The African union has announced the official commencement of a new round of negotiations between the Sudanese government and the rebels in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on November 18.
The AU communication officer in Khartoum, Mr Mahmoud Kan, told the press on Tuesday that official invitations had already been sent out to the Sudanese government and the heads of the armed movements.
The negotiations will be headed by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, who has been the AU chief mediator on Sudan since 2011.
According to Mr Kan, the talks will be two-tracked: the situation in Darfur on one track and the rebellions in South Kordofan and Blue Bile on the other.
Ceasefire arrangements to allow humanitarian access to the troubled regions will be among the issues discussed.
So far nine round of talks has failed to achieve any breakthrough between the Sudanese warring parties whether in the ten-year war in Darfur or the four-year other war in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
All parties have declared a unilateral ceasefire not too long ago however the Sudan People’s Liberation MovementNorth Sector (SPLMN) promptly decried “government violations”.
Last September, President Omar al-Bashir declared a two-month cessation of hostilities in September and offered to upgrade to a permanent ceasefire if rebels showed a desire for “genuine peace”.
The rebel umbrella Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) also declared a six-month cessation of hostilities and expressed readiness to negotiate the details of this truce with the government ahead of peace talks.
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW