Today, Thursday, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, appealed to the parties to the conflict in Sudan to cease fire for at least 3 days, on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.
And the Secretary-General of the United Nations called for the need to allow the besieged civilians to obtain treatment and basic supplies, and to protect the workers of the international organizations in Sudan.
Today, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, held a video meeting dedicated to the situation in Sudan with the President of the African Union, Ghazali El-Othmani, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, and the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (EGAD), and Workneh Gebeho.
Guterres called for the meeting after a phone call with Kenyan President William Ruto, and a call he had with the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Musa Faki Mahamat.
Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters that the meeting will include the chairman of the African Union, the secretary-general of the League of Arab States, the executive secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and other relevant organizations.
The spokesperson said that the Secretary-General spoke earlier today with both Kenyan President William Ruto and Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Musa Faki Mahamat, and will continue to make phone calls today in an effort to secure a 24-hour ceasefire between the fighting forces in Sudan.
The representative of the Secretary-General in Sudan, Volker Peretz, continues to communicate with the parties and with the main Sudanese leaders and member states in an effort to secure an immediate end to the fighting and work to secure a 24-hour ceasefire, according to Dujarric.
He said that the continued heavy fighting in Sudan has dire consequences for Sudanese civilians, UN staff and other members of the international community.
“We assure the parties to the conflict that they must respect international law. They have an obligation to protect civilians and to ensure the safety and security of all United Nations and associated personnel as well as their premises and our assets. Besieged civilians must be able to receive assistance, access essential supplies and evacuate to safer areas as needed,” the spokesperson said. .