Sudan ruler orders nationwide ceasefire amid difficult peace talks

KHARTOUM, President of Sudan’s Sovereign Council (SSC) Gen. Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan decreed Wednesday cessation of hostilities against rebel groups countrywide in order to facilitate the peace talks being hosted by South Sudan.

A new round of the talks was scheduled to start in Juba earlier today but leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) Abdelaziz Al-Hilu decided to suspend the talks in protest against the attacks by the regular troops on the group’s positions in South Kordofan.

The SPLM-N accused the government troops, in a statement this morning, of breaching the previous agreement on cessation of hostilities and detaining 13 citizens yesterday.

It vowed not to resume the negotiation unless the Sudanese government issue a credible declaration of ceasefire, release all detainees and pull out from all positions recently held by the regular troops. The statement prompted the mediators to announce a 24-hour moratorium on the talks.

Head of the government delegation Gen. Mohammad Hamadan Dagalo – a member of the SSC, regretted the incidents in South Kordofan that led to the suspension of the talks.

The SPLM-N delegation, led by Malik Agar, arrived in Juba earlier this month while the government delegation arrived on Sunday, just one day ahead of the official start of the talks.

Gen. Al-Burhan attended the opening session alongside with Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as well as other African leaders.

Source: Kuwait News Agency