Hamdok calls on international community to expedite Sudanese peace talks

Hamdok calls on international community to expedite Sudanese peace talks
Ousted Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok (photo credit: Al Jazeera)

The former Prime Minister of Sudan and head of the Coordination of Civil Democratic Forces (Taqaddum), Abdallah Hamdok, urged the international community to push for immediate peace negotiations between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Speaking at the Taqaddum’s inauguration conference in Addis Ababa on Monday, Hamdok called on the regional and international communities to put pressure on all parties involved in the conflict to permit unfettered delivery of humanitarian relief and to stop using food and medicine as weapons against civilians.

He said, “We stand with the families of the martyrs, both civilian and military, and with those who were unwillingly drawn into this war.”

Hamdok bemoaned the terrible results of the two-year conflict, pointing out the millions of people it has uprooted, the thousands of lives it has claimed, and the extensive damage it has wrought.

He urged the neighbouring countries to keep helping the Sudanese refugees they have been hosting.

Hamdok noted that the continuous fighting in Sudan has resulted in unprecedented levels of destruction and violations of human rights, and stressed that the main issue is the impending threat of starvation, which, if ignored, might kill millions of civilians.

He highlighted that continuing the conflict would have disastrous effects, resulting in the deaths of entire generations, the humiliation of the Sudanese people, and other negative outcomes.

He appealed to the Sudanese rival forces to promptly cease hostilities and asked those who were safe to desist from supporting the war’s prolongation.

Hamdok reiterated that efforts are being made by civic forces to put an end to the conflict and create a unified front against it. Several civic and political organizations have received invitations, such as resistance committees, the Ba’ath Party, the Communist Party, the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) of Abdel Wahid al-Nur, the SPLM-N led by Abdel Aziz al-Hilu, and the SLM led by Minni Minawi.

According to Hamdok, Taqadum’s leadership has called the commanders of the army and RSF to a meeting to discuss ways to bring the conflict to an end. These continued attempts included his meeting with Hemedti, and Burhan’s response is still pending.

However, beyond ideological and political divides, Taqadum is an important step in bringing civil forces together and forging a wide coalition to end the conflict and preserve the existence of the Sudanese government.

In addition to pledging to put an end to the conflict and bring security and safety back to the Sudanese people, the coordination suggested holding a roundtable discussion to discuss all matters of national concern.

Several dignitaries, including members of the Ethiopian government, foreign envoys, and delegates from Addis Ababa-based diplomatic missions, attended the inaugural session of the Taqaddum conference. Hamdok applauded the efforts of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia to mediate the conflict in Sudan.