Sudanese government, key rebel group to resume new peace talks

first_imgSudan rebel group walks out of peace talks SOUTH Sudan’s Government Shuns Peace Talks Sudan’s rebel movement suspends peace talks with governmentcenter_img Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks at a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Mostafa Madbouly (not in the picture) in Khartoum, Sudan, on Aug. 15, 2020. Sudan and Egypt on Saturday reiterated importance of reaching a binding agreement regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) with commitment to negotiations to resolve the dispute. (Photo by Mohamed Khidir/Xinhua) Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks at a joint press conference in Khartoum, Sudan, on Aug. 15, 2020.  (Photo by Mohamed Khidir/Xinhua)Sudan’s transitional government and a key rebel group active in southern borderlands have agreed to hold new peace talks hosted by South Sudan, both sides said on Friday, days after Khartoum signaled a peace deal with other groups.The government agreed on the move with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North led by Abdelaziz al-Hilu, one of the groups that did not join a deal signed on Monday to end wars stemming from the rule of ousted strongman Omar al-Bashir.Hilu’s group has now agreed with the Khartoum government on the necessity to reach a complete political solution in Sudan and address the root causes of its conflicts, the office of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on its website.It said both sides had agreed to set up workshops for different issues but gave no timeframe or details.“We will continue negotiation under Juba mediation. So far, there’s no agreed date for the talks,” Aman Amum, the group’s chief negotiator, told Reuters.There was no immediate comment from South Sudan, which hosted the talks that led to Monday’s deal.Hilu’s group, one of the biggest rebel forces that control territory in southern borderlands, confirmed the deal.It operates in a region inhabited by minority Christians and followers of African beliefs, who complain of long discrimination under Bashir, who was ousted last year, and seek a secular democratic state for the Muslim-majority country.Sudan has been riven by conflicts for decades. After the oil-rich south seceded in 2011, an economic crisis fueled protests which led to Bashir’s overthrow.Three major groups signed Monday’s deal, including factions from Darfur where more than 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed and 2.5 million displaced since 2003.Sudan’s civilian and military leaders, who have shared power since then, say ending conflicts is a top priority to help bring democracy and peace to a country in crisis.Relatedlast_img

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