South Africa calls for ‘genuine and sincere’ talks in Sudan | APAnews

South Africa calls for ‘genuine and sincere’ talks in Sudan | APAnews
South Africa calls for ‘genuine and sincere’ talks in Sudan | APAnews

At least 30 civilians and 17 soldiers were killed last Friday in the latest outbreak of violence in El-Fasher in the west.

South Africa has called for the resumption of “genuine and sincere” talks between Sudan’s warring parties, expressing concern over rising civilian casualties due to the escalation of armed conflict.

The Office of President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the “ serious concern » from South Africa regarding the ongoing armed conflict in Sudan, which has resulted in the loss of civilian lives, destruction of property, including critical infrastructure, and displacement of populations.

South Africa reiterates its call for an immediate end to the conflict and the resumption of genuine and sincere talks to end the human suffering that the Sudanese people have endured for too long “, said Vincent Magwenya, spokesperson for President Ramaphosa, in a statement released on Tuesday.

The spokesperson for the South African president adds that “There can be no military solution to these fighting, which must be resolved peacefully through an inclusive dialogue led by Sudan, thus allowing a return to a process of transition towards a civil democratic government. »

At least 30 civilians and 17 soldiers were killed last Friday in the latest outbreak of violence in El-Fasher in the west, as fighting in the country continues with no sign of easing more than a year after it began of the conflict.

Armed conflict in Sudan erupted in mid-April last year, when tensions between leaders of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) escalated into violence.

The fighting has killed thousands, displaced around nine million others and sparked a humanitarian crisis.

Initially concentrated in the capital Khartoum, the war spread to Darfur, sparking ethnic violence and rekindling old rivalries from a brutal war in the early 2000s.

Mr. Magwenya expressed South Africa’s solidarity with the innocent Sudanese people who have suffered since the start of hostilities between the Sudanese armed forces and the Sudanese security forces.

We express our deep concern over the intensification of fighting in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, and the plight of many civilians, particularly women and children. “, said Mr. Magwenya.

He also denounced the use of heavy artillery in areas inhabited by the warring parties.

We call on all parties to the conflict to respect international law, including international humanitarian law, to protect civilians, particularly women and children, and not to obstruct in any way the distribution of humanitarian aid. and medical assistance“, he insisted.

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