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Sudan says SPLM-N rebels do not seek peace seriously


September 3, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — The head of the Sudanese government’s negotiating team with the Sudan people’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) said the rebel group lacks willingness to reach a peace deal to end the one-year conflict in Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

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SPLA-N fighters stand in front of a grenade launcher captured from Sudan’s Armed Forces (SAF) near Gos village in the rebel-held territory of the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, May 1, 2012. (Reuters)

Kamal Obeid left yesterday Khartoum to Addis Ababa where the negotiating teams from the parties involved in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) issues are to meet on Tuesday 4 September. The agenda of the talks with the Sudanese rebels are defined in a framework agreement signed in June 28, 2012, in line with UN resolution 2046.

Before departing, Sudan’s top negotiator with the SPLM-N had a busy day where he made some press statements and met with a women delegation from South Kordofan. Since his return on the third of August, Obeid was keen to meet representatives of the Two Areas, to listen to their concerns.

Speaking to a semi-government news service on Monday Obeid said that they agreed with the mediation to discuss issues related to the Blue Nile and South Kordofan included in the CPA, adding "we are waiting to see what the other party will propose in his position paper in order to reach an agreement to settle the crisis."

Reacting to the outcome of a recent rebel meeting held last week, the Sudanese official said the SPLM-N lacks a strong commitment to achieve peace. He further rejected its call to topple the regime "through the Sudanese Revolutionary Front and military actions ".

Last year the SPLM-N formed the SRF alliance with the three main Darfur rebel groups.

Obeid expressed hope that the implementation of security arrangements signed with the South Sudan would help to create a conducive environment to negotiate a deal with the rebel group.

SPLM-N Secretary General and top negotiator Yasir Arman urged the international community in a statement released on 28 August to deliver humanitarian relief to the needy in the rebel areas directly through South Sudan and Ethiopia.

Following a meeting of the SPLM-N leadership, Arman also reiterated the SPLM-N’s commitment to work with the other rebel groups and opposition parties to overthrow the regime. The slogan of the rebel meeting was "Unity of the Opposition and the Overthrow of the Regime."

The rebel group also decided to ask the mediation to bring some of its members who are recently released or still in jail to the venue of the talks as it had decided include them to its negotiating team. It also said the SPLM-N wants to consult opposition leaders and friends.

In his speech before the women’s delegation, Obeid said that his delegation is keen to separate the humanitarian and political tracks of the talks. He further accused the SPLM-N of betting on the humanitarian assistance to feed its troops.

On the other hand he said his government wants the SPLM-N to disengage from political and military links with South Sudan. The SPLM-N was formed after South Sudan’s independence last year consisting of northern Sudanese members of the former rebels that now rule the Republic of South Sudan after the 2005 peace deal allowed the South secede.

The Sudanese top negotiator said that a ceasefire without clear foundations was a big challenge in all the peace agreements his government signed.

He was referring to the ceasefire agreement included in the humanitarian deal the two Sudanese parties inked during the first week of August to allow aid workers to reach civilians in rebel controlled areas.

Sudanese officials previously said a one-month humanitarian ceasefire might allow the rebels to reinforce their positions and demanded that this issue be reviewed and replaced by some hours or days in line with the distribution of food on the ground.

Obeid also said the SPLM-N during its latest attacks against the Sudanese army wanted to realise military gains and to strengthen its position at the negotiating table. He was alluding to clashes in Al-Mouraib area located northeast of South Kordofan on Friday 24 August.

Kamal Obeid was selected to lead the negotiating team with the SPLM-N rebels because he was one of the few figures in the ruling National Congress Party who sought to build amicable relations with Arman and Agar during the 2005-2011 interim period of the CPA, where officials from the two parties only had contacts official meetings.


Nafie Ali Nafie, Sudanese presidential assistant and deputy chairman of the ruling party, is expected to fly Tuesday to the Ethiopian capital where the talks are expected to start.

It was reported that he might meet SPLM-N chairman Malik Agar to revive the commitment of the two parties to the framework agreement they signed on 28 June of last year.

But NCP spokesperson, Badr Al-Din Ahmed Ibrahim, dismissed such rumours saying is traveling to Addis Ababa to extend the party’s condolences to the Ethiopian ruling party over the death of Meles Zenawi.

Nafie who is usually categorised as a an NCP hardliner is reportedly favourable to the framework agreement which he negotiated with the SPLM-N over a year ago. However, when he returned to Khartoum President Omar Al-Bashir scrapped the deal, which is strongly opposed by the military were opposed to the deal as they do not want to enter into any partnership with the SPLM-N unless they are disarmed.

It was the attempt of the Sudan Armed Forces to disarm the SPLM-N last year before the CPA had been fully implemented in the Two-Areas that triggered the conflict, first in South Kordofan just before South Sudan’s independence and later in Blue Nile where Malik Agar was dislodged from his position as Governor.


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  • 4 September 2012 08:14, by Suleiman

    SPLM-N takecare for Khartoum Gov’t, it wants to confuse you.
    Otherwise, be serious

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    • 4 September 2012 09:13, by Aaban

      Those ja’lain who sold their soul to evil will never says realities, their motto is murdering and their power, but as the holy Quran told us "Don’t bother warning the disbelievers. Allah has made it impossible for them to believe so that he can torture them forever after they die" ( 2:6-7) they are master here but they will never be masters in heaven and let them killed murdered and raped,

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    • 4 September 2012 14:04, by Murle Intellectual

      Stop the war, and concentrate on peace and development.

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      • 4 September 2012 20:02, by Hardball

        Murle unreasonable, when is the last time you were no longer at war and focus on peace and development at your own backyard? Charity begins at your home with peace and development before you export it to your next door neighbor!

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  • 4 September 2012 08:45, by mogokafi

    NCP is now seeking peace with SPLMA North; that is lie. You haven’t seen anything yet. Summer attack it on the way per Al-Hilo.

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  • 4 September 2012 11:04, by NO PEACE

    NCP need to delet SPLM-N very soon, no way out.

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    • 4 September 2012 16:32, by zulu

      If Sudan can errase SPLA from its face, then why does it seek south sudan to cut off its ties with north? to this date sudan, does have any power to evict any rebels. If I can recall, in 1995 it tried to do so with mighty spla in nimule and were badly defeated at Mnt Gordon. So shame to NCP gang rulers.

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  • 4 September 2012 11:09, by NO PEACE

    people let me tell you there is no CPA at this time people are just playing with money, going and coming back, it’s also way of trading.

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    • 4 September 2012 14:48, by panchol

      No peace.
      in absence of UNSC, you would have seen war how bad it is, and I think there will be a time for two bulls to confront one an other. Mark my words.

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  • 4 September 2012 14:12, by Jalaby

    Yes, indeed, SPLM-N lacks for vision and objective, the war started after Al-Hilo lost the governor of S Kordofan seat to his rival candidate Ahmed Haroun who advised his fighters to sweep out the rebel "Amsah, Aksah, Kosho, Aklo Nie and Ma Tagibo Hie, don’t put burden administration responsibility on us" LOL LOL

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    • 4 September 2012 14:23, by Jalaby

      Ironically, SPLM-N allied with JEM although the ideological gap between them is so wide where one calls for fully secular state and the other calls for fully Islamic state!what type of mess is that?
      If Al-Hilo didn’t lose that election nothing really would happen,hence this war has no objective and the alliance between them is illogical and baseless but serves S Sudan goals!

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      • 4 September 2012 14:45, by Jalaby

        As Mr. Mekki Balaiel, the former head of Justice party:"SPLM-N is launching a mess up and pointless war in S Kordofan", I really felt in deep sadness after the death of Mekki Balaiel in that doomed plane crashed in Talody during first day of Eid, he was really very thoughtful person and I can put him in a position of "sophist" and thinker person, Mekki from S Kordofan and was

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        • 4 September 2012 14:51, by Jalaby

          born in Talody city, he was one of the Justice Party three founders:Mekki, Lam Akol & Ameen Banany.
          I really feel sorry for a person like Mr. No Logic who blindly follows a criminal and poor minded person like Al-Hilo instead of following the steps of a well intellectual person like Mekki Balaiel, shame on you Mr. No Logic!

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          • 4 September 2012 19:39, by mohamed mahgoub

            It sad to hear this Kamal saying SPLA- N not seeking peace just before boarding his plane to Addis that means his govnt is the one not serious & reveals its intention to make it fail ,coz they still believe to solve it militarily( like before with SPLA fore 20+) this time its dif. the just destroying the country ,more lifes. Mekki was a criminal like Albashir& Haroun he responsible for gettin our

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            • 4 September 2012 20:06, by mohamed mahgoub

              Country into this mess( islamisation) kiir Alturabi his master when they pushed him a side he formed his fonny party no popular support ,the NCP treated hi party like a govnt department provided finance to used him to divide his kins( nuba) same time keep him away from his master ( alturabi) the reason u crying hard over his death u keep loosing ur human tools ! The alliance with JEM is an example

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              • 4 September 2012 20:26, by mohamed mahgoub

                For what we fight one Sudan for all moslim Christian animist paganist nonbeliever etc ur close minde won’t get this ,it doesn’t matter who is urGod only one thing is matters we all citizens & shuold have equal rights to life here, there r many commons other than religious though the majorty of nuba r moslims but we have one enemy NCP & arabisation the origin of genocide. H. said no prisoners!

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        • 5 September 2012 09:13, by Thorbanat

          Mr. Jalaby,
          Do not idolize the late Mekki as a "sophist" or thinker and rubbish Al Hilo. Mekki was a person who goes against the will of his people and that is why God took him during the eve of the holly month. We don’t give a damn about your thinking but we the people in the South would like to assist our brothers in Darfur, Nuba Mountains and Southern Blue Nile (Ingessena) period.

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      • 5 September 2012 08:01, by Ahmado

        Mr. Jallaby be specific the war started whem NCP wanted to disarm the SPLA/M-N not the result of election, SPLA/M-N wanted their popular conciliation to but NCP refuse to allow them this is where area of war started.

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  • 4 September 2012 14:49, by Kodi Wilson

    I want to tell NCP that remove that nonsense word disarm .How fool do YOU think sudan people liberation army are?
    Just shut up your mouth by that word .If we are disarmed then we have no power . Weapons are to protect SPLA-N from any attack that their violate SPLA-N’s power. Nafie is a pure civilian close your mouth ,you don’t know military tactic.

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  • 4 September 2012 19:46, by sudan african

    I am a very hard core and die heart SPLM-N and SRF supporter, but I despise these two people, because they are playing games with the Marginalized people of Southern Kordufan, Southern Blue Nile, Darfur States and Abeja. In order for the change in Khartoum to come, the SPLM-N and the SRF need to have a leadership change first, before they can seek regime change in Khartoum. People like Malik Agar

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  • 4 September 2012 19:48, by sudan african

    and Yaser Arman need to go these two people are bringing the movement to its knee, because they don’t have visions, agendas, objectives and so forth. They don’t care about anybody other than themselves. Look where they are right now, they mostly spent their time in Ethiopia while El Hilo spent his time in the front line with his military personals in Southern Kordufan. I wish Yusuf Kowa was alive

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