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August 8, 2023

Source: Al Ahram (government-friendly, Egyptian daily with over 1 million in circulation)
Headline: Amid International Positive Reception, UN Security Council to Discuss Arusha Meeting Results
By: Tareq Fathi and Abdul Wahid Libini

UN Security Council to hold a meeting on Wednesday to evaluate Arusha meeting results. 

  • Sudanese envoy Abdul Mahmoud Abdul Haleem said the meeting reflects the council’s endorsement of peace talks
  • European Union welcomed Arusha agreement
  • Javier Solana said Arusha agreement is first step toward peace in Darfur
  • European Union representative in Sudan expressed EU support for peaceful resolution of Darfur crisis
  • UN also welcomed Arusha results

Source: Al Rai (Government-friendly, Jordanian daily enjoys wide circulation)
Headline: Sudan Not too Enthusiastic about Rebel Platform while European Union Welcomes it

Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim succeeded in gathering as many rebel groups as possible for Arusha meeting.  And the rebels managed to agree on a common platform for upcoming peace talks with government in Khartoum:

  • Eliasson said Khartoum was not too enthusiastic about Arusha results
  • Khartoum does not want to renegotiate Abuja agreement
  • Eliasson said he and African envoy will conduct shuttle diplomacy to narrow differences between two sides and convince other rebel groups to join peace talks
  • European Union welcomed Arusha results
  • Javier Solana promised to support peace efforts between the rebels and the government

Source: Al Khaleej (UAE daily, with over 80,000 in circulation)
Headline: Khartoum “Satisfied” with Arusha Results

Sudan expressed “satisfaction” with Arusha results:

  • Government spokesperson Ambassador Ali Al Sadig said government is ready to respond positively to some of the items on final announcement of rebel groups
  • Government abides by declared ceasefire he added

But Jan Eliasson said:

  • The government in Khartoum “not too enthusiastic” about Arusha platform:
  • Government not interested in re-negotiating Abuja agreement
  • He promised the government’s concerns will be discussed with all rebel groups
  • He and African envoy will conduct shuttle diplomacy to narrow differences between the rebels and the government
  • European Union said “peace prospects improved” after the Arusha meeting

Source: Al Riyadh (Government-friendly Saudi daily with wide circulation)
Headline: Sudan Welcomes Arusha Results and International Criminal Court Says Sudan Will Become a Shunned Country if it Did not Handover Harun
By: Baleegh Hasballah

  • Luis Moreno-Ocampo said if Sudan does not want to become a shunned state, it must respect international law and handover Ahmed Harun for trial as a war criminal

Meanwhile, Jan Eliasson met with Sudanese officials to share Arusha meeting results

  • Mtutrif Siddiq welcomed Arusha results
  • He said government respects ceasefire it announced few months ago and called on rebel groups to do the same
  • He also said government is willing to release Sulaiman Jamous provided he works toward achieving peace and not more fighting

Source: Asharq Al Awsat (Saudi-owned Pan-Arab daily with wide circulation)
Headline: Sudan Promises to Respect Ceasefire and to Release Sulaiman Jamous
By: Ismail Adam and Mustapha Sirri

Sudanese government promised to respect ceasefire to set the stage for lasting peace in war-torn Darfur region:

  • Government pleased with Arusha results
  • It expressed interest in negotiating release of Sulaiman Jamous to ensure his participation in peace negotiations and to increase peace chances
  • Foreign ministry official Mutrif Siddiq promised the government would abide by ceasefire
  • He urged international pressure on rebel groups to respect ceasefire too

Meanwhile Jan Eliasson declared:

  • Next few months to be crucial for peace in Darfur
  • He will be conducting shuttle diplomacy to garner wider support for peace talks

Some rebel groups headed to South Sudan to inform local government of progress achieved at the Arusha meeting.

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