Summary: July 9, 2005: Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the CFSP, welcomes the inauguration of Transitional Government of Sudan, and the signing of the Declaration of Principles on the Darfur conflict (Brussels)
Today President Umar Hassan Ahmad al-BASHIR and Vice-Presidents Dr. John GARANG and Ali Osman al-TAHA were sworn in at the ceremony inaugurating the new transitional Government of Sudan and marking the beginning of the interim period stipulated in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed on 9 January 2005. It is a historic moment and a start of a new era in Sudan, an era millions of Sudanese have longed for during decades of civil strive and authoritarian governance.
The EU High Representative Solana commends the Government of Sudan, the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), and all parties that have participated in the drafting of the transitional constitution for their efforts. He encourages all parties to honour their respective commitments in the Comprehensive Peace agreement and implement it in good faith.
The High Representative also commends the parties to the Darfur talks in Abuja, as well as the African Union (AU) mediator, Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, for achieving agreement on the Declaration of Principles that opens the way for substantive negotiations. He appeals to the Government of the Sudan as well as to the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) to respond positively to the invitation of the AU and resume negotiations on 24th August, with a sense of responsibility and urgency, so as to rapidly bring an end the conflict in Darfur and to the suffering of its people. Peace is indivisible, and it must be achieved everywhere in the country in order to make the Comprehensive Peace Agreement sustainable.
Mr. Solana reaffirms the commitment of the EU to support the AU in its resolve to address the conflict in Darfur, as well as to assist the Sudanese Government and its people in their efforts to build a peaceful, prosperous, and fully democratic Sudan.
This statement is attributable to Cristina Gallach, spokeswoman of Javier Solana.