Following the oral agreement of 5 July, a written agreement was promised by a committee of lawyers, including African Union lawyers, «within 48 hours».  On 9 July, the four-member drafting committee, including Yahia al-Hussein, declared that the text was not yet ready. The new timetable was that the agreement should be signed «within ten days» at a ceremony involving regional leaders.  On 13 July, three stumbling blocks delayed the signing of the agreement: the FFC asked the Human Rights Commission to exclude those suspected of responsibility or conduct of the 3 June massacre in Khartoum; the FFC, which calls for a limit on the time it takes for the Legislative Council to be appointed; and differences of opinion between the FFC and the TMC regarding the «approval or approval] of nominees» mcT.  On 17 July, the TMC and the FFC signed a written form of «political agreement» with a constitutional declaration to follow.  CHERITH NORMAN-CHALET (United States) welcomed the efforts of the Sudanese parties to reach an agreement that could mark the day of a new era in all of Sudan. They must now implement the agreement in a transparent and timely manner, she said, adding that it can bring peace, justice and long-term stability to those who have suffered cycles of widespread violence and have been victims of unpunished atrocities. Its delegation firmly believes that UNITAMS can fulfill its mandate to support the political transition and peace process, support peace-building, development and humanitarian efforts, and provide critical assistance to security sector reform, police training, the rule of law and civil governance. Local authorities and the transitional civilian government must do more to prevent further attacks by militias on civilians, including internally displaced persons, and to arrest those responsible for the appalling violence in Masteri and elsewhere. The key to achieving inclusive and lasting peace is to ensure public ownership and to find ways to involve civil society actors and marginalized communities, such as nomads, in dialogue, reconciliation and social peace initiatives. The negotiations were mainly an elitist process from top to bottom.