Blinken says Sudan rivals agree to 72-hour ceasefire

AFP , Monday 24 Apr 2023

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Sudan's warring generals had agreed to a three-day ceasefire starting Tuesday (2200 GMT Monday), after previous bids to pause the conflict quickly disintegrated.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken gestures to Alfred Mutua, the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, during a press conference at the U.S. State Department on April 24, 2023 in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP


"Following intense negotiation over the past 48 hours, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have agreed to implement a nationwide ceasefire starting at midnight on April 24, to last for 72 hours," Blinken said in a statement two hours before the truce was to go into effect.

"During this period, the United States urges the SAF and RSF to immediately and fully uphold the ceasefire," Blinken said.

Blinken said that the United States was also working with partners to set up a committee that would negotiate a permanet ceasefire in Sudan, where the conflict between rival generals descended into deadly violence 10 days ago.

Blinken met earlier Monday in Washington on the peace efforts with Kenya's top diplomat and has held phone conversations with counterparts from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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