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Two leaders of the Alliance of Forces for Freedom and Change have postponed a scheduled round of talks scheduled for Friday (19 July) with the ruling military junta to conduct "internal consultations" to reach a unified vision on the accord, without setting a new date for the agreement.

On Wednesday morning, army and protest leaders initialed an agreement to form a joint military-civilian council that would establish a transitional administration to run the country for a 39-month period, one of the main demands of the protesters.

It was scheduled to hold the session of the negotiations Friday to discuss the "constitutional declaration" complementary to the agreement, which contains crucial issues and the dispute between the parties, including granting absolute immunity to the generals and the formation of parliament and the status of paramilitary forces.

But Omar al-Deqir, leader of the Alliance of Forces for Freedom and Change, said on Friday morning that "negotiations have been postponed," adding that the coalition "needs internal consultations to agree on a unified vision" on the agreement. "I am going to the airport to go to Addis Ababa to meet the representatives of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front," he said, referring to three armed rebel groups in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

This is confirmed by the friend of Yusuf, leader of the alliance also. "The armed groups have expressed their reservations about the political declaration, so he will travel to Addis Ababa," Youssef told AFP. "These groups are dissatisfied with the political agreement."

On Wednesday, the three rebel groups expressed concern immediately after initialing the agreement and said at a press conference in Addis Ababa that some key issues such as peace in conflict zones and meeting the needs of "vulnerable people" were not addressed.

Controversial points in the upcoming negotiations

According to sources familiar with the negotiations, rebel groups want the constitutional declaration to state clearly that peace talks in these states are a top priority once the transitional government is formed.

As it wants to be included in the transitional government after the signing of peace agreements in these states. It also demands that those accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in the Sudan be handed over to the ICC, like former President Omar al-Bashir.

Analysts said Friday's talks were crucial, especially as the two sides were to negotiate a "constitutional declaration" containing complex issues of disagreement.

The "absolute immunity" required by the Council constitutes the most contentious issue. On the position of the coalition on this issue, he stressed that "the immunity in the form presented is unacceptable to us." "We will not give up and we will not back down" from our position by rejecting absolute immunity.

Since the outbreak of protests on December 19, more than 246 demonstrators have been killed across the country, according to the Central Sudan Committee of Physicians, including 127 people, on June 3 during a sit-in outside the Khartoum Armed Forces headquarters.


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