Sudan’s warring generals have agreed to send representatives for negotiations, potentially in Saudi Arabia, the top United Nations official in the country told Associated Press (AP) on Monday, May 1, 2023.
Volker Perthes told AP that if those talks happen, they will initially focus on establishing a “stable and reliable” ceasefire. However, he warned of challenges in holding the negotiations.
A plane laden with humanitarian aid has landed in Sudan, where deadly clashes have raged for just over two weeks. Neither side has managed to land a decisive blow and the death toll has risen, according to the country’s health ministry, to 528 people.
Fighting erupted on April 15, 2023, between Sudan military troops loyal to General Abdel-Fattah Burhan and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) led by General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo in a dispute over the RSF’s integration into the military as part of the transition towards civilian rule.
Thousands of civilians have been wounded in the clashes and thousands have left their homes.