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Sudan peace talks suspended after accusations of fresh attacks in South Kordofan

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Abdel Aziz al-Hilu flanked by SPLA-N military leaders in the Nuba Mountains on 8 July 2017 (ST Photo)
October 16, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Talks for peace between the transitional government and the SPLM-N led by Abdel Aziz al-Hilu have been adjourned for 24 hours after accusation of fresh attacks by government forces in South Kordofan

In a statement released on Wednesday, the SPLM-N al-Hilu accused the Rapid Support Forces of ambushing civilians in the rebel-controlled area of Khor Warl in South Kordofan and arresting 13 people with their goods on 15 October.

The SPLM-N al-Hilu pointed to the involvement of local elements of Hawazmeh tribe in the clashes and requested Khartoum to renew its commitment to the unilateral cessation of hostilities.

The Movement would only begin negotiations after "the issuance of a solemn declaration of cessation of hostilities by the government, the release of the held detainees, their handover to the SPLM and the immediate withdrawal (of the government forces) from the areas it controlled."

In response to this demand, the head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan ordered the armed forces to cease fire across the country, to allow the resumption of the talks.

"We declare a ceasefire throughout the Republic of Sudan, and on all fronts and names, as of the date of the decision," said al-Burhan in a statement released on Wednesday.

Transitional government and SPLM-N al-Hilu were due to start direct peace talks in Juba on Wednesday when the latter announced the suspension of the talks to protest the recent violence in South Kordofan.

For his part, the spokesman for the government negotiating delegation, Mohamed al-Hassan Eltaishi, said that "unfortunate events" prevented a meeting with the SPLM-N, led by Abdel Aziz al-Hilu, to discuss the agenda of peace negotiations.

" (...) A conflict erupted during the past two days between armed pastoralists and some traders in areas controlled by the SPLM in the state of South Kordofan," he further said.

Eltaishi expressed the government’s condemnation of the incident and stressed that it would prosecute the perpetrators and hold them accountable under the law.

"What happened should be a motivation to move forward in the path of peace to end the fighting forever," he further stressed.

He reiterated that the Sudanese government is ready for discussion on all issues.

Later, the South Sudanese mediation team issued a statement announcing the adjournment of the meetings for 24 hours.

"The postponement was decided because of the protest by the SPLM against the Sudanese government which was accused of violating the ceasefire in an incident that took place in Khor Warl area in South Kordofan."

The mediation added it would hold further consultations with the parties to address the matter.

The Sudanese army and the SPLM-N have declared since three years ago a unilateral cessation of hostilities they used to renew regularly.

(ST)

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  • 17 October 07:06, by Pakuai

    Our South Sudanese lowly informed will wait and wait for their young boys and girls to tell them what to do. And then go to our arch enemy without shame and brag that they are anyone. Mr. Salva Kiir with his empty ’cowboy hat’ has not told the world as to why ’Mr. the SPLM-N of Mr. El-Hilu, Yasir Arman and Malik Agaar’ were ’deported to South Sudan’. Fellows, war is here. There are some people>>>>

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    • 17 October 07:28, by Pakuai

      who would never ever live side by side with us, our *cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, evil white Americans, English people, their Abeshas (so-called ethiopians), their evil juus (so-called israelis), their UN, their sleazy NGOs, Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans, Nepalese and some of their creeps in between>>>>

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      • 17 October 08:03, by Pakuai

        Our ’lowly informed elders’ have been informed time and time again. To let us ’round up our enemies kill them and throw them into the Nile and be done with them’. But they don’t want to heed our warnings, but when the ’dirty game being played over our country and over people later spring up’ then they would ’wake like spook birds’ and blame others>>>>

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        • 17 October 08:10, by Pakuai

          Fools who would want to be ’mediators between’ our ’Southern Kordudfan and Southern Blue’ must tell our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan to back off. Darfur can get independence. But ’Southern Kordudfan and Southern Blue’ must come to South Sudan. And Mr. El Hilu be made ’first vice president and Mr. Malik Agar’ the internal affairs.>>>>

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          • 17 October 08:14, by Pakuai

            We are going to take back our Khartoum. But for now, we don’t want to have anything that is ’connected evil white Americans, English people, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their Abeshas (so-called ethiopians), Bantuses, their gulf Arab states’ financiers and some of their creeps in between, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. The evils have living over our people and our people,>>>>

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