Security Council welcomes resumption of Sudan negotiationsListen /
The Security Council has welcomed the resumption of negotiations between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement–North (SPLM-N) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The talks are being brokered by the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).
Established in 2009, the Panel is led by three former presidents, namely Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar of Nigeria and Pierre Buyoya of Burundi.
The aim of the negotiations is to reach a peaceful resolution to the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States of Sudan.
The two states have been plagued by ongoing clashes between the Sudanese army and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement–North (SPLM-N).
The members of the Security Council reiterated their calls upon both parties to cease hostilities, engage in direct and constructive talks without conditions.
Meanwhile, the Council expressed "grave concern" over the highly volatile situation in the oil-rich Abyei, an area contested by South Sudan and Sudan.
Members of the Council also demanded that South Sudan and Sudan immediately withdraw their forces out of the area.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.