Updated on 02/05/2023 at 7:14 PM
South Sudan declared a seven-day ceasefire in Sudan. It must be applied from May 4th.
The leaders of the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces agreed to a seven-day ceasefire from May 4 to May 11. This was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of neighboring South Sudan on Tuesday. The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, has been mediating between the two parties to the conflict for a few days as a representative of the Northeast African Regional Association (IGAD).
In Sudan, which has a population of about 46 million, de facto President Abdel Fattah al-Burhan uses the armed forces to fight his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who leads the Rapid Support Forces. The two leaders took over the leadership of Sudan through joint military coups. However, there was disagreement between the two camps over issues of power distribution.
Fighting in Sudan: cease-fire again and again
Al-Burhan and Daglo agreed to nominate representatives for the negotiations that will take place in Juba, the capital of southern Sudan. The South Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the date for the start of negotiations has not yet been determined. She added that the rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation makes de-escalation of the conflict an imperative.
Since the conflict began on 15 April, ceasefires lasting up to 72 hours have been repeatedly negotiated. However, these were broken over and over again. Neither side has committed to a real ceasefire.
Last weekend, the Health Ministry reported that some 530 people were killed and 4,600 wounded in the fighting. However, in the chaos of the battles, it is difficult for the authorities to maintain an overview. They assume the real numbers are much higher. According to the United Nations Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 334,000 people have been internally displaced in Sudan since the fighting broke out. (MT/DSPA)