GOOBJOOG NEWS | MOGADISHU: IGAD Heads of states have expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in Sudan after fighting broke out on Saturday morning.
The fighting between the Sudan Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces broke out in different parts of Khartoum, Merowe and Darfur among other parts of the country.
The leaders noted with concern the numerous civilian casualties and extensive destruction of property which have been caused by the fighting and called on the two sides to immediately and unconditionally cease hostilities, de-escalate tensions and allow unfettered humanitarian access and ensure Sudanese citizens observe the holy month of Ramadan in peace.
They noted that the civilian and military signatories of the Political Framework Agreement entered on 5th December 2022 including the Sudanese Armed Forces and the RSF have made commendable progress in the past few months towards the signing of a final political agreement that paves the way to the formation of a transitional government.
They further urged civilian parties and stakeholders in the Republic of Sudan to engage in assisting the cessation of fighting and return to the negotiation table in consultation and coordination with the Trilateral Mechanism and called on the signatories to the Political Framework Agreement together with other key non-signatory forces to resolve outstanding sticky issues and set a new date for the signing of a final agreement and formation of a civilian-led transitional government.
The leaders including; William Ruto of Kenya, Salva Kiir of South Sudan, Hassan Sheikh Mohammed of the Federal Republic of Somalia and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda was moderated by Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu the Executive Secretary of IGAD.
- By Fauxile Kibet