Announcing the wait to be over, Tut Gatluak, Head of the mediation team and South Sudan’s Presidential Adviser on Security Affairs, on September 6, said that the final signing of a peace agreement between Sudan’s government and the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF)- a coalition of rebel groups, is set for October 2 in the South Sudanese capital Juba.
Taking it to the official Twitter account, Tut Gatluak said, “The second of October is the date for the final signing of the peace agreement between the government and the ‘parties to the peace process.’”
In order to solve the Darfur crisis that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in nearly two decades, Sudanese authorities and leaders from the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), a coalition of rebel groups, initiated a historic peace agreement on August 31 in Juba.
The SRF came into existence in 2011, and since then has been bringing together rebels from the war-ravaged western Darfur region, as well as the southern states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan. Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok signed a separate agreement in Ethiopia with a faction of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), which had refused to agree to the deal struck in Juba, officials on both sides said on September 4.