KHARTOUM, Sept. 12 — Sudanese government on Sunday said it was ready to resume negotiations with rebels of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector on South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas, Sudan’s Ashorooq net reported.
“The government delegation is ready and authorized to resume the negotiations with the SPLM/northern sector according to the axes set by the African mediation,” Abdul-Rahman Abu-Median, member of the government’s negotiation delegation, was quoted as saying. “We are committed to the framework agreements signed with the SPLM/northern sector and ready to resume the talks based on the negotiations’ references,” he noted. Last August, the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), which is supervising the negotiations between the Sudanese government and the rebels of the SPLM/northern sector, started consultations to resume the negotiations between the two sides.
The SPLM/northern sector has recently been suffering from internal divisions which, last July, resulted in the removal of the movement’s Chairman Malik Agar and appointment of his former deputy Abdel Aziz al-Hilu in his place. The SPLM/northern sector has been fighting Khartoum government at South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas since 2011. More than ten rounds of peace talks have been held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa between the Sudanese government and the SPLM/northern sector, but have failed to reach a peace deal regarding South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas. – XINHUA