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Khartoum didn’t fully involved Troika during the negotiations – UK envoy

The Troika countries did not sign the revitalized peace deal because Khartoum denied them full engagement in the peace process, the UK special envoy to South Sudan and Sudan has said.

Christopher Trott said the Sudanese mediators used a different approach during the revitalization process in Khartoum.

“We are not criticizing in any way that approach. We felt that we had not had that opportunity to engage in a discussion about the agreement, so we felt that it was not at that stage appropriate to sign it.”

He said the UK, Norway, and the US had no opportunity to add their views during the negotiations, compared to the 2015 peace talks in Addis Ababa.

However, the diplomat said they are still in support of the revitalized peace agreement.

Ambassador Trott – who is also UK envoy to Sudan – is expected to travel to Khartoum later today to meet opposition figures on the reported violations of the permanent ceasefire agreement.

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