At Conference in Addis Ababa, Former PM Hamdok Calls for Peace and Unity in Sudan

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Speaking in Addis Ababa, Abdallah Hamdok, the former Prime Minister of Sudan and leader of the Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces (Tagadum), emphasized his commitment to engaging with Sudan’s warring parties to seek a peaceful resolution.

At the inaugural conference of Tagadum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, attended by 600 participants, Abdallah Hamdok highlighted five critical issues for discussion over the three-day event: security reforms, humanitarian aid, health, education, and post-war reconstruction for Sudan. The agenda also includes presentations and deliberations on humanitarian concerns and hate speech.

Hamdok reaffirmed Tagadum’s neutral position, declaring, “We stand with the families of the martyrs, both civilian and military, and with those involuntarily caught up in this war.” This assertion was aimed at addressing claims that the anti-war coalition is biased towards the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) over the Sudanese army, a perception that has reportedly complicated communication with the army commander regarding potential peace negotiations.

The opening session saw the attendance of various dignitaries, including Ethiopian government officials, international envoys, and representatives from diplomatic missions in Addis Ababa. Hamdok praised Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his efforts in mediating the conflict in Sudan.

Contrary to simultaneous peace initiatives happening in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, fixated on mediating between Sudan’s warring army generals, efforts in Ethiopia are mainly focused on Sudan’s civilian leadership and civil society. 

The former Prime Minister expressed sorrow over the severe impact of the two-year conflict, highlighting the tragic loss of thousands of lives, the displacement of millions, and the extensive destruction it has wrought. He also extended his gratitude to the nations that have welcomed Sudanese refugees and urged them to continue their support and assistance.

Humanitarian warning

Hamdok highlighted the severe impact of the ongoing conflict in Sudan, noting unprecedented levels of devastation and humanitarian crisis. He emphasized the urgent threat of famine, which could claim millions of lives if not addressed, and called on regional and international communities to pressure both sides to allow unconditional aid. Hamdok also urged expedited negotiations for a ceasefire and transition to civilian rule.

Addressing allegations of bias, Hamdok reaffirmed Tagadum’s impartial stance and condemned the use of food and medicine as weapons against civilians. He stressed the catastrophic consequences of prolonging the war, including significant loss of life and the destruction of future generations. He also highlighted the rise of hate speech, calling for a strong response against racism and incitement.

Hamdok confirmed that efforts to engage both military leaders were ongoing, with invitations extended to the army and RSF commanders to discuss ending the war. He underscored that Tagadum aims to unify civil forces and form a broad coalition to ensure the survival of the Sudanese state. A round table conference was proposed to address national issues, with delegations from various political groups attending the conference’s opening session.

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