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Eritrea seeks to facilitate talks between Sudan and SPLM-N rebels


August 19, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Eritrean government has launched an initiative to bridge gaps between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) in order to end the South Kordofan and Blue Nile conflicts, a news report said.

President Isaias Afwerki (AP)

According to Al-Sudani newspaper, Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki proposed to facilitate a negotiated settlement to the conflict that erupted in June last year when the Sudanese army asked the SPLM-N fighters to disarm before the implementation of a protocol related to the Two Areas.

Sudanese defence minister, Abdel-Rahim Hussein, travelled to Asmara on Friday to discuss the initiative with the Eritrean leader.

The Sudanese government and the rebel groups are holding a difficult indirect process in Addis Ababa as the two parties disagree on everything. Their negotiating teams nonetheless, inked a humanitarian deal brokered by an African Union (AU) mediation led by the former South African president Thabo Mbeki.

But the parties still diverge over many aspects related to the implementation of these issues.

With regard to the political track, the SPLM-N posed a number of conditions, including the release of political leaders, reinstatement of its chairman Malik Agar in his position of Blue Nile governor and to open this process to include Darfur rebels.

Khartoum, on the other hand, continues to express some reservations over the framework agreement which is rejected by president Omer Al-Bashir after its signing by his assistant Nafie Ali Nafie on 28 June 2011.

The newspaper further said that Malik Agar and SPLM-N Secretary General Yasir Arman have already met with Eritrean leader in Asmara.

Eritrea also reassured the parties that its initiative would not hamper the ongoing negotiations taking place in Addis Ababa.

The talks are held under the UN resolution 2046, which provides that the process concerns the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. The Security Council decision also indicates that negotiations are based on the framework agreement.


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  • 20 August 2012 06:44, by Dinkawarrior

    Eritrea need to distance itself from Sudan otherwise South Sudan will do what it take to gang up with Ethiopia against their foes!
    Africa first before interest! Be careful guys!

    • 20 August 2012 12:50, by panchol

      Thanks you a lot Mr. Dinkaworior for your wise mine, Eritrea already has distance herself from being an African horn country to Red Sea. countries like Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan Egypt not mentioned be few.

    • 20 August 2012 12:58, by panchol

      Thanks you a lot Mr. Dinkaworior for your wise mine, Eritrea already has distance herself from being an African horn country to Red Sea. countries like Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan Egypt not mentioned be few.

    • 20 August 2012 16:47, by zulu

      we know there aint any no security talks with south sudan. we are not foools like chad. spla north is part of the entire problem of sudan. using force to disarm them has caused stagnation. the ncp will have to put one of them spla as vp and negotiate the cpa again. 50/50 wealth, power

      • 20 August 2012 21:39, by homeboy

        And NCP retain the presidency, hell no .It is high time the Sudanese decide their own destiny.

  • 20 August 2012 07:27, by Madina Tonj

    SPLA/SPLM North Sudan Watch out Isaiaa Afewerki Will Sold You To Omar Al Bashir His Friendship
    The NCP Members and his leader Omar al Bashir are trying very hard in any way around to fool all rebels by signing each peace agreement meaning Allah or God bring them back and good example not to prove me wrong is the Darfur JEM peace. Now the JEM peace agreement is always destroying. Don’t do it SPLM

  • 20 August 2012 08:26, by Gatkuoth

    Dear SPLM-N leaders Eriterean government has been very close ally to NCP. They will slaughter you or force you to sign a bad agreement. Be very careful to accept their mediation.

  • 20 August 2012 09:03, by jjb south

    SPLM-N this Khartoum gangs are trying to use their fellow terrorist in Eritrea to knife you ghuys.
    Eritrea & N.Sudan are on the list for financing terrorism,so, be careful while dealing with criminals of that caliber.
    any negotiation will not yield fruits,stick to the militry part & oust AL bashit’s regime.

    • 20 August 2012 13:39, by daniell

      Do not impede negotiation by writing mistrusting comments which are not based on facts or concrete evidences.Someone like Thombo Mbeki,Issas Afwerki and many more must be thank because they are trying their best to cease a regulate bombardment in Blue Nile,Dafur,Kordofan and Abyie.If you ask those who live in these areas about negotiation and shooting;they would prefer negotiation.Thank.

      • 20 August 2012 16:07, by Dinkawarrior

        I personally knows Thombo Mbeki more than you do, he is not a trusted man in Africa. We used to call him Jombo which mean Cannibal, he is a Money-mouth man! Trusts me, he will put all Africa in his pockets if there is any ways to do so. Let’s wait and see what he can do to save Abyei, Blue Nile, Darfur, South Kordofan people’s lives! Than tell me what you knows about Jombo Mbeki?

        • 20 August 2012 23:21, by Observer

          Dinka Warrior,
          If you really do know Thabo Mbeki as well as you claim, why dont you know how to spell his name properly then. It is Thabo not Thombo- so am wondering how you would ever relate Thabo to Jombo?

          • 21 August 2012 00:18, by daniell

            Dinkawarrior and Jib,the negotiation will and can not be done by Thabo or Afeweriki without involvement of Dafar,Blue Nile,Kordofan,Abyie and Southern and Northern Sudan government.This mean there is no bias at all in decision making.Thanks.

          • 21 August 2012 03:45, by Dinkawarrior

            Mr. observer/Daniell!
            You’re right to says so but I can tell you Thombo/Jombo had the same meaning. That is why I said in the first place that I knows him personally.
            Secondly, I don’t have personal issuses with Jombo but they ways he associated himself to Khartoum scared me to death!

      • 20 August 2012 16:27, by jjb south

        to daniel
        suffering is for people who need change for better.
        in the Bible God said man has to suffer b4 getting anything.
        2.5m people died as price for session of S.S.so let them pay that price and live free from criminals like Bashit.
        let only,women &children come as refugees to S.S but men should embrace the SPLM-N and make those gangs in N.S pay for their inhuman actions.

  • 20 August 2012 15:18, by Chogo Chuka

    it look unbelievable if Isaiaa Afewerki is really using is mind and heart to mediated between SPLM-N and Sudan he must be bribed if am not wrong Bashir visit him three days sometime back and am sure they have shared some hidden point there fore splm-n be careful about it is not trusted guy

  • 20 August 2012 16:36, by akid malual

    Eritrea even have know clue about their citezen of it attempted of see the Sudan problem. asham on Eritrea president your Country Man are waiting while you block not to came back to there land if any citezen across the board out of the Eritea.

  • 20 August 2012 17:15, by solider


  • 21 August 2012 02:27, by Northern Sudanese

    someone tell me, why are there more asylum seekers commenting here than northerers? or in other words, how come there are more insects commenting here than northerners?

    • 21 August 2012 03:56, by Dinkawarrior

      Northern Sudanese!
      We refused to let you sucks our blood any more, so you better shut up and wait to see what we can do to your President Leech Bashit?
      ICC is very very close to his door, just amatter of time!

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