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Sudanese gov't excludes participation of SPLM/northern sector in Addis Ababa talks
Xinhua | June 05, 2012 18:38
By Agencies
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Sudanese government has excluded participation of delegation of Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector in the current negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan on outstanding issues in Addis Ababa, Khartoum's Al-Ray Al Am daily reported Tuesday.

The paper said the Sudanese government has not excluded that the SPLM/northern sector delegation came in response to an invitation by the African Union to hear the mediator's vision in dealing with the movement in light of the UN Security Council ( UNSC) resolution concerning Sudan and South Sudan.

The paper quoted Badr-Eddin Ibrahim, Secretary of Information and Political Mobilization of the ruling National Congress Party, as saying that "arrival of the delegation of the SPLM/northern sector to the negotiation site in Addis Ababa does not concern Sudan's delegation in anything," denying that the SPLM delegation was part of the negotiations.

"Leaders of SPLM/northern sector (Malik) Aqar and (Yassir) Arman will not be part of the negotiations," he said, but noted that their presence at the negotiation site under this circumstance was logical and normal.

He further noted that the African mediation committee could have invited the SPLM/northern sector leaders to the negotiation site and discussed with them the security issues at Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

Ibrahim excluded possibility of involving a third party in the negotiations, reiterating that the negotiations are between Sudan and South Sudan only and involvement of any third party was illogical.

Last Sunday, a delegation of the SPLM/northern sector, led by Aqar and Arman, arrived in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in a sudden move and immediately embarked on meetings with the African mediation which patronizes the negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan.

The UNSC has earlier asked Sudan government and the SPLM/ northern sector to work together with the African Union and the African mediation to reach a settlement for the issue of security arrangements at South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

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