Sudan warring parties fail to reach ceasefire agreement: UN

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UNAMID Peacekeepers provide protection to displaced women and children from Anka and Umm Rai, North Darfur. Photo: Priyanka Chowdhury/UNAMID

The UN chief has expressed disappointment that Sudan's warring parties failed to reach an agreement on a ceasefire in Darfur and two disputed states.

The South Kordofan and Blue Nile states also known as the "two areas" have been plagued by insecurity since South Sudan gained independence from its northern neighbour.

The last round of negotiations led by the African Union (AU) began on 9 August in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

In a statement released late on Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General called on all parties in Sudan to resume negotiations and refrain from any attempt to escalate the conflict in Darfur and the two areas.

Ban Ki-moon also asked the parties to abide by an AU-brokered roadmap for ending conflicts in the country signed by the Sudanese Government and opposition groups.

He called on the parties to maintain a "positive momentum" and urged them to continue working towards an agreement on a cessation of hostilities and a final political settlement through an inclusive national dialogue.

Mr Ban also asked that they reach a consensus on humanitarian access to conflict-affected areas.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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