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Sudan’s NCP rejects Kiir’s offer to facilitate negotiated agreement with rebels


October 11, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has turned down a proposition made by the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir to facilitate peaceful settlement to the conflict between Khartoum and Sudan’s People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N).

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (Getty)

Sudan and South Sudan presidents on 27 September signed a series of cooperation agreements including a demilitarized zone on the border between the two countries and military disengagement between the former rebel army turned South Sudanese army and the SPLM-N fighters.

Kiir had proposed last July during a meeting with Al-Bashir in Addis Ababa to facilitate a solution to the crisis with the SPLM-N, the issue was raised again during the six-day talks in September. On Wednesday 10 October, South Sudan Ambassador Dut Mayen reiterated Kiir’s proposition in a meeting with the presidential assistant Abdel Rahman Al-Mahdi.

Badr El-Din Ahmed Ibrahim, NCP spokesperson, reacted quickly to the proposition saying the issue of negotiations with the SPLM-N already had been discussed during the meeting between President Omer Al-Bashir and his counterpart Salva Kiir.

He pointed out they do not recognize the SPLM-N as a Sudanese political force, insinuating they are an extension of the South Sudanese army (SPLA), stressing that the government refused already to negotiate with the rebel group in Addis Ababa.

The SPLM-N fighters are from Blue Nile and South Kordofan, areas which joined the SPLA in the civil war against Khartoum but were left north of the new international border when South Sudan seceded last year as part of a 2005 peace deal.

In statements to the semi-official Sudanese Media Centre, Ibrahim further said that issue of SPLM-N and other armed groups was included in the security arrangements agreed between the two sides.

The government negotiating team held indirect talks with the rebel delegation but the mediation failed to create a common ground because the government delegation asked to disarm the rebels first and the SPLM-N demands to hold a comprehensive talks process including Darfur rebels, which whom they formed the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) alliance a year ago.

The SPLM-N formed the alliance after the NCP scrapped a deal agreed in principle with senior Sudanese official Nafie Ali Nafie in Addis Ababa, which recognised the SPLM-N as a legal political party.

The UN Security Council has called for the discarded deal to be the basis of talks between the two sides.

A government sponsored consultative conference on peace in South Kordofan was wrapped up in Kadugli on Wednesday 10 October, where a number of recommendations defining the government’s position for future talks with the rebel SPLM-N were endorsed.

The conference called a ceasefire in the Two Areas; speedy implementation of border security arrangements with South Sudan; disengagement between "the State’s sons members of the SPLM" and the SPLA of South Sudan, and to manage the situation of the rebel fighters in line with the option of integration into the Sudanese army (SAF) and the other disarmament, demobilization and reintegration measures.

Ibrahim called on the South Sudanese government to accelerate the implementation of security arrangements, to disengage with the SPLM-N and to not support the rebel groups on the common border as well as to fight the arms smuggling.

The Sudanese government, during the interim period of 2005 peace agreement, demanded that the SPLA withdraw its troops from the Two Areas which have a different protocol providing to conduct a popular consultation process.

On 26 May 2011 following the seizure of Abyei, Sudan’s military First Commander Ismat Abdel Rahman announced that the Sudanese army would start within a week a compulsory evacuation of all the SPLA forces in the Two Areas, adding they already addressed a message asking them to withdraw south to 1956 border.

Their presence is illegal, he added.

The difference between the SPLM-N and the Sudanese army over when they should be disarmed (before or after the popular consultations) led to the start of hostilities on 5 June 2011 between the two parties in South Kordofan, and in Blue Nile on 1 September 2011.

Since the Sudanese army say the SPLM-N fighters should be disarmed before any political process, stressing that they demobilize the their officers and soldiers from South Sudan in line with the peace agreement.

Based on this position, the army pushed the Sudanese president to scrap a framework deal his close aide Nafie Ali Nafie signed with the rebels on 28 June 2011 aiming to restore the political partnership between the two parties.

UN Security Council resolution 2046 demands the two parties to resume political talks without preconditions and to allow humanitarian aid to affected civilians in the rebel held areas.


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  • 12 October 2012 08:12, by George Bol

    The South Sudan has border with South Kordufan and Blue Nile;therefore, we are the one to share our border but not Arab North.Popular consultation of the two states must be implemented in the present of SPLM-South Sudan because that is what has been signed. Ignoring SPLM/A-North will create a major problem on top of Abyei and border areas. For me we should not allow our oil go North.

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  • 12 October 2012 08:24, by Ahmado

    To Kiir, you have fail everything how can you promote peaceful nagotiated? two you have sold the 14 miles to Arabs three you refuse to endorse the popular consultation for the people of Nuba mt and blue nile now you are dream of make peace between them shame on you president of dinkas.

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  • 12 October 2012 08:38, by Dumodit

    If SPLM-N rejected by Sudanese government as not part of political party in the North; where’s their citizenship right?
    The disarmament or demilitarization would have not been possible
    Who will disarm them? If there’s not negotiation between NCP & SPLM-N then NO PEACE in Sudan. Both Rebels in South Kordufan, South Blue Nile and Darfur will disturbs government held territories.Better to negotiate!

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  • 12 October 2012 09:11, by NO PEACE

    Sudan’s NCP rejects Kiir’s offer to facilitate negotiated agreement.

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  • 12 October 2012 09:15, by NO PEACE


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    • 12 October 2012 10:02, by Nibs

      No Peace,
      "Dr.Riek and dr.Lam",this is the funniest shit i have ever heard.you are beyond stupid,you are something else.

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  • 12 October 2012 09:52, by 4Justice

    Salva is one of the most weakest leader ever, nobody considers his overtures.

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  • 12 October 2012 10:13, by Foxtail

    Dear 4Justice,
    make use of your brain boy. you’re talking about the president.you want him to rule your mother individually or what are you’re saying/ if the president caan secure your land now that south sudan is a country,why do bark pussy.

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  • 12 October 2012 11:44, by Nubian King

    There’s one thing that the NCP idiots do not understand; "Nuba Mountains/B.Nile’s active participation in South-Khartoum war was not only to win South referendum but also to bring their marginalization issues into a mirror" If anyone doesn’t comprehend that, then the flame will go on til it reaches Khartoum.I know your rejection’s a short-lived and will fade as things flow.We’re strong and will b

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  • 12 October 2012 14:15, by Good Fox

    This is always with the NCP regime in the capital. they should have accept this offer because it is good for Sudan. for us they know who we are from the point we left it. it is very clear that this rebel group will either capture Kadugli or Khartuom in few days and will look the next libya.

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  • 12 October 2012 15:58, by sudinka

    If Sudan reject PRESIDENT KIIR than there is nothing signed in Addis Abba.this the beginning of all the Agreement.to be implemented

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    • 12 October 2012 16:12, by mohammed ali

      Sudanika, there nothing with SS to " mediate" between anybody. The agreement stipulate very clearly that SS should disarm, disengage and stop support with division 9 & 10 . That is what is signed and that what should be imlemented!Otherwise, as you said, there would be nothing signed!

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      • 13 October 2012 01:15, by James Maker Akok

        Mohammed Ali,
        You North Sudanese who supporting your criminal Government are think stupid, As everybody know no body can give his/her brothers, or sisters to their enemy. South Kordofan people, and Blue Nile people (All Nubians people) are our South Sudanese brothers/sisters as you know they suffering with us, and dead with us. That thing will never happen to give our brothers/sisters to enemy.

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      • 13 October 2012 05:47, by mogokafi

        How absurd are you Mohammed Ali? saying Kiir should disarm division 9 & 10. These Troops are native sons who have been fighting for decades in order to live in Sudan not as second class citizens. Division 9 & 10 are going to be the confederate troops in Blue Nile & Nuba Mts States believe it or not. This is not a joke, Kiir is running his beloved new country and has nothing to do with us in Sudan.

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