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ADDIS ABABA - 2 Apr 2024

Sudanese democratic group starts discussions about situation one year into war

Former Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, one of the leaders of the Sudanese Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces. (Courtesy photo)
Former Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, one of the leaders of the Sudanese Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces. (Courtesy photo)

The leadership committee of the Civil Democratic Forces Coordination convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday morning to discuss the situation in Sudan one year after the outbreak of war between the Sudanese Army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

The Sudanese Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces known as Tagadum in Arabic is a pro-civilian-power coalition in Sudan that is involved in peace negotiations in the War in Sudan and claims to be neutral in the conflict. The coalition was founded in October 2023 and is led by former Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok.

A statement seen by Radio Tamazuj said the leadership committee meeting which started on Tuesday will run from days 2 to 4 April 2024.

The statement emphasized the significance of the meeting due to the approaching first anniversary of the war on 15 April, the war’s casualties, and the resulting displacement of millions of citizens within and outside the country amid a looming famine that endangers more than 20 million people across Sudan.

Consequently, extensive discussions and deliberations are expected during this meeting, especially after the launch of the “Save Sudan” campaign by the Civil Democratic Forces Coordination.

Sharief Mohammed Osman, one of the leaders of the Civil Democratic Forces Coordination, told Radio Tamazuj that during an interview the meeting commenced with discussions on how to end the war.

“The sessions of the leadership committee meeting of the Civil and Democratic Forces Coordination commenced to review the first anniversary of the war and to discuss ways to stop it and develop an action plan for the democratic forces ahead of the inaugural meeting scheduled for mid-May,” he explained. “The meeting will also address urgent humanitarian issues related to the war-affected and their humanitarian conditions, aiming to devise a plan to alleviate the suffering of Sudanese and to stop the war.”

“This is the first in-person meeting convened by the leadership committee since the formation of the body and follows a previous in-person meeting of the executive bureau held in Nairobi, Kenya, in December 2023,” Osman added.

The meeting is expected to discuss various political and organizational agendas and to monitor preparations for the outfit’s founding conference and ways to halt the war and achieve peace in the country.

The Civil Democratic Forces Coordination reaffirmed its determination to continue its efforts to unite Sudanese people who believe in rejecting and stopping the war, achieving comprehensive and sustainable peace, and establishing a democratic civilian rule following the slogans of the December Revolution for freedom, peace, and justice in a democratic civilian state that truly represents all components of the Sudanese people without discrimination or exclusion.