Sudan: Factions Agree on 7-Day Ceasefire

The Sudanese army and Rapid Support Forces paramilitary agreed on a cease-fire commencing on Monday night. It may be extended if both parties agree, but several cease-fires in Sudan have failed.

Sudan’s warring factions reached an agreement May 20 on a seven-day cease-fire, as announced by the US and Saudi mediators. However, previous attempts to broker a lasting truce had been unsuccessful.

During a meeting held in Jeddah, the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces officially agreed upon a seven-day cease-fire scheduled to commence on May 22 at 9:45 pm local time in Sudan, according to a joint statement issued by the US and Saudi Arabia. The possibility of extending the ceasefire will be considered if both parties mutually agree.

The joint statement said, “Both parties have assured the Saudi and US facilitators of their commitment to refrain from seeking military advantage during the 48-hour notification period after signing the agreement and prior to the commencement of the cease-fire.”

Previous discussions in Jeddah resulted in an agreement between the conflicting sides to protect civilians and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to those affected by the conflict.

However, prior ceasefire arrangements faltered as both parties accused each other of violations. The US-Saudi statement also acknowledged, “it is widely known that the parties have previously declared ceasefires that were not upheld.”

In contrast, the recent agreement reached in Jeddah has been signed by both parties and will be backed by a ceasefire monitoring mechanism supported by the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the international community.

The Monitoring and Coordination Committee will consist of three representatives from the United States and Saudi Arabia, as well as three representatives from each of the involved parties.

This article was originally published on DW.