SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- The Sudanese government and rebels fighting in the war-torn states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan have suspended their peace talks.
Thabo Mbeki, the African Union’s chief mediator and former South African president, said on Tuesday that the week-long peace talks adjourned late last evening.
Mbeki added that the negotiating parties had shown “great seriousness” during the talks which were held in Ethiopia.
“We are really not too far from concluding the kind of peace agreements that the country needs,” said Mbeki, adding, “We are very positive for the future of the negotiations.”
Leaders from both sides spoke positively after the talks, with Sudan’s delegation leader Ibrahim Ghandour saying, “We have moved ahead towards what we hope is concluding the peace.”
Yasir Arman, the delegation leader of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North echoed the same opinion, saying, “We are committed… to make things happen in Sudan, and we believe we are on the right track.”
No date has been set for the next round of talks yet. Previous rounds of negotiations have all failed, with continuation of fighting in the two volatile states.
Violence broke out shortly before South Sudan split from Sudan in 2011. The non-Arab armed groups are fighting over what they call neglect and discrimination by the Arab-dominated government.
More than one million people in both states have been affected by the violence.