Sudan: UN Says SAF and RSF Agreed to Negotiations, More Mediation Initiatives Launched

Khartoum — United Nations Special Representative and Head of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) Volker Perthes told the Associated Press yesterday that the two parties to the conflict have agreed to send representatives to conduct negotiations that may be held in Saudi Arabia.

Perthes explained that the negotiations will initially focus on establishing a “stable and reliable” ceasefire that will be supervised by “local and international” observers, but he cautioned that the arrangements for holding these talks are still in progress.

On Sunday, the UN announced that Secretary-General António Guterres decided to immediately send his Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, to the region to deal with the deteriorating crisis in Sudan.

The AU-IGAD-UN Trilateral Mechanism has demanded that the armistice be respected. It called on the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) to respect the latest ceasefire and refrain from launching attacks on populated areas, schools, and health facilities.

In a statement, the mechanism said that the ceasefire will pave the way for talks between the two sides in order to reach a permanent cessation of hostilities.

The President of the African Union, Ghazali Osmani, announced that he will launch an initiative to address the situation in Sudan.

During a telephone call with SAF Commander Lt Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan, Osmani called calm and a stop to the escalation.

According to the Sovereignty Council’s media office, the AU chair expressed his hope that the parties in Sudan would accept the AU’s planned initiative.