Sudanese conflict exacerbated by foreign arms supply: UN

Sudanese conflict exacerbated by foreign arms supply: UN
Rosemary A. DiCarlo, U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, gives a statement to the press following a Security Council meeting on Afghanistan.

Rosemary Anne DiCarlo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs [Photo: Courtesy]

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary Anne, said Sudanese conflict has been fueled by weapons supplied by foreign entities in violations of sections.

In a statement seen by The City Review on Sunday, Anne warned that foreign actors continue to violate the council’s sanctions on Sudan.

“These external actors continue to flout the sanctions regime imposed by the Council to support a political settlement, thereby fueling the conflict. This is illegal, it is immoral and it must stop,” Anne said.

She claimed that while the warring parties were able to halt the conflict, outside supporters continued to poison the minds of the country’s conflicting groups.

“If the parties have been able to sustain their confrontation, it is in no small part thanks to the material support they receive from outside the Sudan,” she stated.

According to the statement, reports have alleged that Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt are involved in the continuation of the war in Sudan.

The sanctions regime imposed on Sudan by resolution 1591 mentions parties to the Darfur crisis, which erupted in the early 2000s. It includes a ban on weapons and ammunition, as well as asset freezes.

Despite regional and international peace attempts, the Sudanese conflict continues, with the Sudanese army and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) extending the fight to the states.

The RSF and Arab militias have repeatedly been accused of carrying out savage attacks in Darfur, particularly on the Masalit and Zaghawa communities, and have taken control of the majority of the enormous territory.

The war which erupted on April, 15, 2023, between the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and Sudanese army killed more than 14,000 people, tens of thousands wounded and resulted in a looming famine with 25 million people in need of life-saving assistance, and over 8.6 million forced to flee their homes, according to the United Nations.