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‘Concerted global push’ for Sudan ceasefire is essential: Guterres

Over the weekend, RSF-affiliated militias attacked and burnt villages west of the city leading to widespread new displacement.No aspect of civilian life has been spared, including rampant sexual violence and the targeting of aid convoys and aid workers.Noting the international conference on the Sudan crisis taking place in Paris on Monday, the Secretary-General said Sudanese “desperately need the support and generosity of the global community to help them through this nightmare.”He said all combatants had made promises to ensure full humanitarian access to allow vital aid to reach civilians. “It would also upend aid operations in an area already on the brink of famine, since El Fasher has always been a critical UN humanitarian hub. All parties must facilitate the safe, rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian personnel and supplies through all available routes into El Fasher.” With attention over the weekend focused on the Middle East he said the conflict between the national army and Rapid Support Forces militia had turned into “a war being waged on the Sudanese people.” 

El Fasher tinderbox

A .7 billion Humanitarian Response Plan for Sudan is only six per cent funded while the .4 billion Regional Refugee Response Plan was only seven per cent funded. Mr. Guterres said latest reports of escalating hostilities in El Fasher – the capital of North Darfur – “are a fresh cause for deep alarm.”Meanwhile, the violence which erupted in and around the capital Khartoum a year ago, has forced more than eight million to flee their homes while two million have become refugees.“It is a war on the many thousands of civilians who have been killed, and tens of thousands more maimed for life, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

A path out of the nightmare

“Coordinated international efforts will be essential to amplify joint action”, and work must continue on Sudan’s democratic transition, which was derailed by a military coup in late 2021.He said this must be an inclusive process: “I will not relent in my calls for all parties to silence the guns and meet the aspirations of the Sudanese people for a peaceful and secure future.”But the Sudanese people need more than aid, “they need an end to the bloodshed. They need peace”, Mr. Guterres continued.He noted that his Personal Envoy, Ramtane Lamamra, is working tirelessly to mediate more talks between the rival generals. “The only path out of this horror is a political solution. At this critical moment, in addition to global support for aid, we need a concerted global push for a ceasefire in Sudan followed by a comprehensive peace process.”

Political solution is the only solution

“Let me be clear:  Any attack on El Fasher would be devastating for civilians and could lead to full-blown intercommunal conflict across Darfur”, said the UN chief. “It is a war on the 18 million people facing acute hunger and the communities now staring down the terrifying threat of famine in the months ahead.”“They must heed the UN Security Council’s call to ensure rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access, and to protect civilians.”One year on, half of Sudan’s population needs lifesaving assistance. 


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