‘SPLM-N will never agree to separate peace talks’
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) has denied rumours that its leader, Malik Agar, will separately meet with two parliamentary delegations representing Blue Nile state and South Kordofan.
Mubarak Ardol, spokesman for the rebel movement that has been fighting government forces in the two states since 2011, told Radio Dabanga that the case of the Two Areas (South Kordofan and the Blue Nile) cannot be separated, also not from the general crisis in the country.
He repeated the SPLM-N’s stance that a comprehensive solution is to be found for all the problems in the country, not partial ones.
“The issue of the Two Areas will only be resolved when Sudan is rebuilt on democratic principles and equal citizenship, without any racial or other forms of discrimination. There will be no sustainable peace in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile, if the governance problem in Khartoum is not solved first,” he stressed.
Newspapers in Khartoum last week cited MP Yahya Saleh who said that Agar agreed to meet a delegation of Blue Nile parliamentarians to discuss a solution for the civil war in the state, and that he had requested South Kordofan representatives to discuss the fighting in the Nuba Mountains.
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