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Sudan, SPLM-N peace talks adjourned until next month

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February 18, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The chair of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), Thabo Mbeki, has announced that talks between Sudan’s government and rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) which sought to end the two-and-half-year conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile have been suspended for ten days.

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The head of the Sudanese government’s negotiating team, Ibrahim Gandour (R), speaks at the opening session of peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 13 February 2014. The SPLM’s Yasir Arman appears at the extreme left of the table, while the mediators and UN envoy are pictured in the middle (Photo: AUHIP)

Mbeki said at a press conference on Tuesday the ten-day hiatus is meant to give delegates time to consult on proposals put forth by the AUHIP with their respective leaders.

"We have made these proposals to the parties with the suggestion that we should adjourn this present session of negotiations to give a possibility to the parties to consult with their principles about these proposals", he said.

But the former South African president did not provide details regarding the proposals.

Sources close to the talks told Sudan Tribune that the AUHIP proposals are based on the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2046 (2012) regarding the security, political, and humanitarian issues in the two areas.

The same sources pointed that negotiations stalled because the government delegation insisted that the objective of talks is to settle the conflict in the two areas while the SPLM-N delegation called for a holistic approach to solve Sudan’s problems.

The two delegations accused each other of impeding this round of negotiations.

While the government delegation held the SPLM-N delegation responsible for hindering talks, the SPLM-N said that the former sought partial solutions for the crisis.

Meanwhile, Sudan’s defence minister, Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, vowed a decisive military victory against rebellion, accusing the SPLM-N of obstructing peace talks.

The SPLM-N delegation protested to the AUHIP against Hussein’s statements and expressed resentment over Khartoum’s rhetorical and military escalation coinciding with negotiations.

Hussein, who addressed a crowd of the paramilitary Popular Defence Forces (PDF) in Khartoum on Tuesday, asserted the armed forces keenness on resolving issues through dialogue, however he emphasized readiness to end the conflict through the "gun".

"We are keenest to resolve issues through dialogue and only dialogue but if war is imposed upon us we would fight. We are ready to finish the summer campaign to end the rebellion", he further said.

The government delegation issued a statement on Tuesday saying the SPLM-N delegation "showed no concern for feelings, hopes and aspirations" of the people of South Kordofan, Blue Nile and the entire country.

The statement alleged that rebels proved intransigent and also dishonoured what was agreed upon, and accused them of using negotiations as means to serve agendas unrelated to the two areas and their people.

Reaffirming its commitment to UNSC resolution 2046 and AU relevant decisions, the government delegation said any future discussions should focus on the two areas only to discuss political, security and humanitarian themes.

The head of the SPLM-N delegation, Yasir Arman, said in press statements on Tuesday the government delegation came to "the wrong place and address", accusing the latter of refusing to allow access to the two areas for delivery of humanitarian assistance.

He said that the government seeks partial solution while the SPLM-N aims to achieve comprehensive solution and to organize a constitutional conference.

The Blue Nile and South Kordofan’s conflict erupted months apart from each other in 2011 when Sudan attempted to forcibly disarm SPLM-N fighters it accuses of being backed by their brother-in-arms in the South Sudanese army.

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  • 19 February 07:59, by Darkangel

    Seriously ? Is this guy a moron ?
    "Arman reiterated that the Sudanese government seeks a partial solution while the SPLM-N aims to achieve comprehensive solution and a constitutional conference"
    The talks about SK & BN so it is a partial issue - you are at the wrong place & address - No one is here to talk about Sudan & you becoming president idiot !

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    • 19 February 08:02, by Darkangel

      Thabo Mbeki should be honest with everyone & Sudanese ppl especially. Tell us what these talks are about, what the SD government want & what the SPLM-N want - then let the Sudanese & World judge who is playing games & who is serious. Being this diplomatic only forms suspicions on your neutrality, because when u go to UNSC & say both sides are to blame we know you are no use to Sudan anymore !

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    • 19 February 08:06, by Darkangel

      We know for a fact that the Hotel was filled with American, European and Israeli advisers swarming around, telling the SPLM-N what to say & what to do. If you cant even stop this interference in meetings like this Mr Mbeki, what use are you to us as a mediator ? If your suggested paper doesnt clearly state the talks are about SK & BN and nothing else, maybe you should go to S Sudan peace talks !

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      • 19 February 11:15, by Jalaby

        Darkangel,
        Americans and the rest of European countries are not fair at all but have double standard, punishment and embargo are for Sudan only while the dogs rebels have all the right to reject, impose whatever they want and further more, assassinate, shell Kadugly randomly and kill innocent civilians in front of the whole world eyes and no

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        • 19 February 11:20, by Jalaby

          classify them as terrorist organization but they open their countries for them to visit and support!
          They didn’t learn the lesson yet from the south, they fought Sudan by every means till they separated the south but look what happens to the south now? they reaped what they planted and the south is nothing now other than a piece of hell and running out of control!

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          • 19 February 11:25, by Jalaby

            Dogs SPLA-N are in a very weak situation now after their masters in the south are so busy killing each others and overwhelmed by problems from every side and can no longer feed its dogs SPLA-N and left them so hungry searching for food and die of hunger
            Ironically,they’re using them as mercenaries to fight with them Nuer! They are nasty dogs who are looking for food!

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            • 19 February 12:17, by Kalo

              Jalaby&dark angel ,internet war won,t help you,if you are man just come yourself and fight SPLM-N on the sport rather than hiring missioners from Chad,Niger,Mala,Mauritanian,the good thing,they learnt lesson and went back satisfy themselves,the bad things leaving four location of mass grave in Toroji,taking 15 million USD,you know nothing about operation on ground

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  • 19 February 08:19, by Kalo

    Well and good move,Abdurahhim have already declared Summer war,my simple question to him,where are the Janjaweed with 1300 vehicles recently attacked Toroji ran to Elobied end up Darfur,no one will come and fight in S.K,unless Jalaby,Soldier,oppressor,Mohammed Ali2,Dark angel etc,did Albasir pray in Kauda?Dumb Abdurahim come for summer war but SRF under alHilu will come for planning B.

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