Sudan ceasefire suffer blow after rival parties disagree in Jeddah

Sudan ceasefire suffer blow after rival parties disagree in Jeddah
RSF leader Gen. Mahamed Hamdan Dagalo and the Sudanese military leader Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan [Photo: Courtesy]

The delegations of the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces engaged in Jeddah peace negotiations on Monday disagreed on a proposal to arrest and hand over the former President, Omar El-Bashir and those who initiated the conflict to the International Criminal Court.

According to a statement published by Erem News, the two factions could not agree on the idea of arresting wanted leaders of the former regime. The Rapid Support Forces insisted on arresting a list of leaders wanted by Omar al-Bashir’s regime and others who were involved in igniting the war and its continuation.

The sources reported that “the mediation announced the suspension of the round for the two delegations to consult with their leaders and return to the discussions at a time to be determined later.”

“The Rapid Support delegation submitted a list of 27 leaders from the former regime who are required to be arrested in order to continue confidence-building measures and continue the ceasefire discussions,” they stated.

According to Al-Sharq, Maj. Gen. Mahjoub Bishri, who heads the Sudanese army delegation, will return to Port Sudan on Tuesday, and the Rapid Support Forces, headed by Brig. Gen. Omar Hamdan, will return to emirates.

The sources also said that the army delegation reiterated its commitment and demanded the removal of Rapid Support outposts in areas under its control.

The previous peace talks held in Jeddah earlier this year have not yet yielded any fruit. In late June, the United States and Saudi Arabia accused the warring parties of failing to abide by cease-fire deals. Since April 2023, at least nine temporary cease-fire deals have been initiated and have all flopped.

The Saudi foreign ministry, during the Jeddah peace talks held on 26, October, 2023, stated that he hoped the fresh negotiations would lead to another cease-fire agreement and also a political agreement that will “return security, stability and prosperity for Sudanese people.”

Since the war broke out on April 15, 2023, about 9,000 people have been killed, and another 5.6 million were forced to flee their homes during the conflict, according to the United Nations.

According to UN migration agency, the Sudanese conflict has forced over 4.5 million people to flee their homes across the country, and more than 1.2 million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.