Sudan: Government says 'ready for talks' with Sudanese rebels

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has assured African Union's Chief Mediator, Thabo Mbeki, its readiness for resumption of negotiation with the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) and rebel movements in the restive Darfur Region in order to attain peace in South Kordufan and Blue Nile as well as in Darfur.

Presidential Assistant Ibrahim Mahmoud and Head of Darfur Peace Office Amin Hassan Omar on Tuesday met with Mbeki, who chairs the African Union High-level Implementation Panel, as he started another peacemaking visit to the Sudan.

Following the meeting, Mahmoud told reporters that they communicated to Mbeki the government's renewed commitment to reaching peace in the two areas and Darfur region and that it would leave the door open to the rebel movements to join the peace process and the national dialogue.

In demonstration of its desire for peace, Mahmoud underlined that the government has declared a ceasefire which he expected the rebels would observe.

He indicated Khartoum's concern over repeated attacks on farmers and pastoralists but he did not explicitly accuse the rebels of committing those attacks.

Dozens of rounds of negotiations between Khartoum and the rebels under the auspices of the AU have so far failed to end the conflict in the two regions, southwestern Sudan and southeastern Sudan.

-0- PANA MO/AR 20Dec2016

20 décembre 2016 17:22:57

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