29 January 2013

Sudan: SPLM-N Is Ready for Humanitarian Talks With Sudan - Agar

Khartoum — Malik Agar, leader of the Sudan people's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) announced his group's readiness to negotiate a humanitarian agreement allowing access to the civilians in the rebel held areas, stressing such deal will create a conducive environment for comprehensive political talks.

The rebel group which fights the government army in South Kordofan and Blue Nile has already announced its willingness to sign a cessation of hostilities agreement with Khartoum aiming to facilitate the distribution of humanitarian assistance in the rebel held zones in the two states.

In press statements from Addis Ababa on Tuesday, Agar said they arrived to the Ethiopian capital at the request of the African Union chief mediator, Thabo Mbeki, to discuss the implementation of UN resolution 2046 which provides to hold talks on humanitarian access and political settlement based on the framework agreement of 28 June 2011.

The African Union Peace and Security Council, in a meeting held on 25 January, demanded the chief mediator to call Khartoum and SPLM-N to engage before 15 February direct talks "towards a political resolution of the conflict".

"We in the SPLM North are ready yesterday, today and tomorrow to sit down with Khartoum to discuss ways to channel food for the displaced," he said.

Further he announced the Movement's readiness to cease hostilities to allow delivery of humanitarian assistance to the needy, stressing that this creates conducive environment for negotiations aiming to resolve the "Sudanese problem".

The leader of the rebel alliance Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) called for a just and comprehensive solution. He reaffirmed that he does not believe in partial solutions for the Sudanese issue, assuring that "Partial solutions hurt Sudan".

He also called to unify the different forums for mediation in Doha and Addis Ababa, and to include the opposition forces in the talks with the ruling National Congress Party.

The rebel groups and opposition forces signed earlier this month an agreement aiming to overthrow the regime by political and military means.

The New Dawn Charter aims also to establish a democratic and secular state in Sudan, but some opposition parties demand further discussions.

Speaking about the charter they signed on 5 January in Kampala he said "We are seeking seriously to unify the Sudanese opposition not only of the war, but to find appropriate solutions for Sudan's problems".

He also welcomed any other propositions aiming to bring a comprehensive solution to the Sudanese crises underlining that the New Dawn can be reviewed and improved

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