Sudan, SPLM-N peace talks adjourned until next month

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Addis Ababa, 22 February 2014 (WIC) - The African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) chair, Thabo Mbeki, announced on Tuesday (February 18) that talks between Sudan’s Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N), over the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states have been suspended for ten days.

Mr. Mbeki said the adjournment would allow delegates time to consult with their principals on proposals put forward by the AUHIP.

Mr. Mbeki gave no details on AUHIP’s proposals but they are likely to be based on the UN Security Council resolution 2046 of last year referring to security, political, and humanitarian issues in the two areas.

The negotiations had been stalled over the Government insistence that the objective of the talks should be settlement of the conflict in the two areas while the SPLM-N delegation called for a wider approach to resolve Sudan’s problems.

The two sides issued statements accusing each other’s approach. The government delegation said the SPLM-N showed “no concern for the feelings, hopes and aspirations" of the people of South Kordofan, Blue Nile and the entire country and said any future discussions should focus on the two areas only.

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SPLM-N accused the government of refusing to allow access to the two areas for delivery of humanitarian assistance and said it only wanted a partial solution while the SPLM-N aimed to achieve comprehensive solution for all Sudan and to organize a constitutional conference.