Sudan gov’t puts its trust on Juba for peace negotiations
AUTHOR: Ibasi Patricia Tobs | PUBLISHED: May 8, 2023
Ambassador Ali Dafalla Al-Haj, the special envoy of Abdel Fattah al-Burhan then Deng Dau Deng, South Sudan acting minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation speaking to the press in Juba on Monday, May 8, 2023 | Credit | Ikilas Henry
The Sudan special Envoy to Juba says they have put their trust on South Sudan to mediate the peace talks between the two rival military forces led by generals Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the President of Sudan sovereign council; and his deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, the head of the Rapid Support Forces RSF because of their longtime relationship.
Amb Ali Dafalla Al-Haj, the special envoy of Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, reveals that the government of Sudan wants South Sudan to head and take part in the ceasefire deal because of their trust and their nearness to the country.
On April 16, 2023, the IGAD agreed to form a delegation that would be headed up by President Salva Kiir to mediate the peace between the warring parties.
Ali says just as President Kiir has called for an end to the war, their hope is to see the war is stopped but they want Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, the head of the Rapid Support Forces RSF, whom they claimed started the fighting to first lay down his weapons for everlasting peace in the country.
“I met president Salva Kiir and delivered to him a message from his counterpart President of Sudan Transitional sovereign Council Abdul Fatah Al Burhan. I told H.E President Kiir that all of us are calling for war to stop and the one who started the war must lay down the guns because the security of our citizens worries us and that’s why we first had to give chance for humanitarian support to people affected by war,’’ Ali stated.
“I also explained to President [Kiir] that we accepted the ceasefire for humanitarian reasons, and we want the Republic of South Sudan to be one of the participants in this ceasefire because the Republic of South Sudan is nearest to us and is one of our friends we trust.”
Meanwhile, Deng Dau Deng, South Sudan acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said President Kiir had assured and reaffirmed Juba’s commitment and position on peace and stability in Sudan.
Dau said the president mentioned that Sudan’s war does not need external solutions because resolving the conflict only relies on internal solutions.
“President Kiir cautioned those who want to interfere with the internal affairs of Sudan that it is an internal solution that will only resolve the current problem in Sudan,” Dau added.
At least 700 people have been killed in the fighting, which quickly spread beyond Khartoum to Darfur and elsewhere, according to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project. The Sudanese Doctors’ Union said 479 of the dead were civilians.