This is what we objected to in the “IGAD” initiative.

After revealing the threads of the initiative launched by aIntergovernmental Authority on Development in East Africa (IGAD) Yesterday, during the summit I held in Djibouti, in order to resolve the conflict that has been raging in Sudan between the army and the Rapid Support Forces for nearly two months, the official response came from Khartoum.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a statement today, Tuesday, that: Sudanese delegation He objected to Kenya presiding over the Quartet (comprised of Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Kenya) charged with pursuing efforts to reach a solution.

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He demanded that the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, be retained as Chairman of the Committee.

He also requested the deletion of any reference to the issue of IGAD mediation from the African House. The ministry stated that the delegation expressed its objection to these issues that were mentioned in the draft closing statement of the summit, given that they were not discussed and agreed upon, and demanded that they be deleted.

What did the IGAD initiative include?

The IGAD initiative had proposed the formation of a quartet committee headed by Kenya to follow up on the Sudanese file, and to organize a “face to face” meeting between the army commanders, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and the Rapid Support Forces, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the two parties to the conflict to find a permanent solution to the crisis, provided that the body begins within 3 weeks to conduct a national dialogue. Sudanese civil forces also to discuss the country’s crisis.

Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and Mohamed Hamdan Daglo Hamidti (AFP)

It also included a discussion of opening humanitarian corridors with the two parties to the conflict, and a meeting between Al-Burhan and the leaders of South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

However, sources in the Sovereignty Council headed by Al-Burhan ruled out yesterday that the latter would agree to the African proposal to hold a meeting with Hemedti.

It is noteworthy that the conflict that erupted between the two major military forces in the country, since April 15, resulted in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries, while chaos prevailed in many regions, especially Khartoum and the Darfur region, amid international fears that the flame of tension would spread if the war extended to neighboring countries. , or turn into a civil and tribal war.

While the dozens of previously announced truces between the two parties did not hold, as they were breached in the first hours of their entry into force despite the two sides’ pledge in the Jeddah negotiations to commit to protecting civilians, facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid and withdrawing from hospitals in an agreement signed on May 20.

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