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SPLM-N rebels reiterate call for humanitarian access, propose ceasefire


September 29, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan People’s Liberation Movement –North (SPLM-N) renewed its call for unfettered humanitarian access to the affected civilians in the areas under its control, and accused government army of carrying new attacks in South Kordofan.

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A woman holds her child in a shelter in Bram village in the Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan, April 28, 2012. (Reuters)

The rebel group proposed a ceasefire but linked it to humanitarian access.

The political talks between Khartoum and SPLM-N rebels are stalled in Addis Ababa as the government rejects rebels demands for comprehensive process but also wants that Juba stops its support to the rebels before any negotiations.

Also on the humanitarian level, Sudan failed to implement a deal, signed last August, providing that UN agencies can reach rebel held areas from Sudan with African and Arab monitors to ensure that only civilians benefit from the humanitarian assistance.

SPLM-N Secretary General, Yasir Arman said South Kordofan and Blue Nile are experiencing the "worst humanitarian crisis in Africa today" and called on the international community to condemn Sudan for "refusing humanitarian access" and to response urgently to the humanitarian crisis there.

Arman, reiterated in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday that his group can accept a ceasefire in the two states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan but stressed such deal must be linked to free humanitarian access to the Tow Areas.

"SPLM-N delegation to Addis Ababa talks proposed on many different occasions that the humanitarian operation and opening of the unrestricted access should be linked to a cessation of hostilities," Arman said.

The ceasefire, according to the rebel leader, "will end the suffering of the civil populations and provide a conducive atmosphere for the political settlement as well as enabling all the parties to put an effective demilitarized buffer zone in place," he further said.

The SPLM-N says its troops control over 40% of Sudan’s border with South Sudan in Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, insinuating that the ceasefire is crucial for a successful implementation of security deal reached in Addis Ababa between Juba and Khartoum.

Arman said the summit meeting gathering presidents Omer Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir ended with "a total failure to recognize the humanitarian situation." He stressed that Khartoum adamantly refused to negotiate with the SPLM-N in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2046 and on the basis of the June 28, 2011 Framework Agreement."

UN Security Council in a statement released on Friday 28 September expressed its grave concern about the "rapidly worsening humanitarian situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States." The 15 members council further urged Sudanese government and SPLM-N to implement the tripartite plan as quickly as possible.

The Council also called on "the parties to engage in direct talks to urgently agree to and implement a cessation of hostilities and create a conducive environment for further progress on political and security issues."

However, Arman accused the Sudanese army of preparing for "an early dry season offensive", adding that it carried fresh attacks in Blue Nile and South Kordofan triggering new waves of refugees.

According to the SPLM-N secretary general, the Sudanese troops started an early dray season offensive in Blue Nile "at the eve of the Addis Ababa summit from ground and air that targeted internally displaced civilians and it resulted in displacing more than 15,000 civilians."

He went further to say that on 27 September, where Sudan and South Sudan signed different agreements, the army war planes killed a woman and wounded six others during a an air raid on a rural area in the Nuba Mountains called Hiban on a day market gathering some 2000 people.

Khartoum recently accused the members of the tripartite initiative of cancelling several meetings that led to the delay. However, it pledges to start the humanitarian operation soon but still the issue remains under discussion.


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  • 29 September 2012 13:40, by mohammed ali

    Ceasefire will happen only when you put your arms down! That is going to happen soooooooon!

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    • 29 September 2012 14:05, by Nuba Mountains’ Boy

      you are talking like the anus which pollute without control .
      who are you ? fake you

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      • 29 September 2012 16:44, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

        Apuny, Nuba, Koch Kingdoms were destroy 300 years ago by Arab Prussians invaders. Nuba, Apuny, Fur, masalite, Dhakawa and into Islamic Ideology. It returns them evil against their brothers in the south by Arming African foolish Muslim to killed southerners with no mercy. It was Dinka yesterday, today is Nuba, Fur, Dhakawa, Masalite, Uduk, and Apuny and later return to finished all southerners.

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  • 29 September 2012 14:01, by Nuba Mountains’ Boy

    Actually , in the south kordofan state it paradoxically different to what is expected from UNSC and AU are saying.It is with pity and painful to the situations that civilians are under going through is out of human imaginations .Why could international community and UNSC intervene the situations as being the global superior?

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    • 29 September 2012 16:09, by mohammed ali

      So called Nuba Boy, international comunity understands that division 9 & 10 are part of the SPLA and still fighting under it’s command.This why that they will be disarmed, dimanteled and withdrawn to SS as stipulated in Addis Abba agreement recently.Civilians held as ransome by Traitor Al Hilou , Agar & Arman will now be released and Nuba mountain will live in peace!Period.

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      • 30 September 2012 08:17, by mogokafi

        How absurd are you Mohammed Ali? You need to think rationally before you make any remark. Ask yourself how and why did Nuba and Blue Nile people joined SPLA in first place? what was their problem?and let me tellyou this, division 9 and 10 are going to be the national armies for New Sudan after falls of NCP. So never ever think about their disarmament.

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  • 29 September 2012 16:25, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Arab settler got a chance due to African slave into religious to sleep them. African must look for their Africa God. Stopped all foreigners deceives of religions against Africa in indirect or direct. Africa knew God before Jesus even exists and evil Islamic ideology together. We must think Africa only, not religious that demonized African people. return to murder them one by one.

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    • 30 September 2012 14:50, by forza

      Nguetbuny, murder them one by one!! Do you think it’s a cattle raid? Go back to your bush and practice your believes

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  • 29 September 2012 21:23, by ViVa Sudan

    Pooor sick Nguetbuny de Luelpiny go look for food some were in Jangle idiot

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