UN envoy to Sudan 'disappointed' by truce violations

AFP , Ahram Online , Monday 17 Apr 2023

The UN chief in Sudan on Monday slammed the failure by both the army and rival paramilitary forces to stop fighting during an agreed humanitarian pause to evacuate the wounded.

Sudanese army
Sudanese greet army soldiers, loyal to army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, in the Red Sea city of Port Sudan on April 16, 2023. AFP

 

United Nations Special Representative Volker Perthes said he was "extremely disappointed that humanitarian cessation of hostilities, that both the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces had committed to, was only partially honored yesterday"

On Sunday, the Sudanese armed forces and rival paramilitary forces agreed to a United Nations proposal to establish a safe corridor for humanitarian cases lasting three hours.

Sudan's embattled capital experienced heavy fighting for the third consecutive day on Monday, as the army and the Rapid Support Forces battled for control of the country.

These clashes are part of a power struggle between General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, commander of the armed forces, and General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, head of the RSF, a paramilitary group.

The two generals were once allies who together orchestrated an October 2021 military takeover that derailed Sudan's brief transition to democracy.

Both men have refused to negotiate a truce and have instead engaged in verbal attacks, demanding the other's surrender. However, they have powerful foreign supporters, making them potentially vulnerable to mounting diplomatic pressure.

Since fighting erupted on Saturday, nearly 100 civilians have been killed and hundreds have been wounded, said the Sudan Doctors' Syndicate, a pro-democracy group monitoring casualties.

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