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SPLM-N internal divisions hinder Sudan’s peace talks: spokesperson

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SPLM-N leader Malik Agar (Center) with SPLA-N chief of satff Jacod Mekouar (L) and SPLM-N SG Yasir Arman pose for a collective picture in the Nuba Mountains at the end of their meeting (ST Photo)

June 10, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese government Saturday said differences within the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) would obstruct peace talks and exacerbate the suffering of residents of the Two Areas.

The Sudanese army has been fighting SPLM-N rebels in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan, also known as the Two Areas since 2011.

Sharp differences have emerged within the SPLM-N since last March when the Movement’s deputy chairman Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu tendered his resignation and criticised SPLM-N’s chairman Malik Agar and Secretary General Yasser Arman.

On Wednesday, the Nuba Mountains Liberation Council (NMLC), an SPLM-N regional body, decided to install al-Hilu as temporary chairman of the Movement, to relieve Agar from the leadership of the armed group together with Arman, and to prevent them from entering the SPLM-N controlled areas.

However, Agar rejected the move describing it as a “coup d’état if it succeeds will pave the way for other coups to come after”.

The semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) Saturday quoted the government’s spokesperson Ahmed Bilal Osman as saying they are fully ready to resume peace talks after it has accepted the U.S. proposal to deliver humanitarian assistance to the affected in the Two Areas.

He pointed that the timeframe given by the African mediation to the SPLM-N is sufficient to resume the talks within the coming days; calling on the Movement to resolve its internal differences, which he said represent the greatest obstacle to achieve peace in the Two Areas.

The African Union is brokering peace talks between the Sudanese government and opposition including the armed groups in Darfur and the Two Areas. Last April, SPLM-N announced they agreed with the African Union chief mediator, Thabo Mbeki, to postpone peace talks to next July.

Osman further said the Movement continues to stick to its negative stance towards peace despite efforts exerted by the regional and international community, adding “the government is ready to resume negotiations at any time so that the people of the Two Areas could enjoy full security and stability”.

Talks between the government and the Movement for a cessation of hostilities and humanitarian access are stalled since last August. The SPLM-N demands to deliver 20% of the humanitarian assistance through a humanitarian corridor from Asosa, an Ethiopian border town.

But the government rejects the idea saying it is a breach of the state sovereignty and a manoeuvre from the rebels to bring arms and ammunition to their locked rebel-held areas in the Two Areas.

The SPLM-N last November declined an American proposal to transport humanitarian medical assistance directly to the civilians in the rebel-held areas in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

(ST)

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  • 12 June 00:38, by Kush Natives

    Now the NIF regime found itself into the SPLM/A-N affairs, while NIF was the main contributor or behind fueling this rift within the SPLM/A-N movement. At this critical juncture, it would be up to the political bureau of the SPLM-N to decide what will eventually benefit their interest. This is exactly what happened in the SPLA in 80s and 90s. Temptation always exist, but must be handle carefully.

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    • 12 June 00:49, by Kush Natives

      I am not in support of any either party, the SPLM-N leaderships should have judges their peace process carefully, because it was this the same government who denied or abandoned the protocols of the TWO areas partially from the CPA. Otherwise, Sudan wouldn’t irritate the current civil war. But, El Omar choices to stick to his daily and previous crimes against humanity. Sudan will never rest.

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