Some Sudanese are reportedly expressing optimism after the new chief mediator visited the country yesterday with a new mission to finding a solution to the Darfur crisis. Djibril Bassole, who is Burkina Faso’s foreign minister, is expected to begin what some are describing as a Herculean task of reigniting the stalled peace talks and ensuring a cessation of hostilities between the rebels and Khartoum. Bassole reportedly said his mission and priorities would be defined by Sudanese, adding that there was need to encourage dialogue that would lead to finding a comprehensive political solution to the Darfur crisis. But some political analysts say Bassole’s lack of knowledge of any Sudanese language or of the area would be challenging.
Rashid Abdi is political analyst with the International Crisis Group in Kenya. He tells reporter Peter Clottey from the capital Nairobi that the standoff between Khartoum and the International Criminal Court would play a significant part in the negotiations.“The first thing I would say about the visit is it comes at a very interesting time, when there is a standoff between the ICC and the Sudanese government over the plan by the ICC to indict General Bashir for war crimes in Darfur. Now we have been seeing the Sudanese very angry beginning a diplomatic offensive in the Arab-League, at the African Union (AU), and I think the fact that there is now a new envoy for the Darfur peace process who probably has a linguist problem, he doesn’t t know the country very well. I think it is highly optimistic to argue that much would come out with this new initiative,” Abdi pointed out.
said the new dynamics of the talks would be challenging.
Abdi said it would be intricate to predict the success of the new mediator.“It is really difficult to see how Mr. Bassole’s mission can really succeed or even make progress in the light of the current standoff between the international community and the Sudanese government,” Abdi noted.
said Khartoum does not want to be seen as antagonistic towards the
Abdi said there seems to be lack of cohesion with Khartoum’s diplomacy and the internal political dynamics.“There is disconnect between the discourse of diplomacy and the internal discourse. So, I think unless that problem of the ICC indictment is somehow resolved amicably for both sides, things would be challenging,” Abdi noted.
said the ICC wouldn’t want allegations of crimes against humanity to go