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WFP congratulates Sudanese Government and SPLM-North for signing the declaration principle

March 29, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley on Sunday congratulated the Sudanese leaders and one of the rebel groups for agreeing to principles to resolve their conflict including that of freedom of religion.

President Salva Kiir holding the hands of the two Sudanese leaders al-Burhan and al-Nur in J1 after the signing of the Declaration of the Principles(Photo credit: courtesy image)

On Sunday, the Transitional Government of Sudan and SPLM-North of General Abdel Aziz Adam al-Hilu, a holdout Sudan’s opposition group to the Juba peace agreement, signed the Declaration of Principles. 

The two parties agreed on the establishment of a civil, democratic federal state in Sudan where freedom of religion would be guaranteed to all Sudanese and the country should have a single professional national army committed to protecting national security.

H.E. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan signed on behalf of the Sudan’s Transitional Government and General Abdel Aziz Adam al-Hilu signed on behalf of SPLM-North.

Following the signing of the declaration, the World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley congratulated these leaders for finding a way to solve their conflict.

“It’s a great day, a day of peace,” Beasley said. “But peace is not made on paper. Peace is made in the heart. And these leaders have come together around the power of the heart. This spirit is the spirit that will carry forward South Sudan and Sudan to a great future for all the children will be blessed because the leaders this day are peacemakers.”

“At the World Food Programme, we use food as a weapon of peace. And at the United Nations, we’re grateful for the leadership and the support of everyone here,” he told a meeting of the two parties in the South Sudan capital of Juba.

“I look to the day that we (WFP) are no longer here because South Sudan and Sudan are not only feeding their own people, but they are feeding all of Africa and the rest of the world,” Beasley said. “But that can’t happen without the building blocks of peace.”

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