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JUBA - 20 Nov 2019

Resumption of Sudan peace talks delayed

File photo: Presidential adviser on security affairs Tut Gatluak
File photo: Presidential adviser on security affairs Tut Gatluak

The mediation team has decided to delay the resumption of peace talks between Sudan government and rebel groups in Juba.

The talks, aimed at ending conflicts in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan areas, started in South Sudan in September.

Speaking to reporters in Juba on Tuesday, the South Sudanese Presidential Adviser Tut Gatluak who is the chief mediator said peace negotiations initially scheduled for November 21, have been postponed to December 10 because various rebel groups will be attending workshops organized by the African Union (AU).

“We had proposed November 21 as the day for the second round of Sudan’s peace talks, but we have instead agreed to extend the talks until December 10,” Gatluak explained.

He said Juba still remains the venue for the talks.

“Opposition groups have workshops in different areas. Some of them have workshops in Addis Ababa,” he added.

Fighting between the Sudanese army and rebels in the Kordofan and Blue Nile regions broke out in 2011, and conflict in Darfur began in 2003.

The armed opposition groups who are part of the peace talks include the Sudanese Revolutionary Front and the SPLM-N faction led by Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu.

These groups had fought against former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and are now seeking to be included in the new transitional government in Khartoum.