RSF chief Dagalo, AU Chairman Assoumani discuss Sudan conflict

Rapid Support Forces (RSF) Commander Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo and African Union (AU) Chairman and President of Comoros discuss the “severe humanitarian situation faced by Sudanese people” in a phone call, RSF said on Monday.

RSF leader expressed his gratitude for the continued efforts of the AU and Assoumani to bring about peace and stability in Sudan.

Dagalo also underlined RSF’s “resolute commitment to the Jeddah platform.”

“RSF appreciates the AU’s initiatives and embraces all measures that have been proposed and it is imperative to consolidate them for the collective benefit of our people.”

War broke out in Sudan on April 15 – four years after a popular uprising ousted dictator Omar al-Bashir. Tensions between the army (SAF) and RSF, which jointly removed him from power in 2021, erupted into fighting over a plan to integrate their forces as part of a transition to civilian rule.

Attempts at securing ceasefires have proven futile so far, with negotiations breaking down repeatedly after a series of 16 collapsed agreements. In May, the rival parties convened in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, under the auspices of Riyadh and Washington. However, meaningful progress has not been achieved yet.

The African Union (AU) also stepped in with its own plan, envisioning a political dialogue involving military, civilian, and social actors, leading to constitutional arrangements and a civilian government. Despite convening multiple meetings, no progress has been achieved yet.

According to the United Nations, since April, approximately 380,000 refugees, predominantly women and children, have sought refuge in Chad due to the conflict. Furthermore, hundreds of thousands have also fled to countries including the Central African Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, and South Sudan.

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