An Open Letter on Signing of Protocals

Now that the six protocols have been signed on the 6th of June 2004 in Nairobi and the Sudanese people await the final agreement;...

  
 Dr Ali Al Hag Mohammed 

An Open Letter to The Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement, The countries of the IGAD & the IGAD partners, The USA, the Troika (UK, Norway, Italy) Sweden, Germany and The European Union, the United Nations, Egypt and the Arab League.

Now that the six protocols have been signed on the 6th of June 2004 in Nairobi and the Sudanese people await the final agreement; we wish to address the following letter to the above mentioned and through them to the Sudanese people to clarify the following:

1. The Popular Congress is happy that a close to conflict and advent of peace based on standards of justice, freedom and virtue, comes to being in our country. We believe that the achieving of peace and ending war is a fundamental goal for the people of the Sudan in the North and South, who have suffered from the effects of conflict which has exhausted our resources and efforts as well as crippling the country. Thus we are with peace and stopping the war despite our suspicions regarding the credibility of the ruling party and government and their commitment towards these agreements and what they entail as human rights, provision of public freedoms and complete democratic transformation including all the forces of Sudanese society from political parties, organizations and associations, in place of the bilateral nature of the agreement.

2. Our conviction regarding the ending of war and achieving of peace is part of our religious conviction, a basis of our political activity and development programme. Thus came our direct contacts with the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement beginning from London in August 1986 through Harare, Bergen, Abuja, Entebbe, Nairobi...etc and finally the Khartoum Peace Agreement of April 1997.

3. Throughout the Inqaz period the prime current day negotiators were the staunchest individuals against peace & most keen on war (secretly and openly). When the issue of ceasefire was discussed in February/March 1993 and again in June/July 1994 they were the strongest opponents to it. When President Clinton appointed Ambassador Melissa Wales as an envoy for the peace process in the Sudan and recommended a ceasefire they were the most opposed to that. I refer to a stormy meeting held in the office of Dr Awad Al Jaz (the Minister at the HQs of the Council of Ministers at the time and official in charge of the military and security agencies). The conclusion of that meeting was the refusal of a ceasefire and preparation for war after the end of the rain season. On the political level a clear message was sent to the IGAD through a new delegation, that what was tabled regarding ceasefire and selfdetermination had no place in the talks. The peace process ended there and did not start again through IGAD until after the signing of the Khartoum Peace Agreement.

4. Indeed we need not stray far away and it is noteworthy that in the recent past when we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) calling for peace, end of war, self determination, freedoms and democracy, with the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement in Geneva in February 2001, it was these very same individuals whom launched a purge against the leadership of the Popular Congress, imprisoned them, closed down the party's offices all over the country as well as its newspaper. They also smeared the MoU and those leaders with all sorts of descriptions. All this was that they had realized that this was a genuine initiative towards the achieving of peace and now they are grudgingly acknowledging with the very same movement some of what was stipulated in that memorandum while continuing their transgression and persecution against the Popular Congress due to that historical memorandum which forced them to go to the negotiating table.

5. The Khartoum and Nuba Mountains peace agreements of 1997 were in their minimum a building of bridges of confidence between the warring sides. Some of these offici  
 
 

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