In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate
The National Dialogue Conference
Under the Slogan (Sudan for All Sudanese)
“And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided,” (Sourate Aal-Imran ,verse 103)
Following the response of political parties and movements to National Dialogue initiative launched by the President of the Republic, a working plan has been set to carry out all steps of the national dialogue as follows:
First: Aims and Goals:
- Setting a constitution based on political and societal consensus will build a country of justice, good governance and active political system.
- Cooperation of all the Sudanese to overcome crises.
- Consensus on a constitution and legal legislation that both guarantee the rights, freedoms and social justice and setting independent system to protect the rights.
- Consensus on legislation and suitable procedures for running transparent, fair and impartial elections by a politically, financially and administratively independent commission.
Second: Conditions for creating suitable atmosphere and building confidence:
- Release of all political detainees
- Guarantee of expression and publication freedoms
- Avoiding hate speeches and exchange of media insults among the participants in the dialogue.
- Necessary guarantees for the protection of arms holders to take part in the dialogue besides a comprehensive cease fire and security measures in place.
The Judiciary is the only responsible body for issues of expression and publication. No exceptions will be accepted for settling such issues especially during the dialogue.
Third: Basic Principles of the Dialogue
- Comprehensiveness in participation and issues to be discussed.
- Commitment to implementation of the outcome of the dialogue.
Fourth: The venue
The Friendship Hall or any other place agreed upon by the participants.
Sixth: Chairmanship of sessions
The President of the Republic chairs the sessions. In case of his absence ,the leaders of the parties who are members of the High Coordinative Committee chair the sessions alternately.
Seventh: The Conference Bodies Hierarchy
The General Conference -
- The Conference Committees
- The High Coordinative Committee
- The Secretariat General
Eighth: Composition and responsibilities of the Conference Bodies
(A) The General Conference
- The registered and invited political parties.
- The Signatories of the peace agreements
- The armed movements who agreed to participate in the dialogue.
- 50 patriotic and prominent figures to be acceptable to all parties.
- Every political party or movement should be represented by a person and a deputy.
- Every political party, movement or a national figure participating in the dialogue should have one vote.
(B) The Conference Committees:
The conference should compose of (6) committees to discuss the following issues:
- Peace and Unity
- Freedoms and Basic Rights
- Foreign Relations
- Governance issues and implementation of the dialogue’s recommendations
* Each party or movement taking part in the conference has the right to be represented by one person in any committee.
* The committees discuss the issues of concern and submit their recommendations to the Higher Coordinative Mechanism ( Committee 7+7) to be presented before the general conference for discussion and approval.
* The committees should be chaired by experts (to be acceptable to all parties)
* The committees should hold general meetings to draft the recommendations
* The committees should hold closing sessions to declare the recommendations.
(C) The Higher Coordinative Committee
- Known as (7+7) which is composed of seven leaders (or their representatives) of the political parties forming the government and an equal number of leaders (or their representatives) of the opposition parties. The number could be increased equally if the two sides agreed to it.
Duties of the committee:
- Selecting members of the conference
- Identifying issues of the conference
- Coordinating work of the six committees
- Supervision of the work of the secretariat general
- Promoting the national dialogue among the Sudanese people and abroad.
- Assuring smooth running of the dialogue to the end
- Following up implementation of the conference’s recommendations.
(D) The Secretariat General
Composed of patriotic and national figures of specialization in various fields (former diplomats, employees in international organizations, academicians from various universities…etc) to be agreed upon by all parties of the dialogue.
Duties of the Secretariat General:
- Attending sessions and meetings of the conference and committees, taking minutes, writing points of agreements and differences and submit them to the High Coordinative Committee.
- Supplying the conference and committees with studies, researches and papers.
- Documentation of the conference.
- Any other duties to be assigned by the High Coordination Committee.
Ninth: Mechanism of Decision Making
Decision should be taken on the basis of consensus or by the majority of 90 percent of the attendance in a legal meeting.
Tenth: Mechanisms of implementing Recommendations
Mechanisms of implementing the recommendations should be agreed upon after approving the outcome of the conference.
Eleventh: Information and Media
State-run media outlets should be used to support the dialogue conference (regular briefings, statements, web site, logo, identifying a spokesperson for the conference…..etc). The work should be done by an information committee.
Invitations to be extended to observers for the dialogue such as the African Union, Arab League, African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) and any other organizations and persons to be agreed upon by the parties.
Maximum five patriotic figures should be elected as mediators to bring closer views of different parties of the dialogue.
Fourteenth: After the conference
The High Coordinative Committee should follow up with the President of the Republic implementation of the outcome of the conference.
Fifteenth: Guarantees of the Dialogue
The Sudanese will is the first guarantee of implementing the recommendations of the conference.
Khartoum 9th August 2014