Peace talks between the Sudanese Army and its main opponent, the Rapid Support Forces, RSF, facilitated by the US and Saudi Governments, will commence later today, Thursday, in a move to find a lasting solution to the raging bloody conflict in Sudan.
The Sudanese army welcomed the invitation on Wednesday, saying that “negotiations are one of the means that may end the conflict,” but that it will not end the fighting.
The RSF also acknowledged the invitation but remained relentless in its push for a battlefield victory against the Sudanese Army.
According to reports, representatives from Sudan’s army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have arrived in the Saudi port city for the negotiations.
Recent peace talks in Jeddah collapsed due to multiple ceasefire violations by the two parties.
Reports indicated that the renewed mediation efforts will include African peace advocates from the regional development bloc, Igad.
Sudan has been in a state of chaos since mid-April, when growing tensions between military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan and the commander of the RSF, Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, exploded into open violent clashes.
U.N. Undersecretary-General Martin Griffiths said in a statement marking the six-month anniversary of the clashes that the fighting reportedly killed up to 9,000 and forced millions of people out of their residences, either to secured areas inside Sudan or in neighboring countries.