The mediators of the Jeddah talks between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces regret that the two sides were unable to agree on agreements to implement the ceasefire during this first round.
They stressed that there is no acceptable military solution to this conflict, and urged the facilitators to both the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces to put the interest of the Sudanese people first, lay down arms, and engage in negotiations to end this conflict.
Saudi Arabia, the United States of America, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) as joint representative of the African Union and IGAD, and as facilitators of the Jeddah 2 talks, announced the commitment of the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces to take steps to facilitate increased humanitarian assistance and the implementation of confidence-building measures.
“Work in the Jeddah talks is focused on specific topics to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid, ceasefire and other confidence-building measures in preparation for a permanent cessation of hostilities,” the facilitators said in a statement on Tuesday.
According to the statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency, in light of the Jeddah Declaration for the Protection of Civilians in Sudan signed last May, both the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces are committed to engaging in a joint humanitarian mechanism led by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to address obstacles to the delivery of relief assistance.
In addition to identifying points of contact to facilitate the passage and transit of humanitarian workers and aid, and implementing confidence-building measures regarding the establishment of a communication mechanism between the commanders of the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces.
In addition to detaining escapees from prisons, improving the media content of both sides, reducing the intensity of the media language and taking measures against the parties that provoke escalation and fuel the conflict, provided that these measures are implemented in parallel.
An important step
According to the statement, the two parties (the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces) affirmed their individual commitment to facilitating the passage of humanitarian aid to both parties.
The facilitators considered that these commitments represent an important step to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance, which contributes to alleviating the suffering of the Sudanese people, and in this context, it is now up to both the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces to fully comply with their responsibility to implement what has been agreed.