South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has been appointed to mediate peace talks between Khartoum and rebels in the Blue Nile, South Kordofan and Darfur conflict zones. Tut Kew, Kiir’s security advisor said on Monday that the president had agreed “to mediate between the Khartoum Government and the armed opposition in Sudan.”Successive rounds of peace talks between Khartoum and the rebels have ended without a deal. The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), which had been part of Kiir’s SPLM, launched an insurgency against Khartoum in the two states that same year. South Sudan achieved independence from Sudan in 2011, but the states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan – which both have large ethnic minority populations who fought alongside the south – were left north of the border.
Source: The North Africa Journal November 06, 2018 07:41 UTC