As the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector released 107 government military personnel, Khartoum responded by pardoning 259 rebels, which prompted a question on whether the transformation would lead to a peace deal between the two sides.

On the eve of receiving its war prisoners released by the SPLM/northern sector on Saturday, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir issued a decision to absolve 259 members of rebel groups, who were earlier sentenced to death or imprisonment, with the majority coming from the SPLM/northern sector.


Mohamed Hassan Saeed, a Sudanese political analyst, believed that there is too much water under the bridge in Khartoum’s relationship with the rebels of the SPLM/northern sector, which has been fighting the government in South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions.

“It is apparent that there are transformations taking place now that can result in unexpected results,” Saeed told Xinhua.

“The SPLM/northern sector would not initiate releasing of such a big number of government soldiers without receiving guarantees that it would receive a reward from the other party,” he added.

Saeed pointed to the role played by Uganda and South Sudan in facilitating the release of the Sudan’s war prisoners and their transport from the rebel areas in South Kordofan and Blue Nile to Uganda through South Sudan’s territories.

“This indicates a growing regional role which is really willing to end the conflict at South Kordofan and Blue Nile. This role is adopted by Uganda, South Sudan and other regional countries,” he noted.

Besides, Amer Abdalla, another Sudanese political analyst, stressed the international role contributing to ending the conflict in Sudan.

“It is clear that the United States is leading international endeavors to narrow the view points between Khartoum and the SPLM/northern sector rebels,” Abdalla said.

“Washington presented an initiative in November last year on delivery of humanitarian aid to the needy at the movement’s controlled areas,” he said.

“It is known that the humanitarian assistance issue was the main barrier that led to the failure of the recent rounds of peace talks between Khartoum and the SPLM/northern sector. If this issue is resolved, it would constitute a positive breakthrough,” the analyst explained.

In November, the U.S. administration under former President Barack Obama offered an initiative to airlift medical and humanitarian assistance to the affected areas in South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas after the Sudanese government carried out an inspection in the two areas.

The initiative, however, was later rejected by the SPLM/northern sector despite the nod given by Khartoum.

During the peace talks in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa in Aug. 2016, the SPLM/northern sector demanded transport of 20 percent of the humanitarian assistance through Ethiopia’s Asosa airport, which was rejected by Khartoum. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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