By: Aisha Braima
KHARTOUM (SUDANOW) - The Sudanese government has rejected the SPLM-North demand for transportation of humanitarian assistance to the Blue Nile and South Kordofan areas via South Sudan.
Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid, presidential assistant and lead negotiator with the rebel groups during the talks held in Addis Ababa this week, told a press conference in Khartoum on Wednesday that this rebel demand was evident they wanted to use the relief only to replenish their supplies and rearrange their ranks. The government has agreed to transport the relief to the two areas according to the 2012 tripartite agreement with the United Nations but the SPLM-North failed to implement the agreement, Hamid said. The rebels are responsible for the citizens suffering and the renewal of war in the two areas, he added.
Sponsored by the African Union High level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, the five-day negotiations failed after each side held to their position over how to take relief supplies to cornered civilians in Blue Nile and South Kordufan.
Dr Amin Hassan Omar, head of Darfur track within the Addis Ababa talks, told the same press conference that Darfur armed movements demanded a cessation of hostilities without explaining the exact areas in which their forces were deployed considering such stance as illogical. He renewed the government adherence to Doha Peace Agreement in Darfur while the rebels wanted to abrogate it all together.
The negotiations were suspended Tuesday. Mbeki said the suspension is aimed to give the two sides time to consult with principals, further ponder on points of disagreement, and continue consultation with his panel, before they are invited once again to resume from where they left. He did not however say when the two sides will resume the talks.
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