Congress Party
Chair: Rosalind Marsden, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Recent months have seen a reduction in conflict between Sudanese government forces and armed opposition groups in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile, as well as an extension of the government’s unilateral cessation of hostilities until 31 December 2017. However, the Road Map Agreement signed by both the government and opposition in 2016 has not been implemented and the peace process mediated by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP) remains frozen. There has been little progress towards a broadly negotiated and monitored ceasefire, or humanitarian access in opposition held areas. In addition, the national consensus government announced in May 2017 does not include much of the opposition, and one of the main armed groups - the SPLM-North - has split into two, presenting further obstacles to engaging all parties towards achieving durable peace.
HE Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid, head of the government’s negotiating team, will discuss prospects for Sudan’s peace process following the permanent lifting of US sanctions, including the status of political talks, progress towards a permanent ceasefire and unrestricted humanitarian access.