AU SAYS SUDAN GOVT, REBEL GROUPS TO HOLD PEACE TALKS IN ADDIS AUG 8

ADDIS ABABA, — The African Union (AU) has announced that peace talks between the Sudanese government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector, the Darfur armed groups and opposition alliance will resume in Addis Ababa on Monday, Aug 8.

According to a Xinhua News Agency report, the Chairman of the AU Liaison Office in Khartoum, Mahmoud Kan, said that “the Ethiopian capital will witness next week meetings of the AU mediation with the opposition Sudan Call (an alliance bringing together Sudanese armed groups and opposition parties) to be followed by resumption of negotiations between the government and the armed movements on Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions”.

The meeting will begin on Aug 8 and last Aug 11, it was indicated.

The first meeting would be held on Aug 8 with the opposition to adopt a road-map agreement, to be followed by the resumption of talks on cessation of hostilities and delivery of humanitarian assistance directly after the signing of the road-map as of Aug 9 until Aug 11.

Last March, the AU High-Level Implementation Panel (AU-HIP) on Sudan proposed a road-map agreement for the Sudanese rivals, stipulating arrangements related to a ceasefire in the South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur regions, entering a peace process and involving the armed movements in the national dialogue currently convened in Khartoum.

The Sudanese government has unilaterally signed the road-map agreement, while the SPLM/Northern Sector, the Darfur rebel movements and the opposition alliance refused to sign the deal.

The AU has been sponsoring the negotiations between the Sudanese government and the SPLM/Northern Sector to reach a settlement for the conflict in those two areas, but the two sides failed to achieve any progress in the last rounds of talks.

Source: Name News Network