Joint Statement on the National Dialogue in Sudan

March 24, 2015

The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States ofAmerica, the United Kingdom, and Norway.

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The members of the Troika (the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway) continue to support aprocess of National Dialogue in Sudan. A comprehensive and inclusive National Dialogue remains thebest opportunity to achieve a representative political system, and to confront fundamental issues ofgovernance, political inclusiveness, resource sharing, identity, and social equality. A genuine dialoguealso remains the political process through which to negotiate—and ensure—a credible and broadlyparticipatory national election.

To this end, we welcome recent pledges by the Government of Sudan and Sudanese opposition andcivil society groups of their readiness to participate in a “pre-dialogue” meeting without conditions.We furthermore welcome the convening of this “pre-dialogue” planned for 29-30 March, under theauspices of the African Union High-level Implementation Panel. The “pre-dialogue” offers a forumthrough which Sudanese representatives from government, political parties, opposition groups, andcivil society can together determine the structure, objectives, and timeline for a National Dialogue. Webelieve this common understanding of the process and the desired goals will invite broad participationand offer the best chance for success.

We again encourage the political leadership to ensure the time to create an environment necessary todeliver on their promise of a genuine, holistic, and truly inclusive dialogue. We will continue to followthe process closely, and stand ready to work with those who seek to advance meaningful reforms thatcan bring about peace and stability for all the people of Sudan.