The Sudanese military and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have reached a preliminary agreement in efforts to terminate the ongoing conflict in Sudan, aiming to protect civilians during further talks for a ceasefire.
This accord, signed in the Saudi port city of Jeddah, marks a significant milestone in their negotiations to end the war. Nevertheless, the factions have acknowledged that they are “quite far apart,” indicating the complexity that lies ahead.
After a week of intense discussions, they have signed a declaration, confirming their commitment to work towards a short-term ceasefire, enabling the delivery of emergency humanitarian aid and restoration of essential services.
Nonetheless, they have yet to agree on security measures to secure the supply of relief. The goal is to achieve a 10-day ceasefire, followed by more comprehensive talks towards a permanent cessation of hostilities.
It’s a prolonged process, with the first step being the civilian groups’ participation, expected later in the talks. The World Health Organization reports that there have been at least 604 deaths and 5,127 injuries.