6 October 2012

Sudan Urges International Action Over 'Threats' Posed By SPLM-N Rebels

Photo: Tim McKulka/ UN Photo
Leaders of Sudan rebel groups (file photo).

Khartoum — Sudan has urged United Nations Security Council to act against the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement - North (SPLM-N) accusing them of threatening to hamper the implementing of security arrangements signed with South Sudan.

Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations, discussed the issue with the presides of UN Security Council for October, Ambassador Gert Rosenthal of Guatemala.

The official SUNA which reported the meeting on Saturday, said Sudan sent a message to the Security Council urging to issue a presidential or a press statement demanding the rebel SPLM-N to refrain from "any hostile acts that may hinder implementation of the agreements reached with South Sudan".

Yasir Arman, SPLM-N secretary general demanded in a statement released on 28 September, to include his group in the operationalistion of the buffer zone stressing that his group "controls more than 40% of the Sudan international border with South Sudan in Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains".

Khartoum refuses to negotiate with the SPLM-N over the Two Areas saying Juba has to cut first its ties with the former members of its army, the SPLA, which is now the regular army of the independent state.

SPLM-N and its allies of Darfur rebel groups refuse to hold talks with Khartoum on their respective issues saying only a regime change in the country can allow to settle their disputes with the government.

Ambassador Rosenthal, during the meeting, underlined that the two Sudanese parties have to implement the resolution 2046 which demands them to engage peaceful talks on the issue of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, and to cooperate with the African Union mediation.

Arman in his comments on the agreements inked by Khartoum and Juba, said his group is ready to sign a ceasefire with the government but linked the negotiations on the cessation of hostilities with the implementation of a humanitarian plan aiming to deliver food to the civilians in the SPLM-N areas.

In comments he made following a UN Security Council consultations meetings on Thursday 4 October, Ambassador Daffa-Alla renewed Sudan's commitment to the tripartite initiative but attributed the delay in the implementation to the international and regional partners.

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