Mubarak stresses Sudan's unity as Sudan considers negotiations
Sudan-Egypt, Politics, 8/13/1998
During his meeting with a delegation representing the Democratic National Alliance on Wednesday in Alexandria, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt stressed the importance of maintaining a united Sudan and called for observing a full cease fire.
The delegation comprises southern Sudanese rebels and the northern opposition parties, including the leader of the Sudanese People's Liberation Army, John Garang; leader of the Ummah Party, Sadeq al-Mahdi; and leader of the Democratic Federation Party, Muhammad Othman al-Merghani.
President Mubarak stressed during the meeting the "need to preserve Sudan's territorial integrity, to stop bloodshed and fighting in various parts of the country" adding that Sudan "is exposed to numerous risks" and that "Egypt supports all efforts provided for maintaining solidarity among all Sudanese people's forces to eliminate these risks" Middle East News Agency MENA reported.
The Sudanese opposition will convene its first meeting on highest level in Cairo within the next two days. Garang said he supported the unity of Sudan on the basis of "equality and justice."
Meanwhile, Sudanese opposition sources in Cairo stated yesterday that the Sudanese Cabinet started making reports about the negotiations between the government and the Sudanese People's Liberation Army, sponsored by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to pave the way for taking a decision that specifies Sudan's point of view concerning continuing negotiations through this organization.
In a periodic meeting held by the concerned parties on Tuesday, the Cabinet asked the government to present reports that give a comprehensive evaluation of IGAD's mediation, which has been underway since 1994, and the developments of the concerned parties' situations in these negotiations.
The Cabinet reiterated the government's adherence to a peaceful solution, continuing discussions, seeking to achieve peace in the south, and applying the items of the Khartoum peace agreement signed by the government in April 1997 with six southern factions, most of which dissented from the SPLA, headed by Colonel John Garang.
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