(Moses John, Dar es Salaam) - REGARDLESS of the impact on the Sudanese national dialogue which resulted into new formation of the government
, yet the forest fighters Sudanese Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) have decided to put down the weapon and reform their group in legal political party to ensure peace and security in the county.
Recently the SPLM-N senior officials were in Dar es Salaam attended a conflict transformation workshop hosted by Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) and also met a special envoy from US government. IPCS is a Tanzania peace and conflict resolution organization currently promoting peace and tranquility in Sudan.
This showing that the Sudanese are now tired of fighting and killing for themselves and are looking on stabilizing of their own nation.
The government of Sudan has wide experience on different peace agreements, few to mention are the Darfur peace agreement of Abuja, Doha agreement and Comprehensive Peace Agreement of Naivasha.
Huge impact on the history of Sudan is the national dialogue which resulted to the new formation of the government in Sudan recently.
With all that efforts still the country has some problems in some areas in Blue Nile and South Kordofan States, where nature of the problems there are caused by people from other places and other States but keep their base there as their focal point for their business.
Cosmus Bahali Nkara, is the Director of the IPCS a Tanzanian organization specialized in peace, security and conflicts resolution based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania reveals that his institute is initiating peace and security process in Sudan.
He affirmed that the process is going on and the institute is in contact with both forest groups from Sudan and now paving the way to meet the ruling party National Congress Party (NCP) as a part of the Sudanese government.
He however said the SPLM-N through their leaders Malik Agar the chairman and Secretary General Yasir Arman declares and affirmed surrendering the fighting and being ready for discussion so as to ensure peace and security in the country.
Bahali said "We recently met SPLM-N officials here in Dar es Salaam, for a conflict transformation workshop, where we had a deep discussion and we actually saw that these people need help as they requested in order to stop fighting and transform their party into a normal registered political party"
Bahali added that the main demands of the SPLM-N are secession of hostility, availability of humanitarian services in Blue Nile and Kordofan states and help from IPCS to handle this process.
Bahali affirmed that among other things the SPLM-N leader requested to be helped and lean from Tanzania on peace and stability and how to handle Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) on demobilizing combatant.
What is need is implementation of the Security Sector Reform (SSR) in Sudan, building tolerance among the politically divided ethnic and political military groups and how to enhance and centralized national authority in all states for peace and stability in Sudan.
SPLM-N also requested to lean from Tanzania on the union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar which they think is very important lesson for uniting their party and the government. As well as maintaining of peace, tranquility and national unity in Sudan.
People in the states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan need humanitarian services like food and medications so as to ensure their normal life.
At the side of the CCM Mpogolo noted to IPCS director that CCM has good international polity that is clear states the ensuring peace and security to neighborhood and other nationals. This is peace process for Sudan is a party of the implementation of the party manifesto for foreign policy and CCM will utilise its experience to contribute and ensuring national unity to the sister country Sudan.
Bahali noted that he has the hope that this process will give positive result because it will start with capacity building learning workshops and DDR process in areas of conflicts.
"We are now waiting to meet with the NCP leaders from Sudan so that we can set the schedule and starting of the process. This will be set together with both parties the Sudanese government through NCP and the SPLM-N their availability and participation in process" he noted.
IPCS and SPLM-N have already prepared the MoU and will be signed soon for the implementation of this process and what is waited now is to enter into agreement with NCP for the same process.
At the side of Tanzania government the ruling party CCM is ready into the process and it will be implementing its manifesto for the foreign police through this peace process.
Tanzania has more than a decade keeping peace and security in Sudan especially in Darfur where the country has maintained sending peace keepers the military troops where up to now Tanzania have the mission in Darfur for peace keeping.
A mistake which is on the ground in Sudan now is continuation of the fighting where government forces fighting the rebels’ militias a thing which affecting the civilians to engage in development activities like agriculture and others by fearing fighting especially in Blue Nile and South Kordofan.
Ceasefire is now very important to the country so as to give chance to the people to engage in development activities.
The international community also should join hands to support such as this process so as to ensure peace and tranquility in Sudan instead of only waiting for censures.
It is also the time for US to lift sanctions fully as a step to support this process and to help the people who suffered for long time from access to quality services especially medication, transportation and many other humanitarian services.
Sudan is now doing great things for ensuring peace and security in the country including the national dialogue which involved almost all political parties and some rebel groups which they come out with a national document with almost 900 recommendations which are on implementation now including new formation of the government.
Seeing group like SPLM-N come in for discussion is a very huge step ahead on peace and tranquility in the country and it should be supported by all international communities and all well wishers to the Sudan.
Many peace and unity are now imaging out for Sudan for instance the retuning back to Sudan for the former Sudanese Prime Minister and religious figure Sadiq Al Mahdi from Egypt where he was living there since 1989 during the coup.
This is the new Sudan which is now imaging and shines for the peace and tranquility with support from other communities and nations.