Al-Burhan: We Welcome All Negotiations that Achieve Peace in Sudan
Sudan’s Pursuit for Lasting Peace
In a recent interview with Saudi media, Sudanese army chief Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan pledged that Sudan is ready to form a civilian government for managing transitional phases once the country’s war ends. “All negotiations that achieve peace in Sudan are welcome,” he stated, reflecting a sense of hope and determination for resolution.
Role Allocation in Sudan’s Contention
The head of the Sudanese sovereignty Council, addressing the persisting contention, accused the Rapid Support Forces of employing many mercenaries, further alleging their involvement in criminal activities. Al-Burhan confirmed that the Sudanese army’s constitutional responsibility is to protect Sudan, denying any involvement of the Sudanese army in criminal activities. He stressed on the strategy of adopting a limited fight for preserving state property. “If the war continues, the Armed Forces will inevitably win,” he warned.
International Criminal Court’s Involvement
On the side-lines of his participation in the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Al-Burhan met with Karim Khan, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. He affirmed the government’s concern for justice regarding ongoing and previous crimes committed in Darfur.
Reflecting on the ongoing state of affairs, Khan stated that the current crimes seem to be an extension of what was committed in Darfur about 20 years ago. He made known his intention to expand the investigations to include Chad and some areas in Sudan, expressing his willingness to interact with Sudanese authorities in the service of justice.
The Conflict and Desire for Peace
In mid-April, a war broke out between the Sudanese military and the Rapid Support Forces over plans to integrate the latter into the Army, part of a political transition ensuing the overthrow of long-time President Omar al-Bashir, in a popular uprising. This struggle has led to the loss of thousands of lives and displacement of millions of civilians.
Al-Burhan recently revealed his preference for a peaceful resolution to this conflict and has asked neighboring countries to refrain from sending mercenaries to support the Rapid Support forces. The quest for peace in Sudan extends to the international stage with Al-Burhan stating, “Every War ends in peace, whether peace through negotiations or by force, and we are moving along the same two paths, and our preferred path is the path of negotiations…”
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