Sudanese Defense Minister, Abdel-Rehim Hussein, told Parliament last week that the Sudan lodges a complaint with the U.N. every year regarding its dispute with Egypt over the Halaib Triangle, an area of land on the Egypt-Sudan border which has been under Egyptian control since 1995. Sudan claims that Halaib is part of the Sudan. After a visit to Cairo in February this year, Hussein said the dispute would be resolved through dialogue.

The leader of the Sudan opposition Popular Congress Party, Hassan Al-Turabi, has said his party has agreed to an unconditional dialogue with the ruling National Congress Party, called for by President Omar Al-Bashir, in order to unify Islamic forces and maintain the cohesion of the country.

The rebel alliance of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) on Sunday (April 13) reiterated its rejection of President Al-Bashir’s call for a national dialogue, claiming the government was escalating military operations rather than declaring cessation of hostilities and taking confidence-building measures. It claimed that the SRF did not reject dialogue but it must be based on a clear roadmap to “move from war to peace and from totalitarianism to democracy”.