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Sudanese army receives released war prisoners from rebel sector

KHARTOUM, (Xinhua) -- Sudanese army on Sunday announced that it has received 107 government soldiers and 18 civilians after they were released by the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector.

Sudanese army spokesman Ahmed Khalifa Al-Shami said in a statement Sunday that the released Prisoners of War (POWs) included three army officers, 104 from other ranks and 18 civilians.

“This work was a fruit of continuing joint effort based on the state’s moral responsibility towards its citizens, particularly the prisoners of war who were performing their duty,” said Al-Shami.

He expressed the Sudanese armed forces’ thanks for the sincere efforts and initiatives which led to the release of the POWs, commending response of the SPLM/northern sector and regarding it as “a positive step that serves the efforts aiming at achieving peace in the country.”

He further thanked all the parties which contributed to the release of the POWs via provision of facilitation and logistical services, top of them the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The SPLM/northern sector on Saturday announced that it released government army prisoners of war.

The SPLM/northern sector has been fighting Khartoum’s central government at Blue Nile and South Kordofan areas since 2011.

So far ten rounds of peace talks have been held in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa between the Sudanese government and the SPLM/northern sector, under the patronage of the African Union, but all failed to end the conflict in the two areas.

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UPDATE:

Sudan welcomes release of military personnel as good gesture

KHARTOUM (Xinhua) -- 107 Sudanese military personnel and 18 civilians arrived in Sudan’s capital Khartoum on Sunday after they were released by the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector.

Ahmed Bilal Osman, Sudan’s information minister and government spokesman, declared the government’s welcome of their release.

“The government regards this move as a good gesture by the SPLM/northern sector and a step that helps boost the peace efforts,” said Osman at a press conference at Khartoum airport.

Rene Gerard, the representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross, also welcomed their release and reunion with families.

The SPLM/northern sector, which has been fighting the central government at Blue Nile and South Kordofan areas since 2011, announced on Saturday that it had released government army prisoners of war.

So far, 10 rounds of peace talks between the Sudanese government and the SPLM/northern sector have been held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, but all failed to end the conflict in the two areas.

 

             

 

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