US envoy eyes Sudan talks resuming after Ramadan

AFP , Tuesday 26 Mar 2024

A US envoy voiced hope Tuesday that Sudan's warring generals will resume talks after Ramadan and work to prevent a broader regional war, despite the failure of previous negotiations.

Tom Perriello
US Special Envoy for Sudan Tom Perriello. AP


Tom Perriello, a former congressman recently named to a new position of US special envoy for Sudan, said after a seven-nation trip, talks co-led with Saudi Arabia could start on or around April 18.

"Anyone who thought that either side had a path to outright victory should at this point be very clear that that's not the case," he told reporters after returning to Washington.

"A war of attrition," he said, "is not just a disaster for civilians, but actually easily becomes a more factionalized and regional war."

War broke out in April 2023 between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), killing tens of thousands, forcing millions to flee, and pushing the impoverished country to the brink of famine.

Previous rounds of talks in the Saudi port city of Jeddah failed to yield any more than general promises or to halt the conflict in Sudan, which had earlier been transitioning, if uneasily, toward democracy.

Perriello, while upbeat about resuming formal negotiations, added that it was important not to "fetishize the start of talks" and said the United States and other nations were looking at incentives to end the war.

* This story was edited by Ahram Online.

Short link: