24 April 2013

Ethiopia: Sudan Govt and SPLM-N Talks in Addis Ababa

Talks started on Tuesday (April 23.4.2013) in Addis Ababa between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) on the situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states under the auspices of the African Union's High Level Implementation Panel, chaired by former South African President, Thabo Mbeki.

The head of the Sudanese government delegation, Ibrahim Ghandour, told reporters in Khartoum before leaving for Addis Ababa that negotiations will be confined to issues concerning the two states. Last month, Sudan's defense minister, Abdel-Rahim Mohammed Hussein, noted that the Sudan government was "ready to negotiate with the SPLM-N" on the basis of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

The Secretary-General of the SPLM-N, Yasir Arman, is heading its negotiation team. The SPLM-N has said previously that it was ready to hold talks on a cessation of hostilities agreement and the humanitarian situation in the two states.

Copyright © 2013 Government of Ethiopia. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.