Quick Military Settlement for Sudan Conflict Out of the Question

Battles started on April 15, 2023, between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has caused tremendous human suffering and death, worsening existing humanitarian needs.

Amid a massive increase in the number of people affected by the war, the UN said that it needs a record near U.S.$3 billion to deliver life-saving aid to them. Several agreed ceasefires have been broken, and Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan Volker Perthes has said that during the first week of the war, both (sides) were counting on a military solution.

However, as the clashes enter their second month, they "have reached the conviction that a "quick military settlement is out of the question". Referring to the Jeddah talks, co-brokered by the United States and Saudi Arabia, Perthes said that they are military and tactical, and will not in themselves lead to a lasting ceasefire.

He held both parties responsible for violating the previous ceasefires and humanitarian truces, and stressed "the need to agree on an effective monitoring mechanism with participation of regional and international organisations".

Perthes says that the participation of private citizens and Sudanese civil society will be necessary to observe any ceasefire on the ground.


Displaced people in Sudan.

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