In a potential breakthrough amidst the ongoing conflict in Sudan, the top United Nations official in the country, Volker Perthes, revealed on Monday, May 1, 2023, that the warring generals have agreed to send representatives for negotiations. These talks are likely to take place in Saudi Arabia, as reported by the Associated Press (AP).
Perthes emphasized that the initial focus of the talks would be on establishing a “stable and reliable” ceasefire. However, he also cautioned that there could be significant challenges in holding these negotiations. The dialogue comes in the wake of deadly clashes that have persisted for just over two weeks, with neither side managing to secure a decisive victory. Consequently, the death toll has surged, reaching 528 people, according to the country’s health ministry.
The Sudan Doctors’ Trade Union has reported that attacks on health facilities are still occurring. They released a report stating that at least 70% of hospitals in and near battlegrounds have been rendered non-operational. The union has called upon “all humanitarian partners” to provide immediate support to mitigate the crisis.
As the violence continues, a plane carrying much-needed humanitarian aid has successfully landed in Sudan. The conflict began on April 15, 2023, between Sudan military troops loyal to General Abdel-Fattah Burhan and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) led by General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo. The dispute revolves around the RSF’s integration into the military, a crucial step in the transition towards civilian rule.
The ongoing clashes have had devastating consequences for the civilian population. Thousands have been wounded, and many more have been forced to leave their homes in search of safety. The upcoming negotiations offer a glimmer of hope for the beleaguered nation, but the road to peace remains fraught with challenges. The international community and humanitarian organizations must work together to support the Sudanese people during this tumultuous period and help facilitate a peaceful resolution to the conflict.