The Sudanese government signed a political memorandum on Saturday with the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) — North led by Malik Agar, on issues of governance, authority and powers in the governorates of South Kordofan and River Blue Nile.
"[This] represents a fundamental step in the path towards achieving peace in Sudan," said a member of the government delegation, Ismail Al-Taj. "The parties now need to be prepared to face the challenges of implementing the agreement on the ground."
According to Tut Galuak, the head of the South Sudanese mediation team, peace in the country has become a reality.
The government in Juba, he explained, has started to make arrangements to celebrate peace and receive guests to take part in proceedings. "The remaining national issues in the peace process will be discussed by the factions of the Revolutionary Front as a bloc with the government delegation," he added.
Meanwhile, the deputy head of the SPLM-North, Yasir Arman, pointed out that, "The revolutionary front decided to end armed action and return to Khartoum to continue achieving national goals through political action, and in clear partnership with the military and civilians."