Sudan, SPLM-N set to resume talks in Addis
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
ADDIS ABABA – Peace talks between the Sudanese government and the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) are expected to resume later on Tuesday in the Ethiopian capital.
An Anadolu Agency reporter saw delegates from both camps preparing for negotiations at Addis Ababa's Radisson Blu Hotel.
The talks, aimed at bringing peace to Sudan's restive Blue Nile and South Kordofan states, hit a snag last month, prompting the African Union – which has been mediating negotiations – to warn both sides that it would refer the issue to the UN Security Council if they failed to reach an agreement before April 30.
The SPLM-N wants the agenda of talks to cover more than just the two states – a demand the government appears to reject.
SPLM-N delegation spokesman Mubarak Abdul Rahman Erdol said his delegation had come to Addis Ababa with a view to reaching a negotiated settlement with the government.
Since 2011, the SPLM-N has waged an active insurgency against the Khartoum government in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.
Outlawed by Khartoum, the movement consists mainly of fighters who sided with South Sudan during the civil war, which ended with a 2005 peace treaty that opened the door to South Sudan's secession from Sudan six years later.
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