Representatives of Sudan’s Warring Parties Sign a Declaration of Commitment to Protect Civilians
The representatives of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF’s) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF’s) on May 11, 2023, signed a Declaration of Commitment to Protect the Civilians of Sudan in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
This was announced by The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America through the office of the Spokesperson on the same date.
It should be noted that the Declaration of Commitment recognizes the obligations of both sides under international humanitarian and human rights law to facilitate humanitarian action to meet the emergency needs of civilians.
It will as well guide the conduct of the two forces to enable the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance, the restoration of essential services, the withdrawal of forces from hospitals and clinics, and the respectful burial of the dead.
Following the signing, the Jeddah Talks will focus on reaching an agreement on an effective ceasefire of up to approximately ten days to facilitate these activities of which the security measures will include a U.S.- Saudi and international-supported ceasefire monitoring mechanism.
Meanwhile, in line with the step-by-step approach agreed upon by the parties, the Jeddah Talks will address proposed arrangements for subsequent talks, with Sudanese civilians, and regional and international partners- on a permanent cessation of hostilities.
Perhaps, in consultation with the SAFs and the RSFs, the facilitators look forward to discussions with Sudanese civilians and regional and international partners about participation in subsequent rounds of talks.
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