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Sudan, SPLM-N expected to resume talks in Addis Ababa: negotiator


November 18, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese government and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) will resume talks during the upcoming days under the auspices of the of the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP), a government negotiator said

A SPLA-N fighter stands near Gos village in the rebel-held territory of the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, May 1, 2012. (Reuters)

A member of Sudan’s negotiating team , Hussein Hamdi, told the pro-government Ashorooq TV on Sunday evening that the two sides will meet by the end of this month or early December in Addis Ababa.

He further stressed that government’s decision to resume negotiations with the SPLM-N was not a result of external pressure.

Last week, the Sudanese chief negotiator Ibrahim Gandour announced readiness to resume negotiations with the rebels in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states on the basis of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2046, which says the 28 June framework agreement should serve as basis for talks.

Gandour statements came after the failure of the two parties to meet in Addis Ababa on 4 November to discuss technical plans for a polio vaccination campaign in the South Korodfan and Blue Nile states. The government said it did not receive an invitation for that meeting.

UN humanitarian coordinator John Ging slammed the two parties and called on the UN Security Council to intervene in a different and effective manner to allow the conduct of the campaign, adding their behaviour threatens UN efforts to eradicate polio in the planet.

Hamdi pointed that the military summer campaign announced recently by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) doesn’t mean a declaration of war, saying that contacts between the negotiating team and the AUHIP are ongoing.

"In the past few days we had direct talks with the mediators on the possibility of resuming negotiations on the Two Areas", he added.

He held the SPLM-N responsible for the failure of the previous round of peace talks and saying that rebels don’t have a will and desire for dialogue and peaceful solution.

Last April, the first round of talks since 2011 between the SPLM-N and the Sudanese government in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa adjourned without success in bridging the wide gap between the two sides.

The government, at that time, said it would only discuss the resolution of the conflict on the basis of the 2005 peace agreement. The SPLM-N, on the other hand, said can only negotiate a cessation of hostility to allow humanitarian access for the civilians in the rebel held areas.

Alluding to the government rejection for comprehensive talks, Hamdi said that the government negotiating team would only engage in negotiations regarding the Two Areas.

"We have full confidence on the AUHIP as a serious mediator", he added.

He asserted that several regional and international parties seek to abort negotiations through the SPLM-N negotiating team as they did in the previous rounds.

"The rebels don’t want to take off the foreign cloak, and Arman’s [SPLM-N secretary general] recent statements emphasise that the SPLM-N will is controlled by foreign parties", he added.

He pointed that the government abides by the principles and foundations of the international community as represented by the UNSC and the AUHIP.

The Sudanese negotiator wished that the SPLM-N comes to the negotiating table free of agendas of other opposition groups which are not part of the talks.

The SPLM-N and its allied rebel groups of Darfur region call for a comprehensive solution to all of Sudan’s problems that entails having a democratic transformation and warned Khartoum that rejecting such approach will unite its opponents behind toppling the regime.

Khartoum, however rejects the demand for holistic approach and proposes to engage separate processes with the SPLM-N and Darfur rebel groups.

The African Union and the UN Security Council also support the position of the Sudanese government, underlining that democratic reforms can be engaged after the end of the conflicts. However some Western governments said openly they are favourable to comprehensive approach.

The Sudanese rebel groups of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front are touring Europe in a bid to persuade the EU countries to support their call for holistic talks.


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  • 19 November 2013 06:03, by Jalaby

    SPLA-N are trapped and caught at the middle and have a little room to maneuver, Mr. Kiir proved to them that he is serious about cutting ties with SPLA,he stopped their monthly salaries that they use to get every month from the south for more than 3 months, SPLA-N were relying in strong figures inside SPLA/M like SPLA commanders, Pagan Amum & Dinka Ngok guys to

    • 19 November 2013 06:11, by Jalaby

      support them but unfortunately Mr. Kiir sacked and dismissed all of them, SPLA-N are left with no salaries, no food, no ammunition in addition to no place to hide or evacuates and cures their wounded rebels after the south shut up the door at their faces!
      It’s right decision by Khartoum government not to include what they called themselves SRF in Addis Ababa

      • 19 November 2013 06:17, by Jalaby

        negotiation because there is no connection between Darfour problem and Nuba Moutains issue, Darfourian gangsters should move to Doha if they really want peace but I believe they will move now after the south, Chad and Libya stopped any kind of support to them!
        I believe SPLA-N are traitors but for the sake of peace and for the sake of Sudan, Khartoum should sit down

        • 19 November 2013 06:23, by Jalaby

          and negotiate with them and stop saying "we don’t recognize them", I’m pretty sure SPLA-N will provide huge concession this time and will show flexibility that they never showed before because they’re flying in the air now after the south kicked them out!
          Darfourian gangsters will come too because those people have no real issue to fight over but proxies!!

          • 19 November 2013 08:30, by Nibs

            There is no harm in dreaming.

          • 19 November 2013 10:15, by Kalo

            Jalaby Abujabad,let me assure you that both of you NCP and RSS will never settle unless the case of SPLM/N is solve,we are backbone of Sudan,we don,t depend on South,we used to take everything from weak SAF,because you are foolish and you don,t know who are Nuba and Angusna,stupid mundukuri

      • 19 November 2013 12:13, by Reconciliation

        Jalaby,what did i tell you yesterday?i told you not to comment on national issues.thing to do with negotiations are beyond your reasoning capacity.

    • 19 November 2013 12:21, by Reconciliation

      Jalaby,you arabs do not admit defeat.but SPLA/N will teach you something that you will never forgetin your life.very soon you will be supprise to see them attacking you in capital city/khartoum.

  • 19 November 2013 07:05, by Mayom County Boy

    this is not become true because there is no implementation
    from that talk
    it is waste of time from both sides , sudan & south sudan

  • 19 November 2013 12:04, by Jalaby

    Just to let you know that Mr. Kiir has arrived Kuwait city and the Kuwaiti Ameer welcomed him at the airport!
    Remember Kuwait was the first country to build a hospital for free for and for the sake of the south people only in Juba,

    • 19 November 2013 12:17, by Jalaby

      Do you remember Al-Sabah hospital in Juba? that one was built by Kuwait and given as a gift to southerners to show how Arab are loving southerners, just show me only one country that built a hospital for you guys other than Arab?
      Yes, Mr. Kiir needs to stick with Arab if he really serious in developing the south because they’re very rich, very generous and noble people!

      • 19 November 2013 20:07, by Peacocktail

        Sometime you talks sense, South Sudan is not avoiding Arabs but we don’t wants their culture of Terrorism like what is happening Darfur, SK,/Nuba Mountain and BNile is a compound terrorism facilitate by NCP. SPLM-Sudan shall win the mind and ideologie sof the Western as Arab had aburdnant NCP khartuom... We have many Muslim worhsipping fearly why is your own Government kill it citizens..

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