The head of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) has declined a proposal by Sudanese opposition groups to negotiate a supplemental document to the Roadmap Agreement which is already signed by the government last March.
On 19 June, the leader of the National Umma Party (NUP), Sadiq al-Mahdi – acting on behalf of the Sudan Call forces – sent a letter to AUHIP chair Thabo Mbeki and attached with it ’A Proposal to Break the Impasse on the Roadmap Agreement’.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the announcement by the Sudanese Government of a four-month unilateral cessation of hostilities, beginning on 18 June 2016, in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.
In a statement issued this afternoon by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban also welcomed the six-month unilateral cessation of hostilities declared by the Sudan Revolutionary Forces in the Two Areas and Darfur on 28 April 2016.
“These commitments should ease the suffering of the people living in the affected areas,” said the statement, through which the UN chief also urged the parties to allow and facilitate urgently needed humanitarian access to these areas.