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Sudan, rebels sign humanitarian deal for South Kordofan and Blue Nile


August 4, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — The African Union (AU) announced the signing of an agreement with Sudanese government and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) over the humanitarian access to the rebel held areas.

Sudanese refugees walk along the border road after crossing from North Sudan carrying their possessions July 2, 2012 in Jaw, South Sudan (Getty)

The two parties accepted a tripartite initiative to provide humanitarian aid to the affected civilians in the areas controlled by the SPLM-N rebels in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

But, Khartoum had refused a deal the tripartite team signed with the SPLM-N on 18 February 2012 based on its sovereign right to control the whole operation that the United Nations, African Union and Arab League proposed to conduct.

The African Union Peace and Security Council in a meeting held on Friday 3 August praised the agreement the mediation signed with Khartoum on the same day about the modalities for the delivery of humanitarian assistance for civilians in the SPLM-N areas.

On the other hand, on 4 August, the rebel group, despite its reservation over Khartoum’s insistence to carry out the humanitarian operation form within the Sudanese territory and under its control, signed a similar deal with the three facilitators.

The rebel groups, which agreed to a renewable monthly ceasefire, said it signed the agreement despite the fact that the "whole operation is dependent on the consent of the GaS on access" to rebel areas for humanitarian consideration.

"Our main consideration is to respond to the catastrophe and the crisis that is one year old now as a result of Khartoum denying access to the needy displaced persons," said Yasir Arman SPLM-N Secretary General and head of the negotiating team said in a statement released on Saturday.

Arman further urged international pressures on Khartoum to ensure its implementation.

The two-page agreement allows the tripartite team to assess the size and needs of the civilians in rebel controlled areas within two weeks.

Also, the food distribution will be carried out by " implementing partners" selected by the tripartite group and accepted by the rebels who commit themselves to ensure their safety.

Khartoum was refusing the access of aid groups to the SPLM-N areas saying the humanitarian aid will be used to feed the rebel fighters.

The UN agencies estimate that over two hundred thousands fled the war-torn areas in Blue Nile and South Kordofan to refugee camps in Ethiopia and South Sudan. Other hundreds of thousands people are displaced in the government held areas or other parties of the country.

The mediation plans now to resume political talks between the two parties next September.

The political track was suspended earlier this week as the mediation and Khartoum rejected a position paper submitted by the SPLM-N demanding to include other conflicts in western, northern and eastern Sudan in the process.

The AU mediation says the talks should be governed by the framework agreement signed on 28 June 2011.

Khartoum had long refused to accept this framework text because it allows the rebel group to keep its troops and establishes a political partnership with the government at the same time.


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  • 5 August 2012 12:11, by mohammed ali

    Yasir Arman should know that he is the catastroph.What does he want from SK & BN.He has no connection with these areas. He wants people to die,remain hungry,country destroyed,war & violence to continue so that he can remain famous and "something" Otherwise in peace,he is a very big fat ZERO any begger in Khartoum streets is much more respected & accepted than him.Arman wants the war to continue!

    • 5 August 2012 13:21, by South South

      Penguins in Khartoum with laundry in their heads are down again and they accept the deal they were refusing a few months ago. Down. down penguins. I said many times and Iam saying it again today, Arab never won any war in their history. They lost to Spain, they lost to Israel their husband, they lost to South Sudan their future husband. Losers.

    • 5 August 2012 13:24, by Logic

      Bla bla bla, Blame everyone except your precious NCP!

      Get a grip you brainwashed waste of space.

    • 6 August 2012 00:47, by mohamed mahgoub

      Mohamed ( l m going to change mine ) after 1000 yrs the history will remember Dr Garang ,Arman along with Mandela and George Washignton as a great nations builders and freedom fighters but ur Albashir silver forgettten along with Hitler,Stalin and Gadafi

  • 5 August 2012 14:09, by solider

    WE NEVER WIN ANY WAR ???! we in SUDAN are sharing your fortunes and natural resources but you can’t share a thing from us.just till me isn’t that called POWER AND VICTORY?

  • 5 August 2012 14:20, by solider

    mr salva kiir decided to betray SPLM/N by start the oil export through sudan. that will definitely harm SPLM/N for sure. salva told SPLM/N fuck off, i am bored.i want to get my pocket fat ,so fuck you rebels and all south sudan citizens, corruption is more interesting .

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