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JUBA - 5 Feb 2018

Sudan peace talks break without deal

Peace talks between Sudan's government and SPLA-N rebels led by Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu have adjourned without a ceasefire deal after negotiations in Ethiopia, a government official said.

Rebels in Blue Nile and the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, areas bordering South Sudan, have been fighting the Sudanese government since 2011.

The spokesman for the government delegation, Ambassador Hassan Hamid said that the joint statement issued by the two sides included the sustainability of the unilateral ceasefire announced by the government and rebels.

He pointed out that the two sides reaffirmed their commitment to continue negotiating for the sake of peace.

Hassan noted the negotiations between the government and the SPLM-N rebel group will seek to address the remaining issues and conclude the talks successfully.

The peace process is facilitated by the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP).