The Spark!

Osman Mirghani

Last weekend, Friday, almost all the media outlets published news articles and reports on a statement issued by the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA) signatory armed struggle movements in which it said that the agreement is passing through a dark tunnel similar to previous agreements.

The first observation is that the statement came immediately after the kick-off of the new peace talks with the SPLM-N (Al-Hilu) as if it is s red signal to stop the peace process till settling the previous agreements.

The second observation is that the states opted to divide the transitional government into two parts i.e. military and civilian, then it blamed only the military component for delaying the implementation of the security arrangements stipulated in JPA a matter that indicates that the civilian components have nothing to do with the implementation and here lies the danger.

However, the international community which provided support to the Sudanese revolution and removed the obstacles is keen to make the transition to democracy a success and to avoid the failures of the Arab Spring revolutions in some countries.

The recent Paris Conference which was attended by each of the President of the Transitional Sovereign Council, 1st Lt, Gen. Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, and the Prime Minister, Dr. Abdallah Hamdok represented a clear message that the de facto government should maintain its harmony till Sudan crosses to the safe shores.

Back to the armed struggle movements statement, it is apparent that they intended to make a split between the military and the civilian components.

There indeed are agreed-upon security arrangements in JPA, but it is also true that there are other important items such as the legislative council which is supposed to monitor the implementation of the agreement, and the completion of appointing the governors, and the formation of the constitutional court, etc.

When the armed struggle signatory movements leave all those items and tend to concentrate on the security arrangements, it aims at launching the first spark in a flammable situation in all parts of the country.
Let us hope that the government manages to resolve the strive before it happens.


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