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Direct talks on South Kordofan and Blue Nile to begin next week, SPLM-N says


April 15, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Direct talks between Sudanese government and Sudan people’s Liberation Movement- North (SPLM-N) to settle South Kordofan and Blue Nile conflict will start on 23 April, announced the rebel group on Monday.

The spokesperson of the SPLM-N negotiating team, Zeinab Mahmoud Al-Dawi, released a statement saying that the movement’s chairman Malik Agar received an invitation extended by the chief mediator Thabo Mbeki.

She further said that they accepted the invitation and a 15-member delegation led by SPLM-N’s Secretary general Yasir Arman will participate in the talks.

The head of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) on foreign relations, Ibrahim Ghandour, announced Sunday the readiness of his government to start direct negotiations with the SPLM-N.

Khartoum, in the past refused talks with the SPLM-N saying they are still linked to a foreign party -South Sudan ruling SPLM- and asked the latter to disengage with them before any political process.

Sudan and South Sudan started since last March the implementation of a Cooperation Agreement inked in September 2012. The deal, which includes nine protocols, aims to establish a buffer zone and resume the exportation of South Sudan oil but also includes measures to stop support to rebel groups from both sides.

Zeinab said the talks will be held on the basis of UN resolution 2046, African Union resolutions and the Cooperation Agreement.

The rebel group proposed to sign a cessation of hostilities agreement to facilitate the implementation of the security arrangements between Khartoum and Juba particularly the activation of the demilitarized zone.

Also the SPLM-N demands to allow immediate humanitarian access to civilians in the rebel held areas.

Sudan and the SPLM-N signed last August a humanitarian agreement based on a proposal made by the United Nations, African Union and Arab league but they failed to implement it. The two parties disagree on how to control the distribution of food.


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  • 16 April 2013 07:15, by South South

    Yes SPLA/N talk can go on while fighting in the field. In the end Fake Arabs will understand gun points only like the way people of South Sudan kicked them out from South Sudan land. You can see Bashir coming to Juba with his tail folded between his legs, who can believe that will happen in our time.

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    • 16 April 2013 09:59, by Mapuor

      South South
      The world has already become a village,baseless things are no longer entertained.Farmers of Nuba and Blue Nile should prepare themselves to till their land in the coming rainy season.Food handouts at Yida,Maban and else where is useless.Peace must prevail in two Sudans this year come what may

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      • 16 April 2013 13:42, by South South

        Do not forget we are dealing with Fake Arab who does not respect anything call peace deal. Go back to the history of Sudan and see how many peace’s were signed with fake Arabs then dishonored. Do you know why they gave up South Sudan ? War only, not peace. We are not dealing with European or Canadian, but Fake Arabs. The worst people on the face on earth.

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  • 16 April 2013 10:15, by Kalo

    We don,t care,it is just the issue of humanitarians assistant,our main goal is to topple down regime of NCP or all the problem of Sudan which including Darfur and Eastern Sudan should be solve once,leave the fake trick peace of Doh,
    By Kalo the song of Nuba

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    • 16 April 2013 11:54, by Peter Mading

      Let Peace be achieved in the talks.

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  • 16 April 2013 18:07, by steven

    Hopefully this will help stabilize the situation and ensure the safety of citizens.

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  • 18 April 2013 09:31, by Nubian King

    I don’t believe in any deal between any party and the NCP. To me, it’s just a PAUSE/PLAY being executed here.

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