The SPLM-N is encouraged by the visit to Khartoum by Mark Green, the USAID Chief Administrator, as it demonstrates that the humanitarian situation in Sudan is a priority of USAID, especially as Mark Green is knowledgeable of the long suffering of the Sudanese people, millions of whom are internally displaced and are external refugees, especially when it comes to the Two Areas and Darfur. Khartoum has been using humanitarian assistance for political purposes as one of the means of its aggression against the marginalized people in the rural areas of Sudan and it has been denying access for years to many places, especially the Two Areas and Mara Mountain in Darfur, which is a war crime in the international humanitarian law. The SPLM-N has given many concessions for the Sudan government to open corridors for humanitarian assistance, but the Sudan government continues to refuse to move from its original position that is contradicting the principles of neutrality and unfettered access of international humanitarian law.
The Sudan government is only interested in the lifting of U.S. sanctions without themselves observing the benchmarks of the U.S. government. On the top of the list is to lift Sudan’s own sanctions on access to the Two Areas and Darfur. We are optimistic and expectant that the visit of Mark Green will help in implementing U.S. benchmarks for the Sudan government to allow humanitarian assistance and observation of international humanitarian law as access to humanitarian aid is an unquestionable right for the civilian population, especially those who suffer from genocide and war crimes. We do not need to remind ourselves that hundreds of meters away from Mark Green’s venue for meetings, a bunch of the Sudan government leaders are there and they are wanted by the ICC, among them is General Bashir.
The SPLM-N is ever ready to sit and resolve the humanitarian issues despite its internal difficulties as we have officially informed the AUHIP in our meeting recently with them.
Secretary General, SPLM-N
28 August 2017