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Sudan peace on rocks as integration of armed forces crumbles

Juba, South Sudan,

June 19, 2021 – The decision by the leader of the Rapid Support Forces Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo to merge his forces with the Sudan army is at the center of the recent suspension of the Juba Peace Agreement between the Sudan Transitional Government and SPLM-North of Abdel Aziz Adam al-Hilu.

Juba Peace Agreement stagnates as Sudan struggles to merge armed forces
Leader of the Rapid Support Forces Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo

Some Sudanese political analysts based in Dubai told the media that,  there are 10 unresolved outstanding points between the two sides including security arrangements which is the most important provision.

In a statement seen by Nyamilepedia, the SPLM-N of al-Hilu proposes the integration of all armed forces including Rapid Support Forces (SRF) into the national army as a prerequisite for merging its fighters with the Sudan Armed Forces,” it says.

The statement adds that the Sudanese government should implement the security arrangements first before reforming the security sector.

Last month, Dagalo, also known as Hemetti said the integration of his group to the Sudan army is a red line, warning that the move could drive the country into a crisis of no return.

Although the Principles of Declaration was signed on 28 March  2021 and was accepted by the SPLM-N al-Hilu to integrate its combatants in the Sudanese army, the step was seen as a major concession from the rebel group which was calling to maintain its army beyond the transition.

Last week the tension between Hemetti and Abdel Fattah al-Burhan was very high to the point that the forces of two military commanders locked horns.

Tut Gatluak, South Sudan Presidential advisor for security affairs who doubles as Sudanese peace chief mediator announced on 15 June 2021 that the peace talks between two parties were postponed until further notice citing that the two sides need time for consultations so that they reach a comprehensive consensus.

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