African mediation refuses to sit with non-signatories of the Road Map

The opposition Sudan Call and the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) failed to hold a meeting on the Roadmap Agreement for peace in Sudan due to their divergence over who can take part in the meeting.

The AUHIP Chair Thabo Mbeki on Wednesday refused to meet a delegation of the opposition alliance, Sudan Call, including Sadiq al-Mahdi, the opposition leader, Minni Minnawi the secretary – general and the Sudan Call vice-presidents Gebril Ibrahim, Malik Agar, Omer al-Digair.

Mbeki said he wants to meet only with the signatories of the Roadmap Agreement specifically al-Mahdi, Minnawi, and Ibrahim. He rejected to meet Agar considering they already took the faction of Abdel Aziz al-Hilu as the representative for the SPLM-N.


In a statement released late on Wednesday, the Sudan Call said Mbeki met with al-Mahdi, al-Digair and Minnawi in vain, as he maintained his rejection to discuss the amendment of the roadmap agreement with the Sudan Call.

Accordingly, they decided to address him a written letter on their position on the legitimacy of the Sudan Call’s representation.


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