The Sudanese government says it is preparing to invite prominent opposition figures abroad to return to debate a bill allowing the re-establishment of political organisations.
The head of the committee responsible for the bill, Abdel Aziz Shiddu, said they would include the leader of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army, John Garang, and the former prime minister, Sadiq al-Mahdi.
Mr Shiddu said their safe passage would be guaranteed.
He said public discussions of the proposed legislation would be held twice a week.
A draft law allowing what are described as political associations was passed by the cabinet earlier this week, but still needs parliamentary approval.
Opposition groups have said an interim government which includes them should be set up instead.
The development comes a day after US State Department spokesman James
Rubin warned that
the cycle of humanitarian disasters was likely
to continue unless the Sudanese Government and rebel groups showed
political resolve to end the African nation’s 15-year civil war.
He said the continuation of a ceasefire between the government and
crucial in allowing the delivery of relief supplies
to the victims of the famine.
Although the numbers of those dying from starvation and
malnutrition have dropped significantly, relief organisations estimate
that current levels of assistance will be necessary until at least
October 1999, Mr Rubin said.