SPLM-N calls on UN agencies to suspend aid delivery deal Sudanese factions strike deal

SPLM-N calls on UN agencies to suspend aid delivery deal Sudanese factions strike deal

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), headed by Abdel Aziz Al Hilu, appealed to UN agencies to halt the humanitarian collaboration plan with the Sudanese government for aid delivery until a consensus is reached to end the war.

 Gatiga Amouja, the spokesperson for SPLM-N, told the South Sudanese online media that the UN relief agencies should only respond to Port Sudan’s plan to deliver aid once there is a ceasefire deal.

 “It is imperative to alert the relevant UN relief agencies not to respond to the plans of the Port Sudan government, which aim to mislead organisations into believing it can deliver aid without an agreement with all warring parties,” Amouja said.

Amouja dismissed the statement by the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs implying the army has the ability to airdrop aid, terming it “deceptive tactic.”

On Tuesday, the Khartoum administration announced that the military aircraft had dropped 20 tonnes of medical supplies in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state.

 The statement further noted that, “the airdrop demonstrates the existence of alternative methods for aid delivery.”

But Amouja claimed that the army was supplying El Fasher with ammunition and military equipment, adding that the city’s population in Darfur had fled due to a lack of food and medicine.

“The army’s claims of dropping medicine are a rue by the Port Sudan government to seize humanitarian aid and divert it for military use,” he added.

Last month, the Sudanese government and members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) held consultative talks in Juba to sign an agreement for the distribution of humanitarian supplies in the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountain regions.

Speaking during the consultative meeting held by by mediation committee headed by Tut Gatluak, the Secretary General of the SPLM-North, Ammar Ammon, acknowledged the devastation caused by the conflict in Sudan, placing the entire population in dire humanitarian need.

Ammon, who was speaking as head of the delegation for the SPLM-N, highlighted the urgent need for humanitarian aid for the Sudanese people in the Nuba Mountains region, Funji province, and the states of Darfur, Kordofan, Al Jazira, and Khartoum.

Last month, according to the mediation committee, the consultative talks held in Juba were meant for the signing of the aid access deal after the two leaders, Shams Al-Din Kabbashi of the Sudanese government and General Abdel Aziz Alhilu of the SPLM-N, had a verbal agreement on humanitarian access to the war-torn regions.

However, the reports run by some sections of the media claimed that negotiations had stagnated, with both sides blaming the other for constraining the deal.

“The SPLM-N Insists on a nationwide aid distribution plan and the Sudanese army claims that the talks have stalled due to the SPLM-N’s insistence on involving the Rapid support forces in Humanitarian arrangements,” a report alleged.