Solution to Sudan war must be free of external interference: Shoukry

Merna Hesham , Wednesday 15 Nov 2023

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry said that any genuine political solution for the Sudan crisis must come from the Sudanese people themselves, free from external dictates, pressures, or military and political support.

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry virtual meeting with African Peace and Security Council. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

Shoukry’s remarks came during a virtual meeting on Wednesday with foreign ministers and representatives of member states of the African Peace and Security Council, as well as countries from the Expanded Mechanism on the Sudan crisis. Also present was the commissioner for political affairs, peace, and security at the African Union, and the executive secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), according to a statement by the foreign ministry.

During the meeting, Shoukry emphasized the pivotal role of the African Union in resolving African issues and crises.

He also reviewed Egypt's actions towards the crisis, which are based on achieving a comprehensive and sustainable ceasefire, securing full access for humanitarian aid, preserving the unity and integrity of Sudan, and respecting its sovereignty and institutions that are preventing the state from collapsing.

"Additionally, there is a belief that any genuine political solution must be based on a pure Sudanese vision originating from the Sudanese people themselves, free from external dictates, pressures, or military and political support from external parties," Shoukry said.

He indicated that Egypt continues its efforts to bring an end to the war, highlighting the creation of the Sudan Neighbouring Countries Path during a summit in Cairo in July.

Sudan’s neighbours, being the best positioned to understand the war’s complexities and the most eager to resolve it, adopted a comprehensive action plan at the July summit, he noted.

The plan is working to bring a halt to hostilities, create a conducive political environment, and facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid.

Shoukry said the humanitarian catastrophe in Sudan must be further highlighted to the world.

The foreign minister urged donor countries and organizations to expedite their support for the United Nations' humanitarian response plan and fulfill their commitments to support and assist the Sudanese people, as well as share the burdens placed on Sudan’s neighbouring countries.

During a UN conference in Geneva in June, donors pledged close to $1.5 billion for the humanitarian response to Sudan and the region, according to UN Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths.

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project conservatively estimates that that at least 5,000 Sudanese have been killed since fighting between the Sudanese Army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) broke out in Khartoum in April.

The UN said in September that the war has internally displaced over 3.8 million people.

Egypt has received over 310,000 Sudanese who have fled their country between 15 April and late September, according to previous remarks by Shoukry.

According to the World Bank in September, approximately 9.4 million individuals, accounting for 76 percent of Sudan’s population, are projected to require humanitarian aid.

 

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