The fighting intensified recently after the end of the ceasefire, after talks to extend it, mediated by Saudi Arabia and the United States, broke down on Friday.
Activists have pointed to the outbreak of new violence in North Darfur state, which has claimed the lives of at least 40 people, as the rainy season threatens to exacerbate the humanitarian crisis.
Bueno highlighted a number of points regarding the European Union’s position on efforts to end the current conflict, saying:
From the first day of the conflict, the European Union mobilized its entire diplomatic apparatus. Our short-term objective is to contribute to a lasting ceasefire that allows civilians to find safety and humanitarian actors to save their lives and provide the necessary assistance. We are working with our partners to create a broad coalition in this regard and to follow a unified approach. In this context, we welcomed and supported unified and collectively coordinated mediation efforts at regional and international levels, and we fully support the idea of African leadership organizing these efforts. We reaffirm our support for the African Union’s roadmap to resolve the conflict in Sudan and commend the work of the African Union to establish an expanded mechanism and its core team to ensure comprehensive and coordinated regional and international action to to ensure a viable peace process and the resumption of the transition to civilian rule and democracy in Sudan. The main priority now is to work on a unified mediation platform that can lead to the ceasefire and return to civilian rule that the Sudanese people have been calling for since the 2019 revolution. European Union Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Annette Weber, visited the capitals of the Gulf; Last week he included Saudi Arabia for consultations on Sudan. We want to come back to support the Sudanese transition to democracy, and for that, the war must end.
Collapse of the armistice
Talks aimed at brokering a ceasefire agreement between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces broke down on Friday. The bloody conflict has caused a major humanitarian crisis in Sudan, in which more than 1.2 million people have been internally displaced and 400,000 have fled to neighboring countries, and it threatens to destabilize the entire region. Fighting broke out in several other areas, including central and southern Khartoum and Bahri. Outside the capital, fighting has broken out in the western region of Darfur, which is already reeling from protracted conflict and severe humanitarian crises.
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