Susan Rice Condemns Sudan for Rejecting Talks with SPLM-North
March 13, 2013 (Sudan Radio Service)
The U.S Permanent Representative to the United Nations has condemned Sudan for rejecting talks with the SPLM-North as stipulated in UN resolution 2046.
Addressing a United Nations Security Council session on Sudan and South Sudan on Tuesday, Susan Rice said Sudan is proposing new conditions which contravene the resolution.
“Khartoum has twice refused to join the talks on cessation of hostilities and humanitarian access; they are putting up new conditions which are in direct contravention of the previous agreement,” Rice said.
She added that the Sudan government should return to negotiations with the SPLM-North and that it must cease hostilities and allow humanitarian access for the people of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
In response, Sudan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Dafallah Al-Haj Ali claimed that the SPLM-North is the party that is causing the humanitarian crisis in the two states.
“Talking about the dire situation in the two areas, it would be fair and just to speak about the party which is causing the deterioration of the situation in Southern Kordofan. It is the SPLM-N which has refused to reach any ceasefire with the government of Sudan last year.”
The Sudan government and the SPLM-North rebels were supposed to start talks in Addis Ababa on 5th March. However, Sudan declined to attend the talks on the grounds that it does not recognize the SPLM-North.
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