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SPLM-N says its eyeing comprehensive solution to Sudan’s problem

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February 28, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Secretary General of the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), Yasser Arman, underscored that their upcoming negotiations with Khartoum in mid-March is part of their pursuit for a comprehensive solution to country’s crises.

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Secretary-general of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, Yasser Arman (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

In press statements distributed by his office, Arman said that there is no substitute to real change that involves guaranteeing freedoms and establishing a democratic system based on accountability and transparency.

The SPLM-N official went on to say that the anticipated talks with the Sudanese government will prove to the international community "the regime’s intransigence will reveal to [the] international community the Sudanese people’s right to freedom and democracy".

The former presidential candidate said that despite their convictions, they responded positively to the African Union mediation team’s invitation for negotiations out of desire for addressing the humanitarian situation in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan and in compliance with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2046.

The UNSC resolution issued in May 2012 ordered Sudan and the SPLM-N to cooperate in order to end the conflict in the two regions. Under the resolution, the two parties are supposed to negotiate on the basis of the 28 June 2011 agreement they signed in Addis Ababa before it was scrapped by Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir.

The Sudanese government and the SPLM-N held a number of indirect talks last year in Addis Ababa but did not engage in direct discussions on the agendas proposed by the mediation team.

In August 2012 however, they signed a three-month humanitarian agreement which was not implemented after both parties failed to agree on the modalities of its implementation.

On the political front, Sudan demanded the disengagement of South Sudan army from SPLM-N forces while the latter sought a comprehensive process before agreeing to direct negotiations.

The Sudanese government also refuses to negotiate with SPLM-N rebels, fearing that it could be forced to accept wealth and power sharing arrangements similar to the ones included in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed with the South.

The SPLM-N fought as part of the Southern rebel army during its war with the north, but were left on the Sudanese side of the border after partition.

Khartoum accuses Juba of backing the rebels and has blocked the implementation of a number of deals they signed last year, including one on Southern oil exports, until the South severs its alleged ties with the group.

The conflict in Blue Nile started in September 2011, a few months after neighbouring South Sudan seceded under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war. A few months earlier a similar conflict broke out in South Kordofan which also lies on the borders with South Sudan.

Arman went on to talk about the issue of the "New Dawn" charter signed by northern opposition parties and rebel groups including the SPLM-N in Kampala last month.

He said that Khartoum is not angry over the charter because of the issue of secularism or using force against it but because it united opposition in one front.

The SPLM-N Sec Gen ruled out any nullifying of the accord saying that it contains interconnected issues of removing the regime then installing an alternative system to avoid chaos.

However, he expressed openness to more dialogue with other political powers to address controversial clauses such as the role of religion.

Arman emphasised that the SPLM-N is not keen on armed struggle and that if other peaceful venues are open then are willing to utilize them.

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  • 1 March 2013 12:00, by zulu

    ABSOLUTELY ARMAN,
    DMZ ONLY SPEAKS OF WAR NOT PEACE SETTLEMENT

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  • 1 March 2013 12:24, by Kalo

    Hey Mr.Arman,Albashir is like Sadam,Hitler and Gadafi,the only solution for him is death,either to killed him or he him self to killed you,struggle continues,
    By Kalo,the son of Nuba.

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  • 1 March 2013 12:34, by Dumodit

    Saying doesn’t indicate action.
    Action confirm the saying whether it’s true or false.
    SPLM-N must resist what will later led them, their children to slavery as cunning NCP predicted through Bashir last year.
    Be careful, never expect reality in a portrayed light!!

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  • 1 March 2013 13:46, by sudani ana

    Mr Arman
    Please don’t talk about solving the problems of Sudan because you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Everybody knows that you are a stooge for the USA and Israel, and you are supported by them through their agent South Sudan. You are the fifth column that should be eliminated if Sudan is to move forward.

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    • 1 March 2013 21:14, by zulu

      Sudani
      That is most irresponsible statement to make. You are so closed to the logic of elitism, special class status becaue of your color while Arman is looking far beyond stereotyping, racial preference and ignonimity. Please, see the moral goodness of treating one another with equal dignity. Since when is Israel an enemy when Nimeyri himself facilitated the immigration of Jews to Israel?

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  • 1 March 2013 17:08, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

    Arman please no more negotiation for Beshir just deal for war only.
    Beshir said any one who need his position let him/her come by force and he will get my post till I reach graveyord.

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    • 2 March 2013 07:09, by Tutbol

      Yasir Arman is a copy of Dr Garang. He aims to see to it that every Sudanese deserve their Sudan-ness. Who on earth would fight for other peoples’ independence & once they achieve their independent, then he moves on to liberate his people! Probally Jesus can do that! And our Western allies; who think created Sudanese people, gave birth to them & they became their babies. Often threaten>>>

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      • 2 March 2013 07:46, by Tutbol

        >>> S Sudanese to forsake the South Khordupanians & South Blue Nilotes, when they donot know what these peoples went through together? Our western allies don’t just get it! These peoples want their lives back. They want their peoples to be the masters of their lands & what their lands could give them. That is all they need & our freedom loving western allies should recognised this. That is all.

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  • 2 March 2013 08:20, by Joseph Canada

    I SMELL A REFERENDUM! THERE WILL BE ANOTHER COUNTRY IN BETWEEN. THEN THE DARFUR.

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    • 2 March 2013 15:09, by Hamra

      Yes, this does seem likely. And amongst the root causes of this break-up of Sudan must be the cancer of racism that fills the hearts of the northern rich and elite (aka as parasites) and eats away at what could have been a great nation. Sudan - RIP!

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