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East Africa: Peace Talks Between Sudan and South Sudan End Without Results

Photo: UN Photo/Stuart Price
Abyei town, one of the disputed regions (file photo).

Addis Ababa — The peace negotiations in Addis Ababa between Sudan and South Sudan have ended without reaching an agreement.

The negotiators of Sudan have announced to return to Khartoum on Thursday for further consultations, the spokesman of the delegation Idriss Mohamed Abdelgadir announced tonight (Wednesday).

The peace negotiations in Addis Ababa between Sudan and South Sudan have ended without reaching an agreement. The negotiators of Sudan have announced to return to Khartoum on Thursday for further consultations, the spokesman of the delegation Idriss Mohamed Abdelgadir announced tonight (Wednesday). He did not provide the reason for the sudden return of his delegation.

It is assumed that the peace negotiators might have prepared a draft proposal for a peace agreement, but the delegations couldn't decide on the way forward. Idris Mohamed Abdelgadir said that his delegation is going back for consultations with the presidency in Khartoum. The negotiations are brokered by the African Union, but its spokesman said it would only provide comments until tomorrow (Thursday).

The negotiations are led by the High Implementation Panel and are backed by the UN Security Council. There was neither any comment from the South Sudan delegation headed by Pagan Amum.

Peace talks between Sudan and South Sudan are about Sudan's withdrawal from the disputed Abyei region. the alleged support by South Sudan for rebels in Sudan (Nuba Mountains and Southern Blue Nile), monitoring of a ceasefire agreement and resolution of the main dispute about the fee for transportation of oil from South Sudan through Sudan.

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