As heavy fighting resumed shortly after the 24 hours ceasefire truce ended on Sunday, United States of America and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a joint statement said they will only continue to mediate peace talk in the ongoing war in Sudan if only the parties, Sudanese Armed Forces, SAF and Rapid Support Forces, RSF show commitment to uphold thier obligations to protect civilians in Sudan.
United States of America and Saudi Arabia in a statement on Monday, said, during the 24 hours ceasefire, the SAF and RSF demonstrated effective command and control over their forces, resulting to reduced fighting through out Sudan which enabled the delivery of vital humanitarian assistance.
The Joint Facilitators’ Statement from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America on the June 10, 2023, 24-hour Ceasefire as issued and made available on Monday reads in quote:
“In their capacity as facilitators, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America note that during the 24-hour ceasefire that concluded on June 11, 2023, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) demonstrated effective command and control over their forces, resulting in reduced fighting throughout Sudan that enabled delivery of vital humanitarian assistance and the achievement of some confidence building measures.
“However, there were violations, and, following the expiration of the short-term ceasefire, facilitators have been deeply disappointed by the immediate resumption of intense violence, which we strongly condemn.
“Facilitators stand ready to reconvene formal talks in Jeddah, but only once the parties demonstrate their commitment to uphold their obligations under the Jeddah Declaration to Protect the Civilians of Sudan.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States continue to stand by the people of Sudan and urge the parties to end the fighting immediately.
“There is no acceptable military solution to the conflict. Besides engaging with the parties, facilitators continue to coordinate with regional and international partners to stop the fighting and minimize its impact on the region, and to intensify coordination with Sudanese civilian stakeholders, who must be the authors of their country’s future”.
It would be recalled that war broke out in Sudan on April 15 following supremacy battle between the Rapid Support Forces led by Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo and Sudanese Armed Forces led by Abdel Fattah Burhan.