The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs H E Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud witnessing the signing of a ceasefire agreement between the Sudan government and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in Doha yesterday.
DOHA: The Sudan government and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) of Sudan signed a ceasefire agreement here yesterday. The ceasefire came into force as of 23:59 hours Sudan local time yesterday.
The agreement comes as part of the ongoing peace talks between the two parties on the basis of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur and in accordance with the Declaration issued on October 24, 2012 on the cessation of hostilities and commitment to the peace process agreed upon by the two parties on January 24, 2013.
Dr Amin Hassan Omer, Minister of State in the Presidency and Head of the Darfur Follow-up Office, who is heading a delegation of the Sudanese government and Bashar Ahmed, JEM President signed the agreement.
H E Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, and Aichatou S Mindaoudou, Acting AU/UN Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, were present at the signing ceremony.
The two parties agreed to immediately commence negotiations on the remaining files included the agenda with a view to achieving a comprehensive and final settlement of the conflict in Darfur.
Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud described the agreement as an important step to achieve peace in Darfur. He said that the ceasefire is crucial for realizing peace, safety, security and development in Darfur.