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SPLM-N El Hilu: ‘Agar faction does not control any territory in Sudan’

March 25 - 2020 JUBA
A Sudanese T72 tank knocked out by SPLM-N combatants in South Kordofan in January 2014 (SPLM-N)
A Sudanese T72 tank knocked out by SPLM-N combatants in South Kordofan in January 2014 (SPLM-N)

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North split-off faction led by Abdelaziz El Hilu said that the SPLM-N faction under the leadership of Malik Agar does not control any territory in South Kordofan or Blue Nile state.

The spokesman for the SPLM-N El Hilu negotiation delegation at the peace talks in Juba, Kuku Jagdoul, said in a statement that the SPLM-N Agar is present only in South Sudan and in areas controlled by the Sudanese government.

He claimed that the humanitarian file agreement signed with the SPLM-N Agar is currently being implemented in El Goz (El Nila, El Nabaga, Karkoura, Manago, and Sinjakiya) and in El Midir in Maban in South Sudan. “There was no war there and the mediation knows that”, Jagdoul added.

He noted that the Sudanese army is present in Kadugli and Abu Jubeiha in South Kordofan. Rapid Support Forces militiamen are deployed in the area of El Goz Dalma and Hafir Tilab in Funj in Blue Nile state. Jagdoul stated that this undermines the credibility of the Juba peace process. He questions the Sudanese government's intentions and desire to achieve peace in Sudan.

The spokesman stressed that the SPLM-N El Hilu negotiating delegation so far has not left the Juba peace talks and therefore does not need to return to the negotiating table.

Abdelaziz El Hilu was deputy chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, led by Malik Agar, when he resigned in March 2017, and continued with most of the SPLM-N combatants. The two factions fought heavy battles after that.


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