Makuei says ceasefire deal close in Sudan

<strong>Makuei says ceasefire deal close in Sudan</strong>
Information Minister Michael Makuei (photo credit: AFP)

The government spokesperson Michael Makuei Lueth has said South Sudan is optimistic that a political solution will soon be found to remedy the Sudanese crisis. 

Makuei said efforts were underway to establish a government of technocrats in Sudan—that would comprise a mixture of the army and civilians based on representatives from the country’s regions—who are part of the Juba peace agreement.

“Efforts are underway now and we are optimistic that the issue of Sudan will soon be resolved some ministers have been released yesterday and others are still inside but efforts are underway for the establishment of a government of technocrats and these are what Al-Burhan want,” Makuei said in a press after the regular cabinet meeting.

Makuei revealed that the Sudanese military leader Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan “wanted to establish a government of technocrats’’ and that “efforts are now underway to establish it as well as the supreme council that will comprise of a mixture of the army and civilians’’.

“…civilians who will be in that council will be representatives of the regions, not political parties,” he added.

Light against odds

However, Makuei said despite the recent situation in Khartoum, the Sudan peace mediation team from South Sudan had established that parties to the Juba Peace Accord have agreed to form the new government as per the peace agreement signed by parties in 2020.

“That peace is holding all that is needed… they are saying we will establish the government that will be inclusive of the parties who went per the peace agreement. These are the people who were in the Juba Peace Agreement, not any other agreement,” Makuei confirmed.

Last Friday, Tut Gatluak, the Presidential Security Advisor, who headed the delegation to Sudan, briefed President Salva Kiir about their meeting with the Sudanese Military Leadership headed by Gen. Al Burhan.

He described the meeting as productive and that they have reached a breakthrough with the military leaders on the status of the detained civilians, politicians who were still in detention.

Tut said the Sudan military leader Al Burhan had agreed to release all the political leaders who were arrested after the dissolution of the transitional government.

The team had travelled to Khartoum after a meeting of the presidency to try to mediate and resolve the difference between the military and civilians in Sudan across the political divide through dialogue.

The Sudanese political crisis began when the chairman of the Sovereign Council Gen. Abdel Fatah Al Burhan led a military coup on October 25, 2021, that led to the ouster of Prime Minister Dr Abdalla Hamdok and the arrest of some civilians and politicians.

Regional bodies such as Inter-governmental Authority on Development IGAD and African Union (AU) issued statements following the pronouncement of the coup by Gen. Al Burhan urging him to hand over the government to civilians.

African Union then suspended the membership of Sudan from participating in the Union’s activities indefinitely until the military handed over power to a civilian-led transition.

No to army’’

Yesterday, Aljazeera reported that US Secretary of State Antony Blinked held separate phone call conversations with Gen. Al-Burhan and Dr Hamdok and emphasised the immediate return of civilian rule. 

The meeting came after a last week’s incident where Hamdok was quoted by Aljazeera demanding his reinstatement and the release of the political leaders who were detained on October 25.

Meanwhile, the anti-coup protesters have continued with their march on the streets in the country’s capital, Khartoum, and other places.

The protesters are reportedly maintaining that the military should not form any part of the transitional government.