UN Chief Demands Sudan to Halt Fire During Ramadan

In a call for a cease-fire in Sudan for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated on Thursday that competing generals in the region had to put down their guns as the humanitarian situation in their nation has reached “colossal proportions.” Speaking to the Security Council during a meeting about the situation in Sudan, Guterres said, “I call on all parties in Sudan to honor the values of Ramadan by honoring a Ramadan cessation of hostilities.” Tomorrow is an early start to Ramadan. The end of hostilities must result in a complete ban on firearms throughout the nation and lay out a clear plan for the Sudanese people to live in sustainable peace, he continued.

 

He stated that the war poses a major threat to national unity and might spark instability “of dramatic proportions” throughout the area, extending from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea. General Abdel Fattah Burhan, the head of Sudan’s army, and Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the commander of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, clashed in April of last year. Following a coup in 2021, the two generals in Sudan’s transitional government were first comrades, but they soon developed a rivalry for control. Thousands of people have died as a result of the subsequent power struggle, which has also caused a severe crisis of displacement and widespread atrocities, especially against non-Arab communities in the country’s Darfur area. Additionally, hunger is at catastrophic proportions.

 

He stated that the parties must abide by the Jeddah Declaration, which demands that all communities, regardless of who controls the territory, have free access to help by land and air. He added that the United Nations’ efforts to reach millions in need had encountered many difficulties. Britain, which leads the 15-nation council’s discussions on Sudan, released a draft resolution that echoed the secretary-general’s request for a cease-fire and more access to aid. Deputy Ambassador James Kariuki addressed the council that “the situation in Sudan warrants a robust response from this council and increased attention from the international community.” We support the secretary-general’s request for an urgent cease-fire and implore all parties to permit unimpeded cross-border and cross-line access as the holy month of Ramadan draws near.

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