Foreign Minister Heiko Maas welcomes peace agreement in the Sudan
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement on 3 October 2020 on the peace agreement between the Sudanese Government and armed groups in Juba:
The Sudanese Government and some of the armed groups signed a peace agreement in Juba today. Following last year’s peaceful revolution, the Sudan has thus taken a further crucial step towards peace and reconciliation. All groups that are not yet parties to the agreement are called upon to now swiftly and unconditionally join those who have wisely decided to pursue stability and peace. I also welcome the South Sudanese Government’s mediating role, which facilitated this achievement.
Change in the Sudan is important for the region and essential for the country’s future. Democracy and economic recovery can only succeed in the Sudan if the decades-long conflicts are finally ended. Germany will continue to do all it can to support this.
Since the peaceful revolution in the Sudan, the Government led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has strived to resolve the armed conflicts with the groups in Darfur and the South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions.
The peace talks started in late 2019 with mediation by South Sudan. The agreement represents a milestone in the ongoing political transition process, which is to end with the holding of democratic elections. Not all parties to the conflict have signed this agreement.
At Germany’s initiative, over 50 countries and international organisations expressed their support for the African country at the Sudan Partnership Conference on 25 June, which also raised over US$1.8 billion in financial support, including important humanitarian assistance, as well as contributions for the urgently needed economic reforms. Furthermore, the conference lent impetus to the idea of cancelling the country’s debts.