Time Challenges International, Regional Mediation Efforts /Report/

A glimpse of hope emerged in the possibility of putting an end to the ongoing battles in Sudan, which have just begun its third week, while mediation efforts and regional international peace initiatives are taking place to stop the firing between the Sudanese Army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), amid fears of the conflict extending and spreading chaos in the entire region.

While African and Sudanese parties are contacting the two parties of the conflict at several levels – to stabilize the situation and open a political dialogue between the two parties, US is conducting indirect negotiations between the two parties of the conflict in an effort to calm them down and reach a permanent ceasefire between the Sudanese Army and RSF.

Press reports in Khartoum stated that the efforts of US aim to turn the armistice into a permanent cessation of conflicts, form a team to supervise the humanitarian aspects, open corridors for international aid, and form another team to supervise negotiations between the Army and RSF, adding that these efforts also aim to form a joint committee that includes the two parties and representatives of the tripartite mechanism to monitor the implementation of ceasing conflict.

Observers expect international and regional efforts to integrate with Africa to establish what they described as a unified hybrid platform to settle the Sudanese crisis by developing the armistice into a permanent ceasefire and resuming the political process to complete the civil democratic transition.

In a development that reflects cautious optimism, United Nations’ Special Representative for Sudan Volker Perthes announced that the two conflicting parties are more open to negotiations, and they acknowledge that the conflict that broke out two weeks ago cannot continue, pointing out that the two parties have nominated their representatives for the talks, which were proposed to take place either in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, or Juba, Sudan.

Perthes informed the UN Security Council that the task that cannot be delayed is to develop a monitoring mechanism for the implementation of the agreed truce, after previous truces failed to stop the fighting.

According to Sudanese press reports, Major General Abu Bakr Faqiri will be representing the Sudanese Army, while Brigadier General Musa Usman will be representing Rapid Support Forces. (MORE)

Source: Qatar News Agency