Ceasefire Agreed by Sudan’s Warring Parties Following Hundreds of Deaths, According to U.S.
Sudan’s warring factions have agreed to a three-day nationwide ceasefire following intense negotiations, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
The conflict has led to 10 days of urban combat, resulting in hundreds of casualties and thousands of injuries.
The fighting has also caused mass evacuation of foreigners. Previous attempts to stop the conflict have been unsuccessful.
While the ceasefire comes into effect at midnight on 24 April, the UN’s Secretary-General has warned that Sudan is on “the edge of the abyss”.
The fighting is between forces loyal to army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and those of his ex-deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who commands the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
The conflict in Sudan has reached a critical point, with 10 days of urban combat resulting in hundreds of casualties and thousands of injuries. The fighting has also caused the mass evacuation of foreigners and has left the country on the brink of collapse.
Efforts to stop the conflict have so far been unsuccessful, but a ceasefire is due to come into effect at midnight on 24 April. Despite this, the UN’s Secretary-General has warned that Sudan is on “the edge of the abyss.”
The fighting is between forces loyal to army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and those of his ex-deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who commands the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The conflict has been simmering for months, but it escalated dramatically when the RSF launched an attack on protesters in Khartoum on 11 April.
Since then, the fighting has spread to other parts of the country, and both sides have suffered significant losses. The situation has been further complicated by the involvement of various militias and political factions, as well as the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Sudan.
The ceasefire is a welcome development, but it remains to be seen whether it will hold. Sudan is a complex and volatile country, with a long history of internal conflict and external interference. The international community has a role to play in supporting efforts to resolve the current crisis, but ultimately it is up to the Sudanese people to find a way forward.
In the short term, the priority must be to provide humanitarian aid to those affected by the fighting and to ensure that the ceasefire is respected. In the longer term, the focus must be on addressing the underlying causes of the conflict and building a sustainable peace.
This will require a concerted effort from all parties involved, including the government, the opposition, and civil society. It will also require the support of the international community, both in terms of financial assistance and diplomatic engagement.
The situation in Sudan is dire, but it is not hopeless. With the right leadership and the right support, it is possible to overcome the current crisis and build a more stable and prosperous future for the people of Sudan.