KHARTOUM: Sudan’s warring military factions on Tuesday agreed in principle to a seven-day ceasefire from Thursday, South Sudan said, as more air strikes and gunfire in the Khartoum area derailed the latest short-term truce.
According to the statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Sudan, which offered to mediate in the conflict, its President Salva Kiir stressed the importance of a longer truce and the appointment of envoys for peace talks, which were agreed upon by the two sides. The credibility of the reported May 4-11 ceasefire agreement between Sudan’s army chief, Major General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the commander of the Rapid Support Forces, Major General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, is not clear given the rampant violations that undermined previous agreements that lasted from 24 to 72 hours. .
UN officials said earlier on Tuesday that Sudan’s war has forced 1,00,000 people to flee across its borders, and that the fighting is now in its third week causing a humanitarian crisis. The conflict risks developing into a wider disaster as Sudan’s impoverished neighbors deal with a refugee crisis and fighting impedes aid delivery in a country where two-thirds of the population already depends on some foreign aid. UN officials said UN aid coordinator Martin Griffiths aims to visit Sudan on Tuesday, but the date has yet to be confirmed.


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