(WASHINGTON) (Sudan Tribune) - The outgoing U.S. Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Donald Both Wednesday criticized the refusal
of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement - North (SPLM-N) for a humanitarian proposal saying they should put their people first not their political ambitions.
"I must say we need to be careful not to hold them in unquestioned high esteem. It is important to be clear-eyed about whom we are dealing with," Booth said, in a speech at the U.S. Institute of Peace about his action during the past three years.
"I have found that some of the leaders of the Sudanese opposition, especially those with guns, are more than willing to ignore the interests and well-being of ordinary civilians, in favour of their own political ambitions," Booth added.
Booth is the first American diplomat who has openly criticized Sudanese armed groups, accusing them of obstructing peace in Sudan.
Recently he slammed Abdul-Wahid Al-Nur for his refusal to join the peace process saying "His refusal to negotiate has been a perennial problem for international efforts to end the conflict in Sudan, but it has become especially damaging as other parties to the conflict begin moving toward peace".
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