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Sudanese Army Abandons Cease-Fire Talks With Paramilitary Forces

Voice of America
01 Jun 2023, 07:05 GMT+10

The Sudanese military has broken off negotiations with the country's paramilitary forces over a new cease-fire agreement.

Agence France Presse quotes an anonymous Sudanese official who said the government walked away from the talks "because the rebels have never implemented a single one of the provisions of a short-term ceasefire," including the withdrawal from hospitals and residential buildings, and accused the paramilitary forces of repeatedly violating the truce.

In a statement late Tuesday reported by Reuters the paramilitary forces said they were committed to the cease-fire 'despite repeated violations' by the army.

The United Nations Security Council said it would meet later Wednesday to discuss the conflict.

Sudan's capital, Khartoum, has been mired in violence and chaos since April 15, when fighting broke out between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces after relations between military leader General Abdel Fattah Burhan and RSF chief General Mohamed Hamdan Degalo ended in rancor.

People fleeing violence load their luggage onto a bus before departure from Khartoum on May 30, 2023. The war in Sudan has caused nearly 1.4 million people to flee their homes, including more than 350,000 who have crossed into neighboring countries. People fleeing violence load their luggage onto a bus before departure from Khartoum on May 30, 2023. The war in Sudan has caused nearly 1.4 million people to flee their homes, including more than 350,000 who have crossed into neighboring countries.

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The two generals are former allies who together orchestrated an October 2021 military coup that derailed a transition to civilian rule following the 2019 ouster of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir.

Tensions between the generals have been growing over disagreements about how the RSF should be integrated in the army and who should oversee that process. The restructuring of the military was part of an effort to restore the country to civilian rule and end the political crisis sparked by the 2021 military coup.

The two sides have been involved in continuous cease-fire talks overseen by the United States and Saudi Arabia in the Saudi port city of Jeddah, but both sides have repeatedly violated every agreement. Mediators said Monday the army and the RSF had agreed to extend a cease-fire that would allow humanitarian aid into Sudan for five days.

People line up in front of a bakery during a cease-fire in Khartoum, Sudan, May 27, 2023. People line up in front of a bakery during a cease-fire in Khartoum, Sudan, May 27, 2023.

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The war has killed hundreds of civilians and left more than 1.4 million others internally displaced, with about 350,000 escaping into neighboring countries. Khartoum has been forced to endure frequent power cuts, with many areas totally without running water, and most of the hospitals out of service.

Some information for this report came from Reuters, Agence France-Presse.

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