The African Union (AU) has strongly condemned the recent rebel attack on a central Sudanese town, at a time of ongoing direct talks between the government and the rebel group active in the area.
AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, in a statement obtained by PANA here, “strongly condemns the armed attacks recently carried out in Um-Rawaba town in North Kordufan State, as well as in various areas in South Kordufan State.”
It said the attacks, reportedly launched by the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), have resulted in death, serious casualties and destruction of property, including that of a power grid for the town.
“These unfortunate incidents constitute a setback, as they have taken place immediately after the commencement of direct talks between Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), held in Addis Ababa, from 23 to 26 April 2013,” she said.
Dr Dlamini Zuma appealed to the parties to the conflict to exercise maximum restraint and allow the political leadership to work through direct talks to reach a comprehensive resolution to the conflict in South Kordufan and Blue Nile States.
She emphasised the urgent need for the Government of Sudan and SPLM-N to continue and remain committed to their direct talks, under the facilitation of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) and the Chairperson of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), in the interest of peace, security and for the well-being of the Sudanese people.