Sudan’s government enters into crucial peace negotiations with South Sudan rebels.

Sudan’s government enters into crucial peace negotiations with South Sudan rebels.

Sudan’s government will begin weekend negotiations with South Sudan rebel forces today in Addis Ababa. The meeting aims to resolve

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Sudan’s government will begin weekend negotiations with South Sudan rebel forces today in Addis Ababa.

The meeting aims to resolve a 6-year old separatist conflict in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions against the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), who seek to add the areas to South Sudan. The violence is also intertwined with the war in Darfur, a province in the east that pits the Sudanese government against primarily non-Arab rebel forces.

Recently, SPLM-N has been losing ground and facing internal divisions. If an agreement is not reached soon, the rebels have threatened guerrilla tactics as a last resort, taking the fight into the bush and prolonging the bloody struggle.

With the Sudanese government currently fighting on two fronts, both sides are looking for resolution. This, accompanied by a recent four-month extension of a ceasefire, bodes well for peace. However, previous treaties have often been short-lived. Thus, even if representatives find success in this weekend’s negotiations, expect lasting peace in Sudan to prove more elusive.

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