UN Security Council calls for direct talks to end conflict in Sudan

UN Security Council calls for direct talks to end conflict in Sudan
# 24 August 2013 01:12 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The UN Security Council on Friday urged the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector to cease hostilities and hold direct talks to end the conflict in the southern part of the African country, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

In a presidential statement adopted at a meeting on Sudan, the Council called on all parties to "refrain from any acts of violence against civilians, to expedite safe and unhindered humanitarian access for the timely and full delivery of humanitarian aid to all civilians in urgent need of assistance," and to "fully respect international human rights law and international humanitarian law."

"In this regard, it (the Council) emphasizes that those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of international human rights law must be held accountable," the statement said.

The South Kordofan and Blue Nile states of Sudan have been witnessing armed clashes between the Sudanese army and the SPLM/ northern sector since 2011, when South Sudan won its independence from Sudan under a peace deal.

In late April, the rebel alliance, which brought together the SPLM/northern sector, Darfur's Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), the Sudan Liberation Army's Abdul-Wahid Mohamed Nur faction and the Minni Minawi faction, attacked the Um Rawaba and Abu Karshula areas in the North and South Kordofan states.

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