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Sudan’s Bashir meets South Sudan peace monitoring chief, Reaffirms preparedness to intervene

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has called on South Sudan peace peace monitoring group, the Join Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) to press for an inclusive political process as a solution to the unending war.

Bashir met JMECs chairman and ex-Botswana President Festus Mogae in Khartoum according to the Sudan News Agency.

Sudan Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said Mogae briefed Bashir about his commission’s futile efforts to end the conflict and the devastating impact of the war including famine to the population.

“The President, for his part, stressed the need to achieve peace in South Sudan saying that Sudan has a moral responsibility as the two countries were one country,” said Ghandour.

Ghandour further said: “President al-Bashir emphasised on the need to bring together the warring parties to end the war so that international and regional community provide humanitarian assistance to the war-affected civilians and stop the effects of the current famine,”.

JMEC is a creation of the August 2015 peace agreement signed between South Sudan warring parties in Addis Ababa Ethiopia to Monitor the full implementation of the agreement.

Speaking in Khartoum last weekend, Al-Bashir said his government is concerned about the people in South Sudan, as they were once his people too. Bashir said he was prepared to intervene to help bring an end to the suffering of the people

Information Minister Ahmad Bilal said the European Union, United States and “others” have approached President Bashir to intervene and stop the ongoing war and the surging humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

“We are the only country that knows every detail about South Sudan because we were one country. The nature of the struggle in Juba…we know it very well. So he (President Bashir) is quite eligible,” Bilal added.

 

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