American, Saudi mediators announce new ceasefire agreement in Sudan

Hentet fra Sudan Tribune

American and Saudi mediators Saturday announced a new three-day ceasefire agreement between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Set to take effect on June 18 at 6:00 a.m. Khartoum time, the agreement will last for a period of 72 hours until June 21.

The mediators emphasized the importance of addressing the suffering endured by the Sudanese people and urged the parties to fully commit to the ceasefire, thereby curbing the severity of the violence.

As part of the agreement, the SAF and RSF have agreed to various measures during the ceasefire period. These include refraining from prohibited movements, attacks, using military aircraft or drones, artillery strikes, reinforcement of positions, and resupply of forces. The parties have also pledged to avoid seeking any military advantage throughout the ceasefire.

One crucial aspect of the agreement is the commitment to allowing the unimpeded movement and delivery of humanitarian assistance across Sudan. Recognizing the urgent need for aid, the mediators emphasized the significance of ensuring that humanitarian groups can reach those in need without obstruction.

The announcement comes ahead of the upcoming humanitarian donor conference scheduled for June 19.

The facilitators, underscoring the pressing humanitarian situation in Sudan, called on the parties to genuinely consider the immense suffering endured by the Sudanese people. They emphasized the necessity of strict adherence to the ceasefire agreement and urged an end to the violence.

In the event that either party fails to observe the 72-hour ceasefire, the mediators have stated that they will be compelled to consider adjourning the ongoing talks in Jeddah. The announcement serves as a stark reminder of the seriousness with which the mediators view compliance with the agreed-upon terms.

The new ceasefire agreement holds great promise for the people of Sudan, offering a window of respite from the conflict and creating an opportunity for humanitarian aid to reach those in desperate need.