Sudanese army, SPLM- North begin ceasefire talks

Sudanese army, SPLM- North begin ceasefire talks

The Sudanese army and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, led by Abdulaziz al-Hilu, started a ceasefire negotiation on Monday in South Kordofan.

The negotiations stipulate a ceasefire for a period of six months. The meeting was held last Saturday in the “Daluka” area, south of Kadugli, between forces of the “Al-Hilu” and an army faction led by Brig. Gen. Kafi Tayyar.

According to Ultra Sudan News, the agreement discussed state security and military intelligence security investigations, and the memorandum was handed over to the army.

The army is expected to approve the agreement that would lead to the release of prisoners of war and withdrawal from the new sites that the SPLM has entered.

On the other side, the “Al-Hilu” forces are demanding the opening of social media markets in their old form before the war.

In mid-August, the city of Kadugli in South Kordofan was attacked by the Popular Movement’s Abdulaziz al-Hilu’s wing, which led to the killing of at least seven people, including a policeman and three soldiers, according to Ultra Sudan.

On July 17, clashes renewed between the Sudanese army and the forces of the Popular Movement, Abdulaziz al-Hilu’s wing, during which five officers were killed and a member of the armed forces was “seriously injured.”

A military source added in a previous statement to Ultra Sudan that Al-Hilu attacked the “Roseiris” camp in an attempt to control it.

The SPLM-North, led by Abdulaziz Al-Hilu, controls most of South Kordofan State and parts of Blue Nile State.

In March 2020, the Government of South Sudan mediated negotiations between the SPLM-N and the Government of South Sudan, and these efforts led to the signing of a declaration of principles between the President of the Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and the leader of the SPLM-N, Abdel Aziz Al-Hilu.

The Heglig area, located on the border between South Sudan and Sudan, is located miles away from the areas controlled by the SPLM-North.

Heglig is considered one of the areas rich in oil and important for the Sudanese economy, as there are approximately 75 oil wells that feed the Sudanese economy, with productivity exceeding 20,000 barrels per day.

Heglig includes the main oil pumping station that pumps South Sudanese oil to Port Sudan, the main crude oil processing station for all Sudanese and South Sudanese oil, crude fuel tanks with a capacity of more than 400,000 barrels, and about 19 camps for employees of companies working in the field of oil, both local and foreign, in addition to the oil station.