February 4, 2023 (KHARTOUM) – Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Head of the Sovereign Council denied, on Saturday, that the army was planning to overturn the framework agreement, which provides to restore a civilian government.
The military leader, on Friday, February 3, stated in the White Nile State that the army would not implement the framework agreement with one side but wanted all the Sudanese political forces to be included.
The political forces signatory of the framework agreement did not react to his statements.
Only, his deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo “Hemetti” issued a statement renewing his “full and unequivocal commitment” to the deal. Also, he welcomed the conclusion of the peace review conference by the signatory groups.
Al-Burhan in a speech Saturday, at a second mass wedding held in another area of the White Nile State, said that some were frightened by his previous statements.
“His Excellency addressed the political forces and those he described as (panicked in Khartoum) saying that the armed forces are not against anyone. The army has signed the framework agreement on the condition that it does not exclude others, and that the discussions on the issues agreed upon include all political forces except the (banned) National Congress Party,” read a statement issued by the Sovereign Council.
In line with the framework agreement of December 5, the signatories have to organise conferences and workshops on five sticky issues: peace review, security reforms, eastern Sudan crisis, dismantlement of the former regime and justice.
Two signatories of the Juba peace agreement refused to take part in the process despite efforts by al-Burhan to bridge the gaps between the signatories and the non-signatories who want to include their allies in the Democratic Bloc.
Al-Burhan stressed that three years of rivalry in Khartoum have passed in vain without achieving the tasks of the transition.
He further called on all parties not to proceed with the political process without the other forces as it was the case in other countries that had similar experiences, warning that exclusion will not build a state.