Sudan’s RSF outlines its vision to end war

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Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) group has mapped out its vision to end the conflict between it and the country’s regular army, signalling a readiness for a negotiated settlement.

Its leader, Lt Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as Hemedti, issued a long statement on X (formerly Twitter) on 27 August to outline the group’s “vision for a comprehensive settlement to end the war and to build a new Sudan”.

It said in a statement any settlement to end the war “must set the country on the path to a full civilian rule based on democratic norms”.

It said the “solution must address the root causes of Sudan’s wars through a broad and inclusive dialogue involving all civil stakeholders”. and “must be directed towards achieving a lasting ceasefire”.

It added that “a new national and professional army” must be created in Sudan.

The statement came on the same day Sudan’s de-facto president and army chief, Lt Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, arrived in the eastern city of Port Sudan.

It was Gen Burhan’s first trip to the city, which has been spared the fighting so far, since the conflict erupted in mid-April.

Sudanese media have reported that he is expected to travel to Egypt and Saudi Arabia soon.