RSF negotiation team meets with AU high-level panel on Sudan

In a significant step towards resolving the ongoing conflict in Sudan, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) negotiation team convened on Monday with the African Union (AU) High-Level Panel on Sudan at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia.

The high-profile meeting, held in Addis Ababa, was chaired by Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the AU High Representative for Silencing the Guns.

The panel featured notable figures such as Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, former Vice President of Uganda, and Francisco Madeira, former Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission for Somalia. Also present were AU Representative to Sudan, Ambassador Mohamed Belaish, and IGAD Special Envoy to Sudan, Lawrence Corbandi.

Discussions centered on the dire humanitarian situation in Sudan, particularly the recent events in El Fasher, and strategies to end the ongoing conflict to achieve peace and stability.

The RSF delegation conveyed their willingness to cooperate fully in delivering humanitarian aid to all affected populations, emphasizing their commitment to alleviating the suffering of the Sudanese people.

Addressing the situation in El Fasher, the RSF attributed the escalation of violence to armed groups that had abandoned neutrality, aligning themselves with the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and provoking civil unrest in Darfur.

The RSF accused these groups of attempting to rekindle conflict in line with the former regime’s plans to extend the war and regain power in Sudan.

The RSF underlined the importance of making the current conflict the last in Sudan’s history, advocating for the reconstruction of the state on equitable foundations that address grievances and foster lasting peace and stability.

Expressing appreciation for the AU’s ongoing support for peace initiatives in Sudan, the RSF called for the consolidation of various peace efforts to ensure a unified and effective approach to resolving the crisis.

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