Sudan’s RSF leader says Islamist factions derailed Manama Peace Talks

Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) commander Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo revealed on Sunday that the General Burhan’s forces (SAF) withdrew from peace negotiations in Manama last February due to pressure from Islamist factions, despite a peace agreement having been reached between the two sides.

Manama talks, organized by Egypt with facilitation from Saudi Arabia, the US, and the UAE, were not openly discussed by either party at the time, Dagalo said.

In a recorded Eid al-Adha speech, Dagalo revealed that the Manama negotiations aimed to secure a peace deal to end the war and transition the SAF out of power. He accused the SAF representative of leaving the talks a day before the draft agreement was set to be discussed.

Dagalo added that SAF rep later apologized for their absence due to pressure from Islamist factions.

Dagalo said Islamist factions control and heavily influence the army’s decisions and highlighted the RSF’s commitment to peace, citing the group’s sincere participation in Jeddah talks.

SAF has persistently refused negotiations until the RSF fulfils its demand of troop withdrawals and disarmament of RSF fighters.

Unconfirmed reports suggest the Manama draft did not require RSF withdrawal from occupied cities.

El Fasher and Wad al-Noura violence

Dagalo also addressed recent violence in Sudan, attributing the fighting in El Fasher to armed movements allied with the SAF.

He accused the SAF, security forces, and Islamic Movement jihadis for the killings in Wad al-Noura village of Al-Jazirah State.

Dagalo added that armed groups aligned with the Burhan’s SAF were responsible for the ongoing conflict in El Fasher, North Darfur, abandoning their neutrality.

Regarding the Wad al-Noura massacre, Dagalo denied RSF involvement, blaming the violence on a military clash involving the SAF, security forces, Islamic Movement jihadis, and their supporters.

Al-Burhan’s government accuses the RSF of killing at least 100 civilians.

Dagalo vowed that the RSF would defend itself against the “remnants of the old regime” within the army and intelligence services, pledging to eradicate their influence from Sudan.

Sudan has been mired by fighting between the army, led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who is the head of the ruling Sovereign Council, and the RSF.

At least 13,900 people have been killed and more than eight million displaced in the conflict that started in April 2023, according to UN figures.

Several cease-fire agreements brokered by Saudi Arabia and US mediators have failed to end the violence.

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