Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

The founding conference of civil democratic forces, “Taqaddam,” received great local and international attendance and interest, and was described as a good beginning for unifying the civil front and stopping the war in Sudan.

On Monday, the founding conference of the “Taqaddum” coordination was launched in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, under the slogan “Our unity creates peace,” with the participation of more than 600 people from inside and outside Sudan, representing political forces, civil society organizations, professional sectors, civil administrations, and Sufi orders, as witnessed. A large international presence.

The head of the Taqaddam Coordination, Abdullah Hamdok, confirmed in a speech during the opening of the conference that they are not biased towards any party to the war in Sudan, and said: “But we are not neutral towards the issues of civilians and the civil democratic transition.”

Hamdok added: “The two parties must come to their senses and stop the war immediately and go to negotiations to stop the suffering of the Sudanese people,” calling on the international community to put pressure on both sides of the conflict to deliver humanitarian aid without restrictions or conditions.

Hamdok revealed the continued efforts of the civil forces to stop the war and begin building a united front against the war, pointing to calls directed to the civil and political forces and resistance committees, and communication with the People’s Movement North, the Sudan Liberation Army Movement, the Baath Party, the Communist Party, and the Minawi Group.

Hamdok considered that “progress” is a step in the right direction towards unifying civil forces, and that coordination is the beginning of creating a civil front that works to stop the war and ensure the survival of the Sudanese state above all ideological and political differences.

The head of the coordination proposed holding a round-table conference to resolve all national issues, pledging to work day and night to stop the war and restore security and safety to the Sudanese.

 

In his speech before the founding conference, the head of the preparatory committee, Siddiq al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, confirmed the arrest of a number of Taqadum members in the city of Sennar and the confiscation of their passports while they were heading to Ethiopia to attend the conference. He also pointed out that others were arrested in Gedaref state and prevented from leaving.

He pointed out that the Political Liaison Committee continues to communicate with civil forces and bodies that reject the war and call for stopping it, to join the coalition.

In his speech during the opening of the founding conference, the head of the Revolutionary Front, Al-Hadi Idris, called on the world not to recognize the government of Port Sudan, and urged both sides of the war to comply with the principles of international and humanitarian law.

Idris considered that “the continuation of the illegitimate Port Sudan government will lead to the division of Sudan,” as he put it, stressing that the peaceful solution to the country’s crisis is to stop the war and establish new political arrangements to ensure the country’s unity.

For her part, the representative of the political forces, Asmaa Mahmoud Muhammad Taha, confirmed during the opening of the conference that the focus will be on achieving transitional justice for the victims of the April 15 war.

She pointed out that the conference represents the beginning of a movement aimed at achieving the goals of the revolution, seeking to stop the war, delivering humanitarian aid, and establishing the Sudanese state again after the destruction that befell it.

In a related context, the representative of the dismissed and retired members of the armed forces, Lieutenant General Majzoub Muhammad, revealed a new organization that aims to achieve unity in the security and military sectors under the name “Solidarity”, and includes retirees of the armed forces, police and security according to the foundations of the democratic civil state, expecting good results soon. .

Sudan is waging a devastating war between the Sudanese army led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the Rapid Support Forces led by Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti), which left about 15,000 dead and more than 8 million displaced and refugees, according to the United Nations.

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