After numerous failed attempts to broker a truce that lasts, the warring factions in Sudan have agreed to a new short-term ceasefire, according to U.S. and Saudi mediators who made the announcement on Saturday.
The Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces agreed to a seven-day truce at their meeting in the Saudi port city of Jeddah, according to a joint statement from the United States and Saudi Arabia. The ceasefire is scheduled to start on Monday at 9:45 p.m. local time in Sudan. If both parties concur, the truce might be prolonged.
The tweet below confirms the news:
BREAKING: A temporary ceasefire has been reached between two warring factions in Sudan, the U.S. State Department said. https://t.co/m45suaCQUC
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 20, 2023
Commit to Not Seeking Military Advantage
“Both parties have conveyed to the Saudi and U.S. facilitators their commitment not to seek military advantage during the 48-hour notification period after signing the agreement and prior to the start of the ceasefire,” it said.
The two sides already reached a consensus during the Jeddah negotiations on the protection of civilians and enabling the flow of aid to people affected by the violence. However, prior cease-fire agreements have collapsed due to charges of violations from both sides.
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The U.S.-Saudi statement stated that it was “well known that the parties have previously announced ceasefires that have not been observed.”
“Unlike earlier ceasefires, the Agreement reached in Jeddah was signed by the parties and will be backed by a U.S.-Saudi and international mechanism to monitor ceasefires,”
The Monitoring and Coordination Committee will consist of three delegates from the United States, three from Saudi Arabia, and three from each party.
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