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.