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
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.
sector on Saturday announced that it released government army
prisoners of war.
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.
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
Ahmed Bilal Osman,
Sudan’s information minister and government spokesman, declared
the government’s welcome of their release.
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.
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.