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Sudan to hold direct political talks with SPLM-N rebels, says spokesperson


July 25, 2012 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) are expected to hold direct political talks in Addis Ababa on Thursday, said Sidiq Mutrif, the spokesperson of the Khartoum negotiating team.

SPLA-N fighters take a break near Jebel Kwo village in the rebel-held territory of the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, May 2, 2012. (Reuters))

The two parties have failed, since June 2011, to negotiate a peaceful settlement to their conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile as President Omer Hassan al-Bashir rejected a framework agreement signed on 28 June last year.

Since then, the rebel group along with three rebel groups in Darfur have formed an alliance, called the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) aiming to topple Khartoum’s regime. The Front also rejects separate talks and called on the international community to support a comprehensive process.

However, the UN resolution 2046 provides for direct talks between the government and the SPLM-N to end the current conflict in the two southern Sudanese states. The Security Council emphasises that the talks will be based on the 28 June framework. It also demands Sudan to allow humanitarian access to rebel held areas.

Speaking to reporters in the Ethiopian capital, Mutrif said the humanitarian talks between his government’s delegation and SPLM-N may reach a deal over this issue on Thursday. The talks are based on the agreement the two parties signed with the UN, African Union and Arab League.

Mutrif disclosed that the political track in the process should start tomorrow. He went further to say the political negotiations "will be in line with the framework defined by the African Union road map and the resolution 2046".

The official spokesperson did not clearly say that his government would accept the 28 June 2011 framework but mentioned the resolution 2046 which refers to the deal rejected by President al-Bashir.

Nonetheless, a reliable source in Addis Ababa told Sudan Tribune that the talks would begin on Friday, pointing out that another negotiating delegation led by Kamal Obeid will fly to Addis Ababa on Thursday for discussions with the SPLM-N.

Also, the ruling National Congress Party issued a statement in the first hours of Thursday, announcing its support for direct talks with the SPLM-N.

NCP deputy chairman Nafie Ali Nafie told SUNA, after a meeting of the NCP leadership council, that the ruling party tasked Kamal Obeid to submit a number of proposals and guidelines endorsed by the leadership to serve as a guide for dialogue over the issue of the two states with all the political forces.

Obeid stated that the talks with the SPLM-N will be separate from the process taking place with the South Sudanese government. He added that the ceasefire and security arrangements should be prioritised in the talks.

Last year, the 28 June framework was rejected by the army and a radical wing in the ruling National Congress Party (NCP). The latter were repeating that this accord, which establishes a partnership between the NCP and the SPLM-N, would lead to another CPA that might dismantle what remains of Sudan.

The signing of the framework by Nafie did not prevent some in Khartoum from saying that the SPLM-N is used by Juba to destabilise the current regime and weaken it.

In New York, the UN Security Council will be briefed on Thursday on the talks taking place between Sudan and South Sudan on one side and the SPLM-N on the other. Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Sudan and South Sudan, Haile Menkerios, will speak with the consultations meeting in Addis Ababa. However, it is not clear if the chief mediator, Thabo Mbeki, will take part in the briefing or not.

The threat of international sanctions against the parties to the conflict if they do not comply with the resolution seemingly motivated Khartoum, Juba and the SPLM-N to join the process and to make concessions in order to conclude a deal over the disputed issues.

Khartoum had a very tough stance towards the rebels of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, but finally accepted to discuss with them, as stipulated in the road map and the resolution.

The SPLM-N, on the other hand, reaffirmed recently its refusal for direct and separate talks with the Sudanese government expressing doubts about its sincerity in reaching a viable settlement over the disputed issues.

The humanitarian access to rebel held areas and the 28 framework agreement are cited, among others, by the SPLM-N to underscore Khartoum’s lack of seriousness in this regard.

Analysts, however, agree that the talks would not be easy as Khartoum might seek to get the disarmament of the rebel group first. Also, on the popular consultation, the parties might come with different interpretations on how to conduct it.


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  • 26 July 2012 07:20, by Madina Tonj

    This Omar al Bashir and his National criminal Party [NCP]Are trying to buy time when they see their weakness is coming. How many agreements have been signed with them and they violated what they ink in their hands? Khartoum regime have realized the rebels are getting too close now to Khartoum this is why they want to buy time please don’t them do it. SPLA N must keep going as well as JEM and fight

    • 26 July 2012 07:36, by Lango2010

      this nuisance confused party (NCP)will never stick to what they say, last time they refuse to talk SPLM/N now that things are worsening they are eager to talk.
      this just buying your time my fellow heros. how can you accept to be disarmed by your enemy, to hell with bashir, don’t accept disarmament please. keep tight and you will make it, let bashir go to hell.

      • 26 July 2012 07:41, by Lango2010

        disarming you mean crashing to nothing later on. don’t let yourselves be deceived by this vixen of NCP.

    • 26 July 2012 08:30, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      They look happy and with confidence in fighting with SAF,the strunggle should continue till victor is achieve for the marginalized people in Sudan.


    • 26 July 2012 09:49, by Augustino Ambros

      Yep man. this is how they decive & delay people.
      Only one thing the SPLM-N continue the JEM & fight sinec the NCP fail to hold & implement any talks.

      thx bro
      You are right & keep it up!!!

  • 26 July 2012 08:00, by sudani ana

    These miserable idiots are really going to topple the Sudanese government by being formidable domino players, aren’t they. It’s sad when joining a rebel group is a way of making a living.

    • 26 July 2012 10:55, by homeboy

      I hope so..

  • 26 July 2012 08:01, by Madina Tonj

    700 Sudanese SAF officials who opposite with Omar al Bashir about another new war with South Sudan why not surrender to SPLA N ?

    In Syria, there are more than 20 Top generals of Syria’s government have finally defected to Syrian rebels because they sees their president is killing civilians but in case for Northern Sudan, why these 700 SAF who disagree with Omar al Bashir are waiting for?

    • 26 July 2012 08:32, by sudani ana

      WOW Madina Tonj you are such a genius. Yes I think these 700 senior army officers should surrender to the SRF, then they could all sit together and play dominos. Wow, you should be the president of South Sudan.

      • 26 July 2012 09:09, by Aaban

        Stop being idiot. You are not representing Sudanese other than your coward murders J’lain who control the power throught other people blood, do you think I don" t know were that 700 generals are? Some of them are being investigated for telling the truth and sentence to death while other are still being threat by death, do you think rules and divided is good for diversity country? Shame on you.

      • 27 July 2012 04:31, by mohamed mahgoub

        Stop wowing the size of SRF is not that big to have 700 generals in it ranks,but the fact is after the so many deefeats in S K and BN and its humilation by SPLA in Bunteu Albashir fired 43 officers ranging between bregedair to generals.

  • 26 July 2012 11:43, by sudani ana

    "rules an devided?? You will find that it’s DEVIDE AND RULE. Anyway what happened to your Bendairi Dahmashia people? I’ve noticed that you don’t mention them now a days! Are you friends now?

    • 26 July 2012 11:47, by sudani ana

      Correction.. Divide

      • 26 July 2012 12:07, by Logic

        Is it not funny, that he attempts correcting others only to realize he made a mistake.

        Pathetic retard, if you spend less time hating those who are different, you may actually learn to correct yourself first.

        Many hypocritical creatures inhabit our land! lol

      • 26 July 2012 12:10, by Nibs

        @sudani anus,you dwelt so much on domino issue,that is common hobby of army in the entire universe.they plays when they are not under threat,those guys under the tree are off duty,others are on duty.

  • 26 July 2012 19:22, by sudani ana

    My money is on the bald guy to win because he is cheating, look at him taking a sneaky glance at the hand of the guy to his left. I tell you falks I wouldn’t bet against that one.

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