The ongoing civil war in Sudan proper has been largely ignored, with attention focused on the chaos in South Sudan instead. But as world media and the international community turn a blind eye, at least one person is paying attention: Thabo Mbeki. The former South African president is enthusiastically leading the mediation process between Khartoum and rebel groups, even though he’s got some serious trust issues.
The former South African president has long been involved in Sudanese politics. He was a lead mediator in the negotiations that led to South Sudan’s independence, and is also head of the African Union’s high-level implementation panel on Darfur, created to implement the recommendations of a report written by none other than Mbeki himself. He has also thrown himself enthusiastically into the South Kordofan and Blue Nile fray, attempting to get the various parties to sign his AU-endorsed road map to peace.
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" The political and diplomatic machinations around securing humanitarian access to desperately needy populations in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, as well as unfettered humanitarian access to equally desperate populations in Darfur, continue to grow more complex. Alarmingly, they have become even more deeply embedded in the disastrous “Roadmap” offered by Thabo Mbeki months ago. Mbeki, as head of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), has enmeshed the issue of humanitarian access in such a way that opposition forces in the Two Areas and Darfur are required to agree to a “National Dialogue” that will simply reincarnate the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party regime, if perhaps with yet another name (see Appendix A for contemptuous comments on this “National Dialogue,” secretly recorded in meetings by senior regime officials and subsequently leaked). "