18 October 2006

Sudan: Asmara Peace Agreement And the Message It Embodies


Asmara — The Asmara peace agreement reached between the Sudanese Government of National Unity and the Eastern Sudan Front through the mediation and care of the Eritrean government was signed on October 14 2006 , in the presence of Their Excellencies President Isaias Afwerki, President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir of Sudan, President Ismail Omar Guelle of Djibouti, as well as the Secretary General of the Arab League, Mr. Amru Mousa, and a number of dignitaries of the region and the Middle East. The course to reach the agreement called for unremitting patience, transparency and towering spirit of understanding, in which both the parties and the guidance indeed deserve sincere appreciation.

The peace agreement is a vivid proof of the capacity of Africans to resolve their own problems themselves free from external pressure, and bears a message not only to the people of the region that is being drowned into an abyss of perennial crisis and unrest through internal disputes and external intervention, but also stands as an exemplary model for peoples of the world experiencing similar problems. Extending a message of congratulations to the people and government of Sudan during the signing event, President Isaias Afwerki said that this historic agreement conveys clear and open messages to the peoples of the region and elsewhere when viewed from the context of the existing challenges in the world.

Indeed, as President Isaias underlined, it is important to realize that the world is passing through dangerous times, which can only arouse the concomitant awareness of peoples. What is in vogue today is not "conflict resolution" but "the complication and perpetuation of conflicts" by some shortsighted powers; thereby creating suitable grounds to satisfy their selfish interests of controlling and dominating the resources of our planet. Even the regional and international organizations that were founded to secure peace and stability have been transformed into mere extensions or appendages of the offices of major powers that represent the interests of the sole superpower. Besides, it is distressing to see peace processes degenerating into forums of public acrimony instead of promoting genuine and enduring solutions.

Yet, in times where inexcusable damages are being wedged upon various peoples of the world through failed peace processes that were projected to keep instability, the Sudanese peace process that was guided through the mediation of the Eritrean government is encouraging and inspiring to all peace-seeking parties, as it proved to be a genuine settlement for enduring peace. Hence, when cited from the perspective of the Eritrean government's policy, there is absolute need to refrain from policies and acts that spawn internal crisis and conflict, and to seek and secure domestic solutions to internal problems. This can be ensured by avoiding an alley that leads to external intervention and solve issues openheartedly and modestly.

Thus, the agreement reached between the Sudanese Government of National Unity and the Eastern Sudan Front has become a success as it emanated from the aforementioned connotations of genuine and unremitting efforts. Yet, it is important to note that there is no sitting back and relaxing as there are parties that seek to undermine the prevalence of enduring peace. Taking into consideration the fact that the agreement represents one of the building blocks of peace and that there can be challenges ahead during implementation, the people and Government of the Sudan "need to transform this historic agreement into a solid and unshakable building block of unity through proper care and safeguarding". The people and Government of Eritrea also wish success to the process.

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