According to SPLM-N El Hilu, a broad national dialogue through workshops, in accordance with the methodology mentioned in the Addis Ababa agreement, should lead to a national consensus on a viable secular state. This new Sudan will not impose laws based on religion. The movement reaffirmed its commitment to what Hamdok and El Hilu agreed to in Addis Ababa. The guarantors of the agreement of Chad, Qatar, Egypt, the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations also welcomed the agreement. But political commentator James Okuk said the peace deal had not brought much benefit to the people of South Sudan because important provisions had not been implemented. The SRF includes rebel groups from the war-torn western Darfur region, as well as the Southern Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. The peace agreement covers a number of sensitive issues, ranging from land ownership, reparations and compensation to prosperity, power-sharing and the return of refugees and internally displaced persons. The expectation of lasting peace and prosperity had begun to dwindle until the end of 2018, when a renewed peace agreement was reached. The hope is that peace will prevail. But after so many failed attempts to end hostilities, there is some skepticism. Can this last ceasefire hold? Since independence in 1956, several civil wars have raged, including the one in 1983-2005, which led to the secession of the South. In a statement to the press, SPLM-N El Hilu yesterday criticised the statement of the High Peace Council at its meeting on Monday.
Rebel spokesman Ammar Daldoum said the High Peace Council had ignored the contentious issues mentioned in the two agreements signed by Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and El Hilu on 3 and 4 September in Addis Ababa. The management of refugees and the successful return of nationals must therefore be an important pillar of South Sudan`s peace strategy. The Sudanese government and rebel groups reached a peace deal on Saturday aimed at ending decades of war that have left hundreds of thousands dead. Sudan`s interim government and several rebel groups have signed a historic peace agreement in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Hundreds of thousands of people have died in various conflicts, and observers say the road ahead could be difficult. Cheers erupted when representatives of the government and a coalition of armed groups called the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) signed the agreement on Saturday, a year after peace talks began, at a ceremony in Juba, the capital of neighboring South Sudan.