Sudan Ceasefire: The situation in Sudan has further worsened as the Sudanese armed forces and the rival paramilitary group, Rapid Support Forces (RSF), engage in a power struggle. This latest development has dealt a blow to the country’s hopes of transitioning to democracy.
Sudan Ceasefire Fails
The violence in Sudan has disrupted essential services such as power and water supply in the capital. The UN envoy to Sudan reported earlier that there were no signs of the two sides being willing to negotiate, which has not only stalled the country’s transition to civilian rule but also increased the risk of a wider conflict.
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On April 18, the Sudan warring parties agreed to a 24-hour ceasefire, which was expected to facilitate the evacuation of civilians from war-torn areas. RSF Commander Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo announced the ceasefire via a series of tweets, stating that it was approved following a conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and outreach by other friendly nations. He also expressed RSF’s commitment to the truce, while questioning the Sudanese Armed Forces’ willingness to follow through.
Unfortunately, the ceasefire between the army and the RSF failed for the second time as the Sudan entered its sixth day of fighting.
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According to a recent report, the situation in Sudan has further deteriorated as thousands of residents flee the capital, Khartoum, due to violent clashes. The clashes have already claimed the lives of over 270 civilians and left more than 2,000 injured, according to the World Health Organization. Germany and Japan are reportedly planning to evacuate their citizens, while India is in touch with the Quartet countries and the UN to ensure the safety of its nationals in Sudan.
The UN is scheduled to meet on Thursday with representatives from the African Union, the Arab League, and other organizations to discuss the situation in Sudan. Despite our hopes for a peaceful resolution, given the current situation and the two failed ceasefires, it may be difficult to see a return to peace anytime soon.
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