Sudan: Ceasefire Partially Respected: UN Condemns Attacks on Civilians

By | April 30, 2023

The special envoy and head of the United Nations mission in Sudan condemned Tuesday night, addressing the Security Council, that the warring factions in the northeastern African state “disregard the law of war” by launching attacks against populated areas regardless of their destination. civilians

“The two warring parties are fighting in defiance of the law and the rules of war, attacking densely populated areas, showing little concern for civilians, hospitals or even vehicles transporting the wounded and sick,” Volker Pertes stressed.

The 72-hour ceasefire agreement announced by the US Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, or “Hameti”, head of the paramilitary Rapid Support Force (RSF), was only partially observed in Khartoum.

But in the capital, the fighting around “strategic places” not only “continued” but in some cases “intensified”, stressed Pertes, who spoke from Port Sudan (east), where the UN hastily transferred part of its mission personnel.

“There is currently no clear indication that either (general) is really ready to negotiate, which suggests that both believe that military dominance over the other side is still possible,” the German diplomat continued.

sudan will be lost

This is a “miscalculation,” added the special envoy, who will take office in 2021. “Even if either side wins, Sudan will lose,” he insisted.

The war that broke out in Sudan on April 15 “is causing a humanitarian disaster” and “the citizens are paying the price,” Pertes stressed.

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in describing ten “heartbreaking” days of “violence and chaos”, reiterated his concern about the generalization and expansion of the armed conflict.

“Sudan’s seven neighboring countries have been involved in widespread conflict or political unrest for the past decade,” he recalled.

“The conflict for power in Sudan not only threatens the future of the country. It ignites a spark that could explode beyond its borders, causing enormous suffering for years and retarding development for decades,” warned Mr. Guterres.

The country of 46 million people with a subsoil rich in gold and oil remains one of the poorest in the world.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 460 people have been killed and more than 4,100 injured since the fighting broke out. The actual death toll is believed to be much higher.

Air strikes and artillery shelling continued, especially in the cities of Bahri and Omdurman.

As food and water supplies run out, there are many reports of break-ins, looting and theft, especially of vehicles.

“We have also received very worrying information about sexual assaults,” according to Volker Pertes.

At the same time, foreign countries continue operations to quickly remove their nationals and diplomats.

Health services were already under enormous pressure and, as if that were not enough, a Red Cross medical supply warehouse was looted, said the representative of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Sudan. , Farid Aiwar. Which means that restocking health facilities, already facing severe shortages, becomes even more difficult.

Operations for the Greeks continue

At the same time, ten other people, Greeks and members of their families, were released from Sudan and arrived last night, on German plane flights, in Amman, Jordan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias expressed his warm thanks to his German counterpart, Analena Berbock, for her country’s assistance in the efforts to liberate the Greeks and their relatives from Sudan.

A total of 53 people (Greeks and their relatives) have been released in recent days, while operations continue. It is estimated that around 80 expatriates remain stranded.

Source: Reuters, APE-MPE

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