East of Sudan Conflict of Interests

Neimat Al Naiem

The signing of the peace agreement in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, on 3rd October 2020 included five tracks aimed at putting an end to decades of civil war that have cost hundreds of thousands of lives. This agreement is considered one of the important steps in the Sudan peace process. Eastern Sudan track is one of these five tracks of the Juba peace agreement.

Some politicians and activists in the East believe that those who signed the eastern track are not representing the people of Eastern Sudan. They said that the groups who signed the eastern track do not represent the key political forces on the grounds. The eastern tribes and local components are varied in dealing with their issues.

Despite the rich natural resources in the east that included minerals, tourist sites, besides the harbor in Port Sudan as Sudan’s main port that plays an effective and major role in Sudan economy but the people of the east suffer from poverty, disease, and illiteracy. This contradiction leads some groups in the east to oppose the fight against all previous governments.

So the conflict of eastern Sudan is something questionable to the observers and political experts, they described it as a conflict of interests and political gains. Leaders of the groups and politicians, Elites in east Sudan are looking for their shares in the shares of power and wealth.

The people have legal demands and rights in free education, good health, fair opportunities in employment and labor, better life in general. A contradiction exists between these demands and the personal ambitions of the leaders.

The issue of eastern Sudan will open the door for external ambitions and this will threaten the stability and security of the east of Sudan as a strategic area, and the security of the Red sea and region in particular.

The transitional government during its third copy should take into consideration the real and root causes of the problem in the East. We expect that the committee headed by the FVP of the Transitional Sovereign Council, 1st Lt.Gen. Mohamed Daglo to discuss with the top leaders in the east to come out with reasonable solutions to put an end to the conflict in the east of Sudan which witnessed and suffered greatly from some tribal conflicts left behind tens of deaths and injuries in the three states the Red Sea, Kassala and Gefaref. It is high time for Sudanese to rebuild their destroyed and wounded homeland.

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