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JUBA - 15 May 2013

Sudanese opposition coalition meets Pagan to discuss ongoing conflicts

The leader of the Sudan’ National Umma party and member of National Consensus Forces, a Sudanese opposition coalition, Abdel-Jalil al-Basha, disclosed to Radio Tamazuj that the coalition met yesterday with SPLM Secretary-General, Pagan Amum Ukec.

Al-Basha noted that the meeting focused on concerns over Abyei as well as conflicts raging in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states before adding that the normalization of relations with South Sudan will not be achieved without a comprehensive solution to problems in Sudan.

Speaking to the journalists at the SPLM Secretariat in Juba, al-Basha claimed that the group reassured all South Sudanese officials that these conflicts cannot be resolved if the SPLM-N are excluded from the peace process.

He further expressed his gratitude and appreciation for South Sudan’s warm welcome and promised that relations between their two nations will not be severed easily.

“For sure the meeting discussed all issues to do with relationship between South Sudan and Sudan, especially issue of South Kordofan and Abyei. We consider these issues not to be resolved separately without all people participating, which is not applied now. In fact we are obligated to bring comprehensive change in order for the Sudanese people to participate in resolving these issues. We confirmed several times that issue of Nuba Mountain or South Kordofan will cannot be solve without considering SPLM-N suggestions. So we believe that a comprehensive solution is the safe way for building a good relationship between the two nations,” Al-Basha acknowledged.

File photo: Pagan Amum Ukec (