Khartoum -- The UK Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan has revealed that he is in talks with rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-N) to persuade the movement
to make concessions for the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Blue Nile and South Kordofan in accordance with the US proposal.
The humanitarian file still constitutes a bone of contention between the government and the SPLM-N, which suggested during last Addis Ababa talks that 20% of humanitarian aid should be delivered through Ethiopian region of Asosa, a demand the government had categorically rejected.
Sudan news agency (SUNA) reported the UK envoy – after his meeting with the Sudanese minister for foreign Ibrahim Grandeur to have said that he was in contacts with SPLM-N in a bid to persuade the rebels to accept the US proposal for the delivery of relief aid to regions affected by the war, and sign draft agreement proposed by the US.
Earlier last November, Washington proposed USAID would deliver assistance from Khartoum directly to the Two Areas after inspection of the aid items by the Sudanese authorities. The SPLM-N instead opted for an external crossing point for at least 20 percent of the relief goods, in Asosa area at the Ethiopian-Sudanese border, which was in turn rejected by the Sudanese government.
Separately, the UK envoy painted humanitarian conditions in South Sudan as "worse", adding that Sudan's help is needed to allow in food aid.
For his part, Ghandour affirmed President Al Bashir's and the Sudanese people's concern with the ongoing crisis in South Sudan, adding that the government will ensure the delivery of relief aid to the victims there.
Ghandour hailed bilateral relations between Sudan and the UK, especially strategic talks held between the two countries to iron out difficulties to the betterment of ties between Khartoum and London.