He Sudan Army agreed to extend the ceasefire for 72 hours with the paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces (RSF), despite the accusations of having breached the truce.
In a statement via Twitter, the Army explained that Abdelfata al Burhan “received the initiative of the Intergovernmental Authority on East African Development (IGAD) in which it was decided to assign the presidents of South Sudan, Kenya and Djibouti to work on proposals for solutions to the current crisis”.
“The proposals are summarized in extending the current truce for an additional 72 hours and sending a representative of the Armed Forces and the rebel militia (RSF) to Juba (capital of South Sudan) in order to negotiate the details of the initiative,” detailed the Sudanese Army.
Confirmation is given after the South Sudanese Foreign Minister Deng Dauinformed that the president of the country, Save Kiirwas in contact with Al Burhan and with the leader of the RSF, Mohamed Hamdan Dagaloalias “Hemedti”, and explain that Al Burhan would be willing to meet with Hemedti to try to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict.
For her part, the international community continues to be committed to seeking a coordinated solution to the fighting, after dozens of countries and organizations have taken advantage of the truces –although presumably ineffective– to repatriate their diplomatic staff and citizens.
He US State Department Secretary Antony Blinkenspoke this Wednesday with the Chairman of the African Union Commission, Musa Faki Mahamat, to try to achieve a joint solution to the hostilities.
“Secretary Blinken and Chairman Faki agreed that the continued leadership of the African Union remains essential to pressure the Sudanese Armed Forces and the RSF to immediately cease military operations and allow unhindered access for humanitarian aid,” indicated the Department of State it’s a statement.
IGAD, like the African Union and the UN, has shown since the clashes began a total commitment to resolve conflict in sudanwhich could affect the nearest African countries.
The hostilities broke out in the context of an increase in tensions around the integration of the RSF –led by ‘Hemedti’, who is also vice president of the Sovereign Transition Council– within the Armed Forces, a key part of an agreement signed in December to form a new civilian government and reactivate the transition.
The talks process started with international mediation after Al Burhan led a coup in October 2021 that overthrew the then prime minister of unity, Abdullah Hamdok, appointed to the post following civil-military contacts after the April 2019 coup that ended 30 years of Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s rule.
Until now, 512 people have died and more than 4,000 have been injured by the clashes, which have squandered the Sudanese health system and have forced the displacement of thousands of people.
(With information from Europa Press and EFE)
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