13 July 2013

Sudan: Beja Congress Denies Suspending Peace Agreement

Khartoum — The Beja Congress has not yet made a decision on freezing their participation in the government despite their grievances about the implementation of the 2006 peace agreement, one of its officials told Sudan Tribune today.

FILE PHOTO - Sudan's presidential assistant and former eastern rebel Musa Mohammed Ahmad

The official denied reports that emerged claiming that the Beja Congress decided to pull out from the government during its convention currently underway.

However, he noted that they have reservations on the government's behavior towards them and the progress of the peace agreement.

He stressed once inter-party deliberations are completed they will release a statement outlining their final position.

East Sudan which comprises the states of Kassala, Red Sea and Al-Qadarif is one of the least developed regions in the country along with the western region of Darfur and the southern regions of Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The peace agreement brokered by Eritrea provided for the establishment of a reconstruction and development fund to receive a total of 600 million US dollars in four years to fund development projects in the region.

But East Sudan peace signatories claim that Khartoum has sidelined them in the administration of development projects in their region.

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