SUDANESE GOVT TO RESUME TALKS WITH REBEL GROUP IN JANUARY

The Sudanese government has Tuesday announced the resumption of negotiations with rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)/Northern sector regarding South Kordofan and Blue Nile States in January 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

"The negotiations with the SPLM/Northern sector will be resumed next January," the head of the Sudanese government negotiating delegation, Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid, said in a statement here Tuesday.

Hamid expected reaching a peace agreement, saying "we expect to reach a peace deal if the movement is serious".

He expressed hope that the SPLM/Northern sector would change its vision towards the negotiation process and be serious, noting that "the citizens are fed up with war, and the armed movements will not find anyone to support them, therefore, they should side with peace".

More than 10 rounds of peace talks have been held in the Ethiopian capital between the Sudanese government and the SPLM/Northern sector under the patronage of the African Union, but have failed to reach a peace deal regarding South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas.

The SPLM/Northern sector has recently been suffering from internal divisions which resulted in the removal of the movement's chairman, Malik Agar, and appointment of his former deputy, Abdel Aziz al-Hilu, in his place last July.

The movement has been fighting the Sudanese in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States since 2011

Source: NAM News Network

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