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South Sudanese embassy refused visa for Sudanese opposition to attend SPLM-N conference: NUP

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Mariam al-Mahdi and Mohamed Faroug with SPLM-N al-Hilu delegation in Addis Ababa on 1 September 2017 ST
October 4, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - The opposition National Umma Party (NUP) said they would not take part in the extraordinary general conference of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North led Abdel Aziz al-Hilu (SPLM-N al-Hilu) on Friday due to the refusal of South Sudanese embassy to grant a visa to their delegation.

Different Sudanese opposition groups said they would travel to the rebel conference in the Nuba Mountains area of South Kordofan state to show their solidarity with the cause of the group which experienced a rift last April.

To reach the SPLM-N al-Hilu stronghold area, the participants need to travel to Juba and from there travel to the northern South Sudan before to cross the border into the Nuba Hills.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the NUP said they were keen to participate in the SPLM-N but the refusal of the South Sudan Embassy in Khartoum to grant visas "to delegations participating in the conference prevented our arrival and participation in the conference".

"We will closely follow with interest the meetings of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, in Kauda, and we extend our good wishes for the success of the historical conference, which comes at an important juncture in the march of the Movement."

The NUP, also, expressed hopes that the SPLM-N overcomes its current crisis and that the conference constitutes a turning point to build trust between the comrades and achieve an organizational and political unity.

The SPLM-N is now splinted in two groups one led by Malik Agar and another led by Abdel Aziz al-Hilu. The latter had accused the former of abandoning the right of self-determination and accepting the merger of the SPLA in the national army immediately. Also, the former leader of the unified Movement is accused of neglecting to build the political structures of the group.

SOUTH SUDANESE EMBASSY CONFIRMS

For its part, the South Sudanese embassy in Khartoum issued a statement confirming the rejection of visa for the opposition groups, pointing that "the conference will be held in a Sudanese region".

The diplomatic mission further reiterated its keenness to "promoting bilateral relations and advancing common interests to strengthening peace, security and stability between the two brotherly countries".

Sudan in the past accused the South Sudanese government of allowing the SPLM-N to bring weapons and ammunition into its territory.

(ST)

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  • 5 October 08:59, by Eastern

    Unless Kiir is being economical with the truth; SPLM-N operates in Sudanese territory. Unless the outfit is being hosted somewhere in some hidden locale in South Sudan, the South Sudan embassy in Khartoum is the wrong port of call.

    repondre message

  • 5 October 16:58, by Turabi

    Its really awkward request, Kauda is in Sudan not South Sudan, why asking for visa to enter part or your country?
    that just a cool politic,and that will never work this time again.
    we know what you are capable of you Arabs, coming together again with you maybe after anther creation if maybe God Has plan for it
    you follow critically you don’t follow, that is non of our problem.

    repondre message

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