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SPLM-N rebels say Khartoum not interested in comprehensive peace


February 14, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) - Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) on Friday criticized the position paper presented by the Sudanese government during the first days of negotiations, saying Khartoum is only interested in partial solutions.

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SPLM-N secretary-general and chief negotiator speaks at the opening session of peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 13 February 2014 (Photo: AUHIP)

In a three-hour meeting held on Friday, the Sudanese government and rebel delegations exchanged their negotiating position papers before to engage in talks brokered by African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) over the resolution of the armed conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

"Today the two delegations exchanged negotiating positions, but there is a large gap between the two parties. The SPLM-N is seeking a comprehensive solution, while the (ruling) National Congress Party wants a partial solution to the problem," said Mubarak Ardol spokesperson of the SPLM-N negotiating team.

He further said the ruling party is seeking to give the false impression they are willing to implement a comprehensive solution but this "claim has been tested today".

"our message to the Sudanese people that the NCP has nothing new to offer," he added.

Thursday, the chief mediator Thabo Mbeki called on the two parties to reach a peace deal to end the two and half year conflict based on a framework agreement signed on 28 June 20114.

Also, during the opening session, the two sides said committed to the African Union and UN Security Council decisions calling on them to observe the signed framework agreement in their talks to end war and to provide humanitarian assistance to civilians in the rebel held areas.

The Sudanese government delegation, in its position paper suggested to discuss cessation of hostilities and security arrangements and a set of principles to form a joint security committee as well as ways to deliver humanitarian aid to affected civilians in the Two Areas.

The paper also deals with the implementation of the Popular Consultation agreed in 2005 peace agreement and underlines the need to observe the Political Parties Act of 2007 which refers to the disarmament former rebels before to register as political party.

Khartoum also underlined the need to cooperate in a national framework with other political forces to prepare a permanent constitution for the country.

However, Ardol told Sudan Tribune that the government’s paper does not mention the 28 June agreement which provides that the two parties, once an agreement on the Two Areas is sealed, would work together to hold a comprehensive and inclusive process for democratic change.

The SPLM-N rebels demand at this stage, a comprehensive cessation of hostilities in Blue Nile, South Kordofan states and Darfur region. They also propose to open humanitarian access to civilians in the rebel controlled areas in southern and western Sudan.

For the political talks, the rebel group proposes to unite the two forums for peace in the Two Areas and Darfur, after what a comprehensive political process will be held to discuss the conflicts in the three regions and to agree on a new constitution.

Ardol said their negotiating team met with two experts, Mohamed Khater and Farah Alagar adding that Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail, and Omer Ismail will join them on Friday.

Ismail, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune emphasized that he participates as expert for the SPLM-N in his "personal capacity, completely separate and unrelated to (his) work and association" with the Washington based Enough Project, an advocacy group to end genocide and crimes against humanity.

A number of foreign diplomats including US special envoy, Donald Booth met with government and rebel delegations on Friday to hear their positions and discuss steps forwards in the peace process.

Talks are expected to resume on Saturday but between the two sides as the mediation will try to propose a common ground for further discussions.


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  • 15 February 11:07, by Darkangel

    I dont think Arman can read or speak english. The UN resolution, AU resolution and AUHIP all speak of a resolution of the armed conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Nobody wants to hear your crap ! You want humanitarian access to feed your starving SPLMN fighters - arent they looting enough in S Sudan.

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    • 15 February 11:11, by Darkangel

      This resolution is being discussed on the basis of the CPA - You can make up your own resolution, nobody has to accept it. Who gave you the right to speak for the rest of Sudan - hell who gave u the right to speak for S Kordofan or B Nile? There is a forum for the Darfur conflict - no one asked you to speak for Darfur. JEM AlNur & Minawi can go to doha to discuss Darfur if they want peace.

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    • 15 February 11:13, by Darkangel

      These are the cries of a desperate man dying. You are being fought from the North by SAF, S Sudan is in dismay with fighting & no longer has the will or money to support you and after what you and JEM did in South Sudan - killing people & stealing money & ammunition - i dont think anyone will help you. The major opposition Turabi, Marghani and Mahdi are talking peace with NCP - you have nothing !

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    • 15 February 11:18, by Darkangel

      Your struggle is a selfish one for power! Let the people of Nuba Mnts & B Nile discuss their own future & peace requirements. Same goes for the bandit & paid mercenaries of Darfur - JEM Alnur & Minawi - they dont represent anyone but themselves. The people of Darfur are sick of 10 years of war & want to have peace, security and a life. What are these 3 illiterate racist clowns going to offer them?

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      • 15 February 11:23, by Darkangel

        These 3 are happy living off the millions of $$ donated to them by European NGO’s and Israeli military to live a comfortable life in Paris, Nairobi & Kampala. For the last 10 years they have done nothing but live in fancy hotels eating fancy restaurants & showing up on Tv programs - while the innocent people suffer with their mercenaries looting & killing. Who do you think will let you rule Sudan?

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        • 15 February 11:29, by Darkangel

          !!! OVER MY DEAD BODY !!!!

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          • 15 February 12:34, by Mohammed Ali 2

            What is Arman? He is a big fat nothing.He is feeding himself from the blood & sufferings of the poor pple of SK & BN. He is addicted to this way of life.If there is no conflict Arman will be jobless poor person.He is not educated enough or has any skills to earn him bread.He can only feed himself from conflicts.He is the most unpopular &dispised person in the history of Sudan.

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            • 15 February 12:49, by Mohammed Ali 2

              I doubted it very much that Arman can wlak freely in Khartoum.Without the blood & sufferings of the BN & SK he can never get the fame, money & the 5 star hotel! Arman is not acceptable even to the opposition.The resolution strictly speaks about SK & BN and he is neither from SK ,BN nor Darfur.The only way to fit himself in is to talk about ALL of Sudan. He is too small to talk about all of SUDAN.

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              • 15 February 13:05, by Mohammed Ali 2

                Arman had made himself rich by parsiting in the grand robbery of S.S money.SPLA north or South is a bad example to follow.They proved to be thieves & war mongers.The pple of Sudan don’t want to hear anything about something called SPLA.They thanks god that it kept it away from us.7 millions out of 8 millions are starving while the SPLA freedom fighters are fighting over who will be loooting more!

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                • 15 February 13:09, by Mohammed Ali 2

                  Not ruling , Darkangle, only the name SPLA in Sudan is over the DEAD BODY of all Sudanese.We have seen what they did and what they are doing and we know what they will do !

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                  • 16 February 20:47, by Kalo

                    Dark angel and Mohammed Ali2,you are stupid enough who told you we are involving in SS conflict,if you are not serious with peace just await and regret like when you were crying in Abukorshola,next will not be Abukorshola but Khartoum mark my words.

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                    • 16 February 22:13, by Mohamed

                      Why don’t you try Kadugli first and then think of Khartoum.
                      You are no more than mercenaries fighting for enough project and Israel.
                      But I don’t think you have the brains to understand that!
                      You care nothing for the poor dying civilians.
                      All about political power, which u can’t get through votes. Not even in SK or BN.

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                      • 17 February 08:32, by Kalo

                        Mohammed,Kadugli is nothing to us,coz have the same marginalize people better place like Umraba/Khartoum where there are Jalabays to feel the pain,just wait and see what is going to happen soon,i hope i will get you to answer me.

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                      • 17 February 08:32, by Kalo

                        Mohammed,Kadugli is nothing to us,coz have the same marginalize people better place like Umraba/Khartoum where there are Jalabays to feel the pain,just wait and see what is going to happen soon,i hope i will get you to answer me.

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                      • 17 February 08:57, by Kalo

                        Mohammed Ali,can you honestly tell me what Your men militants Janjaweed did in Elobied,if they have escaped from South Kordofan,who will face us again,looting,killing and raping their allies arabs in Elobied hahahahaah.

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