African Union-mediated peace negotiations between the Sudanese government and the anti-government Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) led by Abdulaziz al-Hilu were temporarily postponed on 5 February, having resumed on 1–4 February.
The SPLM-N stated that both sides disagreed on humanitarian access routes into South Kordofan state, where Al-Hilu’s faction of the group comprises the majority of SPLM-N fighters. Furthermore, the government rejected SPLM-N demands for regional autonomy. A ceasefire that both sides extended on 1 February by four months remains in effect.
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