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Sudan’s NCP welcomes Eritrean initiative with SPLM-N rebels


August 31, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) said Friday that Eritrea has launched an initiative to bridge the gaps between the Khartoum government and senior members of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) who operate in Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

Badr El-Din Ahmed Ibrahim, NCP spokesperson, did not elaborate on the capacity of those rebels who described as "parts of the SPLM-N inside the Sudan", but the announcement is the first confirmation of an Eritrean initiative in this regard.

The local press raised the issue of the Eritrean mediation on 18 August saying Sudan’s defence minister Abdel Rahim Hussein was in Asmara to discuss this initiative with the Eritrean president Isaias Afewerki. The SPLM-N chairman Malik Agar and the secretary general Yasir Arman reportedly had been there before him.

But the Abdel-Rahim denied the report saying he just briefed Afewerki about the talks in Addis Ababa without elaboration.

Badr El-Din told the Sudan Media Centre (SMC), a news service sponsored by the Sudan’s intelligence and security agency, that his party welcomes the Eritrean initiative pointing out that the Eritrean government should take into account the positions of Sudanese government on the different issues.

He said his party has a number of demands like changing the name of SPLM-N, disarmament of rebel combatants and changing the leadership of their negotiating team, alluding to Yasir Arman who is a particularly disliked figure among the NCP.

The NCP official did explain the links between the Eritrean efforts and the talks held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia mediated by the Africa Union.

Sudan last month said it accepted the stipulations of United Nations Security Council resolution 2046 which says that the talks should be based on a framework agreement signed by the Sudanese government and the SPLM-N in June 2011, but rejected by the Sudanese president the next month.

The SPLM-N says they refuse talks with Khartoum on issues related to their regions (Blue Nile and South Kordofan) and demand to extend the talks to include Darfur and other issues.

The rebel group demands, further, to release its members detained by the Sudanese authorities and to reinstate its chairman, Malik Agar to his former position of Blue Nile Governor. Agar, who was elected in April 2010 was replaced after fighting broke out between SPLM-N soldiers loyal to Agar and the Sudan Armed Forced a year ago.


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  • 1 September 2012 07:04, by George Bol

    3 million country like Eritrea ruled by one and dictator little guy must stay away from trapping the SPLM-N. That small country with much affiliation with Sudan can not broker that complicated issue.The problem of South Kordufan and Blue Nile in the Table of CPA and nothing else.The two states should have done popular consultation but the NCP fail to implement the agreed accord,so what else?

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  • 1 September 2012 07:07, by mohamed mahgoub

    Look like we are dealing with children here ,changing the is not gonna change my principals & why u don’t want Arman he is sudanese& a great one ,however Eritrea is not qualified for a mediation rule with its tertiary connections ,some Eriterans captured fighting in SK along with Iranians & somalians as mercenaries with SAF soliders,what wrong with Ethiopia.

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    • 1 September 2012 07:36, by mohamed mahgoub

      If u want to ur problems u can talk any where with any name u have a bad memory with SPLA name which end up with dismantling the country & took away the oil but that not our problem here damage already done let’s try to save what is left from the 1 m square mile ,may be next they asked the SPLA- N to change their uniform & the flag! Or to remove Agar from the chairmanship of the movement!

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      • 1 September 2012 08:30, by sudan african

        What a joke, asking SPLM-N to change their name to what???????????/ to NCP which the party of Criminals. If I were those who is in the leadership of the SPLM-N I will refuse Eritrean request at any time, because Eritreans are supporter of Humar Al Bashir. The provided military support to fight the rebels in Southern Kordufan and Blue Nile.

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        • 3 September 2012 19:05, by Ayman fadul

          this whole lot of negotiation initiatives just serves NCP propaganda and decorate their images as the peace seeker party..
          while they only procrastinating by such arbitrary demands, thinking that if they could dupe the southerners and make a good deal in transit fees they can turn around and have the upper hand on the field battle with SPLM-N

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