Title: Troika supports negotiations between Sudan’s government and the rebel SPLM-N
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 12-22-2014, 02:46 PM
December 22, 2014-Khartoum-SudaneseOnline-Troika countries (Britain, America, and Norway) announced their support for negotiations between Sudan’s government and the rebel Sudan’s People Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) on the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan States, expressing their hope that the parties will reach agreement to end the suffering of the people of the two areas in the future rounds.
In press statements after their meeting with Sudanese presidential assistant, Ibrahim Ghandour at Presidential Palace on Sunday, British Ambassador, Peter Tibber, said that the meeting presented enlightenment on the output of negotiations and the reasons led to failure of the previous round, adding Sudanese presidential assistant briefed them on the output of the previous round which was disappointing because of the intransigence of SPLM-N
The Africa Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) suspended the negotiations between Sudan’s government and the rebel Sudan People Liberation Movement- North (SPLM-N) on the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states, known as the Two Areas, to the next January after it failed to compromise between the visions of the two parties
The government focused on the need to declare a comprehensive ceasefire, but stressed that it should not only be for humanitarian purposes. Khartoum has further demanded that the tripartite initiative be used as a mechanism for the delivery of relief supplies.
The government also rejects engagement in a bilateral political partnership with the SPLM-N apart from the other political parties, as was previously agreed in the 28 June framework agreement with regard to the democratic transition process.
Khartoum argues that the national dialogue process, which aims to involve all political forces, should not be hampered by such a clause.
In an extraordinary meeting held from 31 March to 3 April, the SPLM-N leadership reiterated its rejection of partial solutions, saying they stood by their position that a comprehensive solution is the only option.