Official negotiations began yesterday in Addis Ababa between the delegations of Sudan government, the Justice and Equality Movement and Sudan Liberation Movement - Menawi faction, under auspices of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan, which is chaired by Thabo Mbeki. Addressing the opening sitting, Mbeki said that the current negotiations comes as part of the African Union endeavor to put an end to dispute all over Sudan, including South Kordofan and the Blue Nile areas. He said that achieving comprehensive peace will be useful for Sudan, the region and the whole world. The Official of Darfur Peace File, Dr. Amin Hassan Omer, has affirmed the government commitment to negotiation for reaching a comprehensive peace in Darfur. The leader of Sudan Liberation Movement, Meni Arko Menawi, said that his movement aims for a lasting and comprehensive peace in Darfur which will end the suffering of Darfur people. The leader of the Justice and Equality Movement, Jibril Ibrahim, has asserted the importance of achieving peace in Darfur, affirming the commitment of his movement to the negotiations for reaching peace in Darfur and Sudan in general, taking into consideration specialty of the dispute in Darfur.
Engineer Ishaq Adam Bashir was sworn yesterday at the Republican Palace in before the President of the Republic as State Minister at the Ministry of Roads and Bridges, in the presence of the Chief Justice, Hiadar Ahmed Dafalla, and the Minister of the Presidency, Salah Wansi.
The First Vice - President of the Republic, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih, yesterday chaired at the Republican Palace the third meeting of the higher committee for humanitarian work, in the presence of a number of concerned ministers. In a press statement, the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Ahmed Mohamed Adam, said that the meeting discussed the indicators of humanitarian situation and got informed on the stability of these indicators in Darfur, South Kordofan and the Blue Nile States. He said that the meeting also reviewed the situation of 205,000 refugees who arrived from South Sudan, besides a comprehensive report of the Commission for Humanitarian Aid on the floods and rains and the services given to the affected citizens. He noted that the meeting has reviewed the situation at Abyei area and the visit of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the visits of partners and organizations. The meeting has discussed the plan of the Commission for Humanitarian Aid for the year 2015. The committee was also informed on the efforts for Sudanization of the voluntary work.
The State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kamal Ismail, has led the Sudan delegation which participated in the Second African-Turkish Summit held in Malabo city in Equatorial Guinea during period 19-21 of November to dicuss the African - Turkish partnership plan for the years 2015 and 2018. In a press statement, the Ambassador at the Foreign Ministry Imad-Eddin Al-Tuhami, noted that the summit has approved a matrix of the joint program which has included the fields of joint cooperation between the African states and Turkey in addition to issuing the Malabo Declaration which has asserted desire of the two parties to expand horizons of economic, social and security cooperation between them. The head of Sudan delegation to the summit has met on sidelines of the summit with a number of his African counterparts and the hosting country, during which he expressed thanks to the President and the government of Equatorial Guinea, besides the interview made with him and telivesed by the Turkish Anatolia Agency and a number of media organs .
The technical committee of the Economic Development Sector, chaired by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance, Mustafa Howli, Sunday approved the plan of the Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity for the year 2015. The most prominent projects of the plan includes the early warning system for floods, proceeding in the project for reducing the electricity power loss, providing electricity power for the agricultural projects and increasing the electricity production, expanding the power networks and increasing the dams and water harvest projects. Meanwhile, the sector's technical committee approved the plan of the Ministry of Finance for the year 2015 which is focused on increasing the industrial production, realizing added value, increasing the sugar production from 701,000 tons in the year 2014 to 817,000 tons in the year 2015 as well as increasing the wheat flour, cement and edible oil production. The technical committee also approved the plan of the Ministry of Minerals for the year 2015 which aims to organizing and legalizing the traditional mining, increasing the minerals production and modernizing Sudan geological map.