JUBA (HAN) November 26, 2015 – Public Diplomacy and Regional Stability Initiatives News. The Head of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), Thabo Mbeki, on Tuesday (November 24) suspended talks between the Sudanese government and rebel delegations on a cessation of hostilities and humanitarian access.
Mr. Mbeki said the decision to suspend the two tracks was taken by the African Union at the request of the negotiating delegations for more consultations. He expressed hopes that the current round has allowed to lay down bases for the resumption of talks next time on the outstanding issues. At a press conference.
Mr. Mbeki said the negotiators had made significant progress on many of the issues under discussion and participants were able to identify the points of disagreement and consensus. He said that the preparatory meeting for the National Dialogue Conference was scheduled for December 7 and the dialogue committee (7+7) and the Sudanese parties would participate.
In the meantime, the AUHIP mediation would continue with the warring parties to set a new date for the resumption of the two-track negotiations. Sudanese government delegations say they are ready for a permanent ceasefire agreement in the Two Areas and Darfur; the rebel groups demand a cessation of hostilities to allow humanitarian access to the war affected areas.
On the humanitarian access in the Two Areas, The Government wants the humanitarian assistance be delivered from the Sudanese territory to the Two Areas; the SPLM-N says it should be brought directly from Ethiopia and South Sudan. The Government says the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur should remain the framework for any negotiated agreement; rebel groups want a new political process.
For the Two Areas, the Government delegation wants to resume discussions on a draft framework agreement over Blue Nile and South Kordofan; the SPLM-N says national issues should be the priority and the demands of the two states should be settled within the dialogue conference. MFA
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