World Bulletin / News Desk
The African Union Peace and Security Council on Monday urged the Sudanese government and the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) to reach a peace deal by next month.
In a statement issued following a closed-door meeting, the council underlined "the urgency of stopping the war and giving a chance to peaceful dialogue to resolve the deep-rooted problems of Sudan."
Last week, the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) announced the suspension of talks between Khartoum and the SPLM-N.
The stalemate, it said, had come after the SPLM-N made a proposal fundamentally different from that tabled by the panel, which, the panel asserted, "rendered an agreement unattainable."
The council endorsed the AUHIP's proposed agreement framework as the basis for negotiations.
"It considers it a fair and workable proposal to resolve the conflict, addressing all pertinent issues, including humanitarian, political and security matters, as well the national inclusive and holistic dialogue, as the basis for negotiating a peaceful resolution," it said.
The SPLM-N delegation did not attend Monday's meeting.
Outlawed by Khartoum, the SPLM-N has been waging an active insurgency against the Sudanese government in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states since 2011.
The movement consists of fighters who sided with South Sudan during the civil war, which ended with a 2005 peace treaty that opened the door to South Sudan's independence in 2011.Last Mod: 11 Mart 2014, 10:07