State news agency reports that Sudan's government resumes talks with rebels from the south

The state news agency of Sudan is reporting that the government has resumed negotiations with the rebel coalition, the Sudan People's Liberation Army-North, after the talks were suspended last week.

Ibrahim Ghandour, the government's chief negotiator, tells the official SUNA news agency that the three-day negotiations began Thursday night in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. On the table, he says, are humanitarian and political concerns and issues of security.

The rebel coalition was part of the South Sudanese rebel army, the Sudan People's Liberation Army, until South Sudan seceded from the north in 2011. Since then, the coalition has been banned in Sudan, but wages an active insurgency in the southern areas of South Kordufan and the Blue Nile States.