War in Sudan, agreement reached to protect civilians but no ceasefire

Khartoum’s regular army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group have agreed to protect civilians from the clashes that erupted on April 15, but are still far from an agreement for a ceasefire. This is the result of peace talks in Sudan underway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, described as difficult by an American diplomatic source quoted on condition of anonymity by the Guardian.

The agreement in Jeddah

“We affirm our commitment to always ensure the protection of civilians, allowing their safe and voluntary passage from areas where there are active hostilities to where they deem appropriate,” said a statement signed by the parties. Green light also for humanitarian assistance, while calls for greater availability of electricity, water and other basic services, the withdrawal of the security forces from hospitals and the ”respectful burial” of the dead.

“It’s not a ceasefire”

“This is not a ceasefire. This is an affirmation of their obligations under international humanitarian law, particularly with regards to the treatment of civilians and the need to create space for humanitarian workers to operate,” the US official said. “We cautiously hope that their willingness to sign this document will create a momentum that will force them to create space” to bring humanitarian aid, added the diplomat, admitting however that “the two sides are quite distant”.