WASHINGTON, APRIL 24, 2023 (THEJUBAMIRROR NEWS ]– US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that Sudan’s warring generals have agreed to a three-day ceasefire starting tonight, after previous bids to pause the conflict quickly disintegrated.
“Following intense negotiation over the past 48 hours, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have agreed to implement a nationwide ceasefire starting at midnight on April 24, to last for 72 hours,” he said in a statement just two hours before the ceasefire takes effects.
“During this period, the United States urges the [Sudan Armed Forces] and [Rapid Support Forces] to immediately and fully uphold the ceasefire,’ Blinken said.
Blinken said that the United States was also working with partners to set up a committee that would negotiate a permanent ceasefire in Sudan, where the conflict between rival generals descended into deadly violence 10 days ago.
Blinken met earlier Monday in Washington on the peace efforts with Kenya’s top diplomat and has held phone conversations with counterparts from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over the Sudan conflict.