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Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Sudan to resume negotiations with rebel movement in Addis Ababa next week

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Khartoum (UNA-OIC) � The Sudanese government reiterated its keenness to participate in the next round of negotiations with the rebels of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), to be held in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on February 3-4.

Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid, Sudanese presidential assistant and head of government’s negotiating delegation, said in a press statement here on Sunday that the government is on the way to this round of talks and is more determined than ever to reach a declaration on cessation of hostilities and a comprehensive peace in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States (also known as the Two Areas).

Many rounds of peace negotiations were held in Addis Ababa between the delegations of the government and SPLM-N, under the supervision of African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), but failed to reach a peace deal regarding the Two Areas.

“The talks will start from where the last negotiation sessions ended,” Hamid said, pointing out that he is expecting this round to result in a deal between the government and the SPLM-N, led by Abdel-Aziz Al-Hilu.

The spokesman for the government negotiating delegation, Ambassador Hassan Hamid stated that the current atmosphere is more conducive for the resumption and completion of the negotiation process, referring to the decision of President Omar al-Bashir to declare a unilateral ceasefire in conflict zones.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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