The United Nations’ envoy, Volker Perthes, in Sudan is stepping down. “I have had the privilege to serve as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan for more than two and a half years. I am grateful to the Secretary-General for that opportunity and for his confidence in me, but I have asked him to relieve me of this duty.

KHARTOUM SEPTEMBER 15: The United Nations’ top envoy in Sudan is stepping down, four months after being told by the government to leave. In parting remarks, he criticized Sudan’s military and the rebel Rapid Support Forces, or RSF.

The envoy said there is “little doubt about who is responsible for what” in the conflict.

– “Often indiscriminate aerial bombing is conducted by those who have an air force, which is the Sudan Armed Forces,” Perthes said. “Most of the sexual violence, lootings and killings happen in areas controlled by the RSF and are conducted or tolerated by the RSF and their allies.”

Perthes said both sides are arbitrarily arresting, detaining and even torturing and executing civilians.

– “We need to impress on the warring parties that they cannot operate with impunity, and there will be accountability for the crimes committed,” he said.

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Source: VOA News

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