Addressing the opening of the 8th session of the National Legislature on Monday (October 28), President Al-Bashir told the National Legislature that he had agreed with President Slava Kiir on the formation of the police force and the interim civil administration institutions in the Abyei area in order to enable peaceful co-existence and guarantee sustainable peace and stability in Abyei. He also thanked the African Union and its High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan (AUHIP) for its role, adding that challenges and tension between Sudan and South Sudan had been removed through dialogue and communication. He reiterated Sudanís commitment to the implementation of all the Cooperation Agreements that it has signed with South Sudan.
The President also announced government plans to establish a National Peace Council to launch a national peace initiative and to follow up the peace steps and commitments and conducting extensive political consultations. He renewed his call for armed movements to join the peace process in accordance with the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur and repeated the governmentís readiness to give a general amnesty to rebels and hold consultations with them over the peace process. He thanked the state of Qatar for its efforts to assist peace in Darfur. He noted that the East Sudan Peace Agreement had supported security and stability and appreciated the role of East Sudan Front, Eritrea and Kuwait.
He affirmed Sudanís keenness to consolidate its foreign relations through dialogue and cooperation and said the country would work to strengthen its relations with the neighboring countries for the sake of supporting peace, security and stability. The President said the next elections would be held in early 2015 and called on all political forces to carry out preparations for the election. The forthcoming dialogue on the amendments that were suggested by the National Elections Commission would have an important impact in this respect. He called on political studiesí centers and the relevant bodies to contribute their views and proposal. The President affirmed the adoption of Shura and the commitment to democracy necessitated acceptance of the principles of peaceful practice of power and expanding the scope of participation.
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