SUDO(UK) welcomes the reported announcement on 23 August 2011 by President Omar al-Bashir of a unilateral ceasefire in South Kordofan. We hope that this ceasefire will be respected by Government of Sudan armed forces and aligned militias, and that it will be reciprocated by opposition armed groups.
SUDO(UK) regrets that the statement also reportedly said that humanitarian assistance would continue to be controlled by the Government. The level of humanitarian assistance reaching those displaced by the fighting has been grossly inadequate.
SUDO(UK) is calling on both the Government of Sudan and the SPLM to declare an indefinite ceasefire.
They should start immediate unconditional negotiations to restore peace and come to an agreement on all those issues which are disputed.
There must be urgent measures to ensure that human rights are respected, civilians are protected and that there is a restoration of the rule of law.
Both parties must refrain from using or encouraging tribal conflict.
Both parties must accept an independent ceasefire monitoring mechanism formed by the UN or AU or any accepted credible regional authority.
SUDO (UK) is calling for an independent commission of inquiry into the human rights violations in South Kordofan and for all those responsible to be brought to justice.
SUDO(UK) is also calling on all of Sudanese civil society to engage and advocate for peace and reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in South Kordofan.