Sudan ruling party weighs response to SPLM decision on partnership

October 11, 2007 (Sudan Tribune)

Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party said that is weighing response to the decision by their Southern partner Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLM) to suspend participation in the national unity government.

Presidential Advisor Mustafa Osman Ismail told the daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat said that they have not formally received the decision by the SPLM but will respond when they do.

Yesterday the SPLM decided to suspend their participation in the national unity government because of what they describe as the NCP’s failure to fully implement crucial elements of the CPA.

“He who thinks that we [NCP] will reverse our positions through pressure and provocation of foreign countries is dreaming” Ismail said.

The senior Sudanese official said that his party is committed to the peace agreement and that there are various committees looking into resolving the pending issues with the SPLM.

“We don’t care if their [SPLM] ministers are in the North or the South; we will not stop what we are doing and will not respond to pressure” he stressed.

The 2005 peace agreement brokered by the US and other western countries ended two decades of civil war between the Arab and Muslim-dominated north and the mainly Christian and animist black southerners.


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