(Xinhua) -- The United States on
Friday urged the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern
sector to allow delivery of humanitarian assistance to Blue Nile
and South Kordofan areas, warning that food insecurity likely to
occur within next two months, Sudan Tribune reported.
"Given current predictions of emergency-level food insecurity
likely to occur within the next two months in SPLM-N controlled
areas, an agreement to allow humanitarian access to begin now is
critical to save lives," said Steven Koutsis, U.S Charge
d’Affaires in Khartoum, in an article published by Sudan Tribune
The U.S. charge d’Affaires urged the SPLM/ northern sector
"to remove political conditions preventing humanitarian
assistance from reaching populations in need and allow rapid
deployment of humanitarian aid to civilians in the areas it
"This would mean civilians in dire need would begin seeing
food and other humanitarian supplies arriving in their areas
very quickly," he noted.
The U.S. diplomat further expressed regret over failure of
the conflicting parties in South Kordofan and Blue Nile to reach
agreement on means to deliver aid to the needy there.
"Unfortunately, the parties have been unable to come to an
agreement on the method of delivery to provide humanitarian aid
in opposition held areas," said Koutsis, noting that "this
impasse is hurting the Sudanese people living in areas
controlled by the SPLM-N, as well as blocking all of Sudan from
moving forward with a peace and reconciliation plan sponsored by
the African Union."
He renewed the U.S. readiness to begin delivering medical
supplies and vaccinations to the people within SPLM-N controlled
areas of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
In November, the U.S. Administration under former President
Barack Obama offered an initiative in accordance with which the
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) would
transport medical and humanitarian assistance by air to the
affected areas in South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas after
undergoing inspection by the government of Sudan.
Earlier the Sudanese government declared its agreement on the
U.S. initiative, but the SPLM/northern sector rejected it.
During the peace talks between the two sides in Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia, in August 2016, the SPLM/northern sector demanded
transportation of 20 percent of the humanitarian assistance
through Ethiopia’s Asosa port, a demand rejected by Khartoum.
Sudan rebel movement
releases 130 government army prisoners
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
The rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/
northern sector on Saturday announced that it released 130
government army Prisoners of War (POWs).
"The SPLM Command, following consultations between the
Chairman, Deputy Chairman, the Secretary-General and the Chief
of Staff, has decided to release all the 130 POWs held by the
movement," said the SPLM/northern sector in a statement
"The movement command has made contacts with the Ugandan
President Yoweri Museveni and the International Committee of the
Red Cross (ICRC) to hand over the POWs," it added.
According to the statement, President Museveni has actively
contributed to making the necessary communications with Sudan
and South Sudan to enable the ICRC to transport the POWs to
Uganda through external crossings, and with the consent of all
The SPLM/northern sector further reiterated its respect of
the international humanitarian law and conventions relating to
prisoners of war.
The SPLM/northern sector has been fighting Khartoum’s central
government at Blue Nile and South Kordofan areas since 2011.
So far 10 rounds of peace talks have been held in Ethiopian
capital Addis Ababa between the Sudanese government and the SPLM/
northern sector, under the patronage of the African Union, but
all failed to end the conflict in the two areas.