Ceasefire Talks Attempting To End Conflict In Sudan

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Conflict In Sudan: Ceasefire talks are underway in Sudan, nearly a month after conflict broke out. Sara Sinada says of both groups, “not a single ceasefire” had been upheld since the start of the conflict. Sudanese citizens are cautiously optimistic about the Saudi- and U.S.-brokered peace talks in Jeddah. Analysts have advised caution on the outcome.

KHARTOUM MAY 11: Ceasefire talks are underway in Sudan, nearly a month after conflict broke out, resulting in the deaths of hundreds and the displacement of thousands. Plan International Australia Disaster Response Manager Sara Sinada says of both groups, “not a single ceasefire” had been upheld since the start of the conflict.

– “Since the beginning of the war, we’ve been hearing about ceasefires, but there’s also been a lot of people getting killed during those hours of ceasefires,” she told Sky News Australia. The United States is “cautiously optimistic” about securing a truce to deliver humanitarian aid to the country, a Department of State official has said. Also Sudanese citizens are cautiously optimistic about the Saudi- and U.S.-brokered peace talks in Jeddah.

But thousands of Sudanese are still trying to flee the country, and analysts are skeptical that any deal between the two sides will bring long-term peace.

The Sudan Tribune reported Sunday that the army negotiators have made three demands: unconditional withdrawal of the Rapid Support Forces from Khartoum, an extension of a humanitarian truce, and the integration of the RSF into the Sudanese army within two years.

The newspaper said, “It’s not clear how the RSF negotiators will respond to these demands.” Sudanese citizens are watching the talks in Jeddah with a mix of hope and skepticism.

Analysts have advised caution on the outcome, noting the presence of hardliners in the delegations and recent RSF territorial gains that may dissuade the powerful militia from concessions now.

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