Sudan, UN discuss ways to deliver humanitarian aid to Two Areas

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February 15, 2017 (KHARTOUM) -

Sudan’s presidential aide Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid and UN Resident and
Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Marta Ruedas on Wednesday have discussed
ways to enhance cooperation to deliver humanitarian assistance to the Two

South Kordofan and neighboring Blue Nile states, also known as the “Two
Areas” have been the scene of violent conflict between the SPLM-N and
Sudanese army since 2011.The African Union has been seeking to end the
conflict for several years.

However, last August, the two sides failed to sign a humanitarian cessation
of hostilities agreement because Khartoum refuses to allow the delivery of
food to civilians in some rebel-controlled areas in the Blue Nile State
directly through Asosa, an Ethiopian Town near the border with Sudan.

In a bid to break the deadlock in the peace talks between the Sudanese
government and SPLM-N, the former U.S. Special Envoy Donald Booth last
November proposed that the USAID will deliver medical humanitarian aid to
civilian in the rebel held areas by air directly after its inspection from
the government.

The SPLM-N declined the proposal insisting on the need to transport 20% of
the humanitarian aid directly from Asosa to the rebel areas.

Sudan’s official news agency SUNA on Wednesday quoted Ruedas as saying “the
meeting discussed the role that could be played by the UN to deliver the
humanitarian assistance to the Two Areas”.She added the meeting also
discussed how the two sides “could cooperate and coordinate to make use of
the lifting of U.S. sanctions on Sudan for the delivery of aid to the
affected areas”.

According to SUNA, Ruedas pointed that she would discuss the issue at the
U.N headquarters in New York during a short trip she will undertake soon.

It is noteworthy that Hamid on Tuesday reiterated Khartoum’s readiness to
implement the U.S. proposal to deliver assistance to the needy population
in the Two Areas.Also, SPLM-N leader Malik Agar on 6 February expressed
readiness to discuss the U.S. proposal, saying his movement rejected the
Sudanese government control of the humanitarian operation but didn’t
decline the proposal.


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