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SPLM-N delegation yet to arrive in Addis Ababa as Sudan makes new conditions

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September 6, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The negotiating delegation of the Sudanese government for talks with the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa informed AU mediators on Thursday of new conditions it wants to be met before sitting directly with SPLM-N representatives whose failure to show up is already fueling speculation that the talks will collapse.

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Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) north’s secretary general Yasir Arman speaks during a joint news conference with Malik Agar, head of the northern branch of SPLM, in Khartoum, July 3, 2011, ab

Kamal Obaid, head of the government delegation, told reporters in Addis Ababa that they told the mediation team that they refuse to sit with a side “still seeking to widen the scale of war”.

“We will also not sit with a side who is still unable to sever political and military ties with South Sudan” Obaid added in reference to Khartoum’s accusation that the SPLM-N is being supported by South Sudan with which it fought against Khartoum before secession.

The SPLM-N’s secretary-general Yasir Arman told Sudan Tribune that the mediation team informed them that the talks are due to start on Tuesday but that his group was still gathering its negotiators who, according to him, are scattered in different areas. Arman added that their delegation would arrive in Addis Ababa anytime.

He also revealed that the SPLM-N intends to provide AU mediators with a list of its members detained by Khartoum in order to secure their release and join the negotiating team.

For his part, Obaid described their meeting with AU mediators as fruitful, saying it enabled the government delegation to explain its views on the situation in Blue Nile and South Kordofan in a strong and clear manner. He added that the mediators listened attentively to their views and promised to review the proposals put forward by the government in previous rounds.

Sudan and SPLM-N signed an agreement on 4 August to allow humanitarian assistance in South Kordofan and Blue Nile but the rebels later accused the government of obstructing implementation of the deal and called for aid to be delivered through South Sudan and Ethiopia.

It is unclear how each side intends to approach political talks but Yasir Arman said on Tuesday that his group would only accept negotiations on the basis of the 28 June 2011 agreement which recognized the SPLM-N as a legal political force.

The 28 June 2011 deal, which was signed in Addis Ababa between SPLM-N chairman Malik Aggar and Sudan’s presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie before President AL-Bashir scrapped it, also lays the ground for new security arrangements to address the situation of SPLM-N combatants in Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

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  • 7 September 2012 10:05, by NO PEACE

    Arman!!!!!!!!!!!!!! are you not 35 for what Bashir need from you, Please very soon you will see some thing wrong from your administration.

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    • 7 September 2012 11:44, by sudani ana

      No Peace
      English please!!!!!!!!

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      • 7 September 2012 16:12, by zulu

        These National Criminal Party are just damn fools. Are the SPLM N members it detained in Sudan being supported by south sudan? how can you claim not to negotiate with ss if they’v ties with splm-n and give same demands for splm-n? that is just an imposible task and just plain dumb at the same time

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  • 7 September 2012 19:41, by NO PEACE

    Sudani! are you sure to said?

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  • 7 September 2012 20:56, by sudan african

    I guess what they say is correct, if you build it you take it down as you wanted. It is Ironic and pathetic that Yasir Arman had helped formed the Sudan Revolution Front Coalitions, he is helping to take it down, because his political aspiration are not being met by the coalitions. He sees the weakness on Southern Kordufan and Southern Blue Nile States Leaders; now he is destroying the very moveme

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  • 7 September 2012 20:59, by sudan african

    ment that he helped to form in order to tackle the regime in Khartoum. I don’t think we need these selfish leaders at this point, because it is making us look pathetic and confused at the same time. This guy is dangerous for the wellbeing of our citizens in the states of Southern Blue Nile and Southern Kordufan. If he is not stopped like Southern Sudan did during the election of the Presidency in

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  • 7 September 2012 21:01, by sudan african

    2010, he will do more damage to our credibility to present our issues to the International Communities. This guy is very selfish and he needs to be stop, before anything happen, because tomorrow we are to fight against Darfur Rebels, once we surrender to the NCP. Look at what in 2005, military personals where taken from Southern Kordufan and Southern Blue Nile States to fight in Darfur regions, be

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  • 7 September 2012 21:04, by sudan african

    cause had surrender to the NCP in 2005. He is going around making noises and our military are suffering in the bushes. I think the SPLM-N under the leadership of Malik Agar and Yasir Arman are showing the sign of surrendering to the NCP while our military are still in the bushes trying to defend their very last leg that they are standing on. We cannot afford to surrender this time again, we have t

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    • 7 September 2012 21:06, by sudan african

      to find a way forward to change the regime in Khartoum not beg them for some they don’t want to do in the first place to accept you as a political forces. By eliminating the Sudan Revolution Front it is a100% surrender to the NCP. We did that in 2005 under the same leadership and we cannot do that again we have to fight and win the war or some battles. Talking without ground gain is meaningless, y

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  • 7 September 2012 21:08, by sudan african

    you have to gain ground and then talk at the same time while you are moving toward Khartoum through your military strength and that will scare them off a little bit, so they can sit and listen to your grievances.

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