Mr Speaker, hon Deputy President, the ANC welcomes as a big step forward the ceasefire agreement signed between the Sudanese government and the Justice and Equality Movement, a rebel group in Darfur. The agreement paves the way for the ending of a seven-year conflict. The temporary ceasefire deal is considered a prelude to a permanent peace framework agreement that includes a permanent ceasefire deal. It is expected to be finalised by March, ahead of the country's April presidential and legislative elections.
The ANC, working with other formations, will spare no energy in the effort to find urgent, democratic and lasting solutions to the situation in Sudan and other countries in conflict. I thank you. [Applause.]