A new round of peace talks between the Sudanese government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) is scheduled to begin in Kenya on 2 May, the last round having ended in deadlock over integration of the security services (MEED 17:4:03). On 30 April, the two parties agreed with the UN to open the Nile Corridor and improve road access for the delivery of humanitarian supplies to those affected by the conflict. ‘This important step will bring greater hope and help to the long-suffering people of the Sudan,’ said UN humanitarian co-ordinator for Sudan, Mukesh Kapila. Some 4 million people have been displaced during the two decades of fighting.