June 4, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government and its ruling National Congress Party (NCP) raced on Monday to disassociate their ongoing negotiations with South Sudan in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa from the unexpected arrival of two leaders of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N)
Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) north’s secretary general Yasir Arman speaks during a joint news conference with Malik Agar, head of the northern branch of SPLM, in Khartoum, July 3, 2011, ab
SPLM-N’s Chairman Malik Aggar secretary-general Yasir Arman arrived in Addis Ababa on Sunday and held a meeting with the African Union’s (AU) Mediation team which is facilitating talks between Sudan and South Sudan.
The two rebel leaders refrained from giving statements to the media and only said that they were invited by the AU to discuss their group’s position on the roadmap that the AU produced last month to contain tension between the two neighbors and return them to negotiations.
Informed sources however told Sudan Tribune that the meeting tackled mainly the position of the rebel group which demands a comprehensive process and the access of international aid groups to their controlled areas in Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile states.
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