Sudan’s transitional government and various opposition groups under the Sudan Revolutionary Front umbrella on Monday signed the political roadmap and Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) agreements seen as a major breakthrough in the ongoing peace negotiations to end decades of conflict.

President Salva Kiir who has been mediating the peace process since October 14, lauded both parties for reaching the agreement and disclosed peace and stability in Sudan also translates into stability of Juba which is seeking recovery from five years of conflict.

“I want to thank the new leaders of Sudan for their straightforwardness that they would want to solve all the problems. The problem in Sudan, if it is not solved, will always spill into South Sudan and the opposite is also the same,” said Kiir in Juba after witnessing the signing ceremony.

“I want the two countries to move out of this crisis and so that they concentrate only on development for the people of Sudan and South Sudan,” he added.

The political declaration sets out critical issues to guide the talks and the CoH will open up humanitarian corridors in conflict-prone regions of Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile and Darfur where the Sudan government has been battling rebels for decades. ( (Agencies)

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