Sudan’s army leader said on Friday that he has not been seeking military assistance in his recent tour and that he preferred a diplomatic resolution to the ongoing war in the country.
In an interview with Reuters news agency, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan also stated that he has ordered neighbouring states to stop sending mercenaries to help the rival paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the clashes that have spread for months.
Burhan said on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York that, “Every war ends in peace, whether through negotiations or force. We are proceeding on those two paths, and our preferred path is the path of negotiations.”
Burhan went on to say that the abandoned peace talks initiated by Saudi Arabia and the US in Jeddah may come out successful without giving additional details.
The army chief has made a number of foreign trips in recent weeks, after spending the first several months of the war in Sudan.
He said the goal was to find ways to end the war, not military support.
However, he stated he had requested other countries to stop external funding that he alleged the RSF is receiving.
Recall that the rival RSF leader Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti, also hinted in a video speech that he’s ready for a ceasefire and political talks to end the impasse.
Clashes between the army and the RSF which broke out in mid-April over plans for a political transition and the integration of the RSF into the army have killed thousands of people and displaced millions of others.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said. “dozens of children are dying every day – a result of this devastating conflict and a lack of global attention.”