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US pushing for peace deal between Sudan, SPLM-N: envoy

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February 22, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The United States special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth has said his country encouraged the government and rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) negotiators to reach an agreement during the recent round of talks in Addis Ababa.

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US special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth (US embassy photo)

Booth noted that he held separate meetings with both delegations to urge them to arrive at a peace deal.

According to Saturday’s issue of the pro-government al-Rayaam daily newspaper, Booth warned that war is the only alternative for negotiations, which he said is harmful for all parties.

He stressed that he sensed strong political will from both sides to achieve peace and pointed to the need for holding negotiations on humanitarian, political and security issues simultaneously, saying this would save time and shorten duration of suffering for the people in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The US official further expressed satisfaction with the resumption of negotiations within 10 days but refrained from commenting on the proposal which the chair of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), Thabo Mbeki, has handed over to the warring parties.

“I do not want to prejudge positions of the concerned parties”, he said

Last Tuesday, Mbeki announced that talks between Sudan’s government and SPLM-N which sought to end the two-and-half-year conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile have been suspended for ten days.

He said 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.

The AUHIP proposal calls for unconditional cessation of hostilities that must be activated within 7 days from the date of signing the peace deal.

It also demands both parties not to move or boost troops or occupy new positions besides stopping all violent acts against civilians, aid workers and their properties.

The proposal further asks conflicting parties to control armed militias as well as controlling their troops in areas under their control, demanding resolving conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile through negotiations on the basis of the frame work agreement signed on June 28, 2011.

The June agreement provides for an inclusive constitutional process to address the historical question, how Sudan is going to be governed, with the participation of all stakeholders, political parties and civil society organizations in a national constitutional conference.

The AUHIP proposal also calls upon both parties to work with all Sudanese stakeholders towards engaging in a comprehensive national dialogue to achieve the democratic transformation and the constitutional reform, proposing formation of joint political, security, and humanitarian committees to continue dialogue among all Sudanese forces.

It underscored the right of the SPLM-N to be registered and carry out its activities as a political party according to the law.

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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  • 23 February 07:11, by Jalaby

    US is unfair broker therefore a very limited positive outcome is expected from their side!
    US should concentrate in how to extinguish the fire that they burned by themselves in the south by separating the south despite they knew it does not have the basic elements to establish a country, that fire is now eating the green and dry in the south!

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    • 23 February 07:17, by Jalaby

      US should meet their promises and lift Sudan from their blacklist first and immediately cancel the economical embargo and punishment that they unfairly imposed over Sudan before they talk about being a broker to bring peace in Sudan!
      We know how to deal with Jalaby Yasir Arman who has nothing to do with S Kordofan or Blue Nile areas!

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      • 23 February 07:25, by Jalaby

        Ironically, neither Aggar nor Al-Hilo who are from these areas and took their guns fighting Khartoum government under the name of the injustice situation of the two areas, both of them are not leading the negotiation with the government in Addis but Jalaby Yasir Arman did and speaks on behalf of the people of the two areas despite he is not from these areas but Ja’ly

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        • 23 February 07:32, by Jalaby

          from Shandy and he has no one single Jalaby fighter fighting in these two areas! not only that but Jalaby Arman gave himself the right to speak on behalf of all Sudanese people which is ridiculous!
          Well,Jalaby Arman is now on top of Aggar & Al-Hilo that means Arab/Jalaba are always the leaders in Sudan and more clever than Jonobean and other black people in Sudan! LOL

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  • 23 February 08:58, by Pif Paf

    The US hypocrisy in dealings with Sudan makes the US an unbiased meditator in the Sudanese conflicts. Ironically they are the cause of most of Sudan troubles. How can the US support one side of the conflict while sanctioning the other and then say it is pushing for peace?
    A wolf in Sheep clothing.

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  • 23 February 13:58, by Konan

    Arman does not belong to our tribe "Ja’alien" or from Shandi City. He is from a small village in Jazerra State called "Helat Saeed" or " Campo Saeed" mainly inhibited by migrants from West Africa. Lol

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