The Sudanese Army confirms its adherence to the truce and soon after accuses the RSF of breaking it.
The Sudanese Army confirmed shortly after midnight its adherence to the truce with the U.S.-mediated Rapid Response Forces (RSF) on Monday afternoon, but in turn has accused the RSF of breaking the ceasefire with attacks near Khartoum.
At 01.00 local time, the Sudanese Army has reported that. “on the basis of the Saudi-U.S. mediation. to stop the fighting in the country and relieve our citizens and for humanitarian reasons, the Armed Forces agreed to a 72-hour armistice.effective as of midnight tonight, with the condition that the rebels undertake to cease all hostilities. and fulfill the requirements for their continuance.”
However, shortly thereafter they posted another message on their social networks: “The RSF rebel militia opened fire shortly before (…) in Bamdurman (on the outskirts of Jarum).despite the entry into force of the U.S. armistice proposal”.
They have blamed the “lack of commitment” of the RSFs to the cease-fire to the “lack of discipline of its soldiers and the loss of contact of its leaders with the forces on the ground”, and has reproached that this is something that has happened recurrently in the truces proposed since the conflict began, none of which has been effective.
They have assured that the Army does want to maintain the trucesbecause “the Armed Forces are interested in halting the bloodshed and find a peaceful solution to the crisis“, but that “unfortunately”, they must “respond to the attacks” of the RSF.
The RSF had confirmed on Monday night a 72-hour truce mediated by the United States and announced by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
On his official Twitter profile, the RSF affirmed its “full readiness to cooperate.coordinate and provide all facilities to enable expatriates and diplomatic missions to leave the country safely”.
All the ceasefires agreed so far have ended up cracking, while international organizations and countries around the world have begun their evacuation operations to repatriate civilians and diplomatic personnel.
Hostilities broke out against the backdrop of increased tensions over the integration of the RSF, led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, alias ‘Hemedti’. Hamdan is also vice-president ofhe Sovereign Transitional Councilwithin the Armed Forces, key part of an agreement signed in December to form a new civilian government. and revive the transition.