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Guterres calls for an ‘immediate’ ceasefire

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for an “immediate” ceasefire in Sudan, following the upsurge in violence that erupted on Saturday between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Support Forces. fast (FSR).

In a statement to the media, the UN Secretary General used strong words to react to the armed clashes leading to instability in the country.

“I strongly condemn the fighting taking place in Sudan and call on the leaders of the Rapid Support Forces and the Sudanese Armed Forces to immediately cease hostilities, restore calm and start a dialogue to resolve the crisis,” he said. he declares.

Urging to press for peace and support efforts to end violence, restore order and return to the path of transition, Antonio Guterres warned against “any further escalation that could be devastating for the country and the region.

He also underlined the “catastrophic” humanitarian situation in the country, especially since the start of the clashes. Before this violence, already a third of the population was considered to be in a situation of acute food insecurity. Nearly 15 million people are affected.

Due to the dangerous security situation, World Food Program (WFP) operations in the country have been temporarily suspended. The UN agency spoke of threats to its teams preventing them from operating safely and effectively.

According to the Union of Doctors in Sudan, around 100 civilians have been killed in the ongoing clashes between the army and the paramilitary force.



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