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Sudan rejects SPLM-N al-Hilu demand for self-determination

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Abdel Aziz al-Hilu addressing the SPLM-N extraordinary conference held on 8-12 October (Photo SPLM-N)

October 15, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s negotiating team Sunday said the future of talks with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) became unclear due to prohibitive demands and the rift within the latter.

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

The SPLM-N is now divided into two factions: one led by Abdel Aziz al-Hilu and the other led by Malik Agar. The rift emerged several months ago over the right of self-determination and other organisational issues.

The SPLM-N al-Hilu concluded Thursday its Extraordinary General Conference held in the Nuba Mountains area of South Kordofan state from 8 to 12 October.

The conference reaffirmed al-Hilu’s faction demand for self-determination saying it should be the basis of a negotiated solution to establish the New Sudan.

However, the semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) Sunday quoted a member of the government negotiating team Abdel-Rahman Abu Median as saying the Movement has exaggerated its demands.

He pointed that Sudan, African mediation and the international community won’t accept al-Hilu’s faction demands, saying they would adhere to the framework agreement signed with the SPLM-N negotiating team headed by Yasir Arman.

The government and the opposition Sudan Call alliance including the SPLM-N signed in March and August 2016 the Roadmap Agreement brokered by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) including several steps towards their participation in a national constitutional process inside Sudan.

However, the parties failed to sign a cessation of hostilities and humanitarian agreements that are seen crucial before to move forward in the roadmap implementation process.

The Roadmap agreement didn’t include the right for self-determination as a basis for the peace talks on the Two Areas.

Last month, the African Union representative in Khartoum, Mahmoud Kan told SMC that the SPLM-N al-Hilu in a recent meeting with the AUHIP explained its position on the self-determination reiterating its commitment to the unity of Sudan.

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  • 15 October 22:41, by lino

    Self-determination doesn’t always mean separation!!! Understand the position and the word first before jumping to conclusions.
    Every country member in the UN signed on that right!!!

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  • 16 October 02:21, by john akeen

    If Nuba mountains people they believe that they have a land that they can leave on, that mean they have a right to call for self-determination because it is their right to leave alone on their own land

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    • 16 October 05:53, by Newsudan

      go on Hilu,SPLA N & S are ever ready to faced SAF and its mercenaries, so call Riek Io

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    • 16 October 20:29, by jubaone

      John Akeen
      Hopeless Jienge hypocrite. You can’t want Nubas to have self determination rights while you worthless jienges reject federalism that Riak proposed. We shall engage you jienges 1, 5 29 yrs and at the end take from me, SS will break up.

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      • 17 October 05:00, by john akeen

        Jubaone
        you see what is your stupid ass saying, who says Riek Machar is the one who came up federalism idea ya stupid inta, it was Equatorians idea and Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro came up with again

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