Opposition parties band together on Blue Nile and South Kordofan crisis

South Sudan
September 8, 2011 (Miraya FM)

Opposition parties in Sudan have launched an initiative to find solutions to the current crisis in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas.

Conflict has been raging for many weeks between the Sudan Armed Forces and the Sudan People's Liberation Army-North. Hundreds have been injured and many thousands displaced by the fighting. This week Sudan's president Omer Hassan al-Bashir declared a state of emergency and removed the SPLM-N governor, Malik Agar.

"The initiative calls for an immediate ceasefire and lifting of the state of emergency in the Blue Nile State," said Abul Munzir Abdel Baghi, a leading opposition figure, in a press conference in Khartoum on Wednesday.

Baghi said the parties want a fact-finding committee formed to investigate incidents that could have triggered the violence.

He said participation in the initiative is open to all political parties, including the National Congress Party and the SPLM-North.


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