Sudan RSF Agrees To 72-hour Cease-fire For Humanitarian Corridor

The Rapid Support Force, RSF, a para-military group in Sudan, has agreed to cease fire for 72-hours after a plea from the United States.

RSF urged Sudan’s military to do the same.

This follows violent power struggle between Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan’s military head, and Mohamed Dagalo, RSF leader, which has claimed hundreds of lives since last Saturday.

There has been a breach of ceasefire agreements by both camps, including a three-day hiatus to mark Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday which commenced on Friday.

But the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, in a statement on Monday said the military and the RSF had agreed to hold fire for 72 hours.

According to Blinken, it was a step in brokering a permanent halt to the violence.

He said, “The SAF and RSF have agreed to implement and uphold a 72-hour nationwide ceasefire starting midnight, April 24.

“We welcome their commitment to work with partners and stakeholders for permanent cessation of hostilities and humanitarian arrangements.”

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The RSF said it would honour its end of the deal and provide necessary facilities that enable expatriates and missions to leave the country safely.

The statement reads, “Based on mediation from the United States of America, the Rapid Support Forces agreed to a humanitarian truce for a period of 72 hours, starting at midnight tonight, in order to open humanitarian corridors, facilitate the movement of citizens and residents, enable them to fulfill their needs, reach hospitals and safe areas, and evacuate diplomatic missions.

“The Rapid Support Forces affirm their full readiness to cooperate, coordinate and provide all facilities that enable expatriates and missions to leave the country safely. The Rapid Support Forces, from the womb of these people, stand by them, support their choices, and strive to achieve their legitimate aspirations for freedom, justice, democracy, and the rule of law.

“We affirm our commitment during the period of the declared armistice to the complete cease-fire, and we warn against the continued violations of the second party in non-compliance with the armistice.”

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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