Former Sudanese Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdouk, visited Juba, the capital of South Sudan, to present a roadmap aimed at resolving the ongoing political crisis in Sudan. This visit is part of the broader effort to alleviate the tense situation in Sudan resulting from the military coup and the subsequent political unrest. Hamdouk, who was ousted from his position following the coup, seeks to play a role in mediation and negotiations among the different factions in Sudan to reach a national consensus and political stability.
The Invitation and the Roadmap
Hamdouk was invited by the South Sudanese government to present proposals and a 'roadmap' for resolving the crisis. The roadmap includes practical suggestions to support ongoing efforts to reach a ceasefire, progressing into a comprehensive ceasefire with effective monitoring mechanisms. It also aims to link these efforts to a comprehensive political process. The ultimate goal of the roadmap is to achieve a final negotiated political solution based on fundamental principles to achieve comprehensive peace and a sustainable democratic transition.
United Nation's Role in the Crisis
The UN Security Council will vote on ending the political mission of the United Nations in Sudan. The mission has been described as disappointing, with a war breaking out in April between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces after weeks of escalating tensions. The resolution aims to terminate the mission within the next three months, while a UN team will continue to provide humanitarian and development assistance.
The Significance of South Sudan's Mediation
It is noteworthy that South Sudan, which gained its independence in 2011, has a history of mediating between Sudanese parties. Juba is considered a significant center for these efforts, and Hamdouk's visit underlines the crucial role that South Sudan can play in the resolution of the Sudanese crisis.