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Warring factions in Sudan agree to temporary ceasefire, say US-Saudi mediators


May 20, 2023

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sudan’s warring factions have agreed to a new ceasefire in the short term, U.S. and Saudi mediators announced Saturday, after several previous attempts to broker a standing truce failed.

Meeting in the Saudi port city of Jeddah, the Sudanese military and Rapid Support Forces signed a seven-day ceasefire that will take effect Monday at 9:45 p.m. local time in Sudan, the United States and Saudi Arabia said in a release. joint declaration. The ceasefire could be extended if both parties agree.

«Both sides have conveyed to the Saudi and American facilitators their commitment not to seek military advantage during the 48-hour notice period after the signing of the agreement and before the start of the ceasefire,» it said.

Talks in Jeddah had previously produced an agreement between the two parties to protect civilians and facilitate the flow of humanitarian assistance to those affected by the conflict. However, previous ceasefire agreements fell through amid allegations of violations by both.

“It is well known that the parties have previously announced ceasefires that have not been observed,” the US-Saudi statement said.

“Unlike previous ceasefires, the Agreement reached in Jeddah was signed by the parties and will be supported by a US-, Saudi- and internationally-supported ceasefire monitoring mechanism.”

The Oversight and Coordination Committee will be comprised of three representatives each from the US and Saudi Arabia and three representatives from each party.