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The members of the Security Council welcomed the signing on August 8 of the Roadmap Agreement

The members of the Security Council welcomed the signing on August 8 of the Roadmap Agreement by the Justice and Equality Movement, the Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minnawi, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), and the National Umma Party.  They welcomed the support of the Roadmap by other members of the Sudan Call.

The members of the Security Council commended the Government of Sudan for signing the Roadmap Agreement on March 16, 2016, subsequently clarifying its commitments regarding the inclusion of other relevant stakeholders in the National Dialogue initiated by the government, and continuing to uphold any decisions reached between the opposition signatories and in the 7+7 Mechanism.

The members of the Security Council paid tribute to the efforts of the African Union High-level Implementation Panel in helping to achieve the Roadmap Agreement.

The members of the Security Council urged all signatories to continue the momentum to agree upon a cessation of hostilities, modalities for expanding humanitarian access in Darfur and the Two Areas, and the process for reaching a final political settlement through an inclusive national dialogue, and in this regard welcomed the commencement of negotiations on August 9 in two parallel tracks. 

The members of the Security Council recognized that in signing the Roadmap Agreement, all parties have demonstrated a commitment to ending the conflicts in Sudan and moving towards a process of dialogue as a basis for lasting peace.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations (UN).