KHARTOUM, — Delegations from the Khartoum government, and armed groups from Darfur and southern Sudan began separate African Union-brokered peace negotiations in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, on Tuesday.

“We have agreed with the African mediator to start the direct negotiations tomorrow Wednesday, and that the round begins from where the last round ended,” Hussain Hamad, spokesman of the government delegation, was quoted by the local media in Khartoum as saying.

He said they also agreed to set a timetable for the negotiations and a specific roadmap to stop hostilities and establish a ceasefire, in addition to humanitarian aid.

The armed groups were from Darfur, western Sudan, and the border States of Blue Nile and South Kurdufan.

The Popular Movement said in a statement it began the negotiation session over the cessation of hostilities and humanitarian issues.

This is the 13th session between the Sudanese government and armed groups in Sudan.

The African Union tabled a roadmap that was signed by the armed groups yesterday. The roadmap paved the way for an end of the war, and participation of opposition in the national dialogue that was proposed by Sudanese President Omar Bashir.

The Sudanese government has been battling the rebels of Darfur since 2003, while the conflict with the Popular Movement broke out in 2011.

Source: Name News Network