Sudan Rivals Agree “in principle” to a Seven-day Truce
ADDIS ABABA – The leaders of Sudan’s warring armed forces have agreed “in principle” to a seven-day ceasefire from 4 May to 11 May, the foreign ministry of the neighboring South Sudan disclosed Tuesday.
The leaders of Sudan’s Army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) also agreed to name their representatives in preparation for talks.
These agreements were reached when South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, who is a team leader of Igad’s mediation team, spoke with two Generals over the phone on Tuesday, according to Juba.
The violence between the army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) is now in its third week.
The fighting is still ongoing despite a three-day truce in place, reports say, with each side accusing the other of breaching previous truces.
South Sudan’s President Kiir urged the two warring generals to name representatives for peace talks, and propose a date “to start the talks as soon as possible”.
“The rapidly deteriorating situation in Khartoum makes it imperative for the two leaders to de-escalate,” the president told the Sudanese leaders.
The venue for peace negotiations has not yet been decided. Igad says it could be held at a venue of their choice as some reports put Saudi Arabia as a potential venue for the talks.
The armed clashes erupted in Khartoum on 15 April and spread to multiple cities across the country including Al Fasher, Merowe, Nyala, Ag Geneina, and El Obeid.
More than 500 people have been killed and more than 4,000 have been wounded in the fighting, according to Sudan’s health ministry.
The UN migration agency also estimates the number of people displaced due to the violence at 334,053 people, to date.