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Sudan military faction chiefs agree May 4-11 truce in principle – Times of India

Khartoum : Sudan’s warring military factions agreed on Tuesday in principle to a sevenday ceasefire from Thursday, South Sudan announced, as more air strikes and shooting in the Khartoum region disrupted the latest short-term truce.
Astatement released by the foreign ministry of South Sudan, which had offered to mediate in the conflict, said its President Salva Kiir stressed the importance of a longer truce and of naming envoys to peace talks, to which both sides had agreed. The credibility of the reported May 4-11 deal ceasefire deal between Sudanese army chief General Abdel Fattah alBurhan and paramilitary Rapid Support forces (RSF) leader General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo was unclear, given the rampant violations that undermined previous agreements running from 24 to 72 hours.
Sudan’s war has forced 1,00,000 people to flee over its borders and fighting now its third week is creating a humanitarian crisis, UN officials said earlier on Tuesday. The conflict risks developing into a broader disaster as Sudan’s impoverished neighbours deal with a refugee crunch and fighting hampers aid deliveries in a nation where twothirds of the people already rely on some outside assistance. United Nations officials had said UN aid chief Martin Griffiths aimed to visit Sudan on Tuesday but the timing was still to be confirmed.

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