AU Calls for Ceasefire, Inclusive Dialogue in Sudan

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AU Calls for Ceasefire, Inclusive Dialogue in Sudan


Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa



The African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) has issued a strong condemnation of the ongoing war in Sudan, demanding an immediate ceasefire and calling for an inclusive political dialogue to resolve the conflict. The call came during the 1218th PSC meeting held at the level of Heads of State and Government, where the situation in Sudan was the primary focus.


The PSC expressed grave concern over the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Sudan, highlighting the indiscriminate killings of civilians, destruction of vital infrastructure, and the suffering of millions caught in the crossfire. The Council also warned of the potential for ethnic and communal tensions to escalate further if the conflict continues.


“There is no viable and sustainable military solution to the conflict,” the Communique stated. “Only a genuine inclusive dialogue can lead to a sustainable solution to the current situation.”


The PSC urged the warring parties, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), to prioritize the interests of Sudan and its people, granting humanitarian access and protection to aid workers. The Council also condemned external interference in the conflict, calling for all actors to cease military and financial support to the belligerents.


To facilitate a ceasefire and dialogue, the PSC directed the Chairperson of the AU Commission to establish a Presidential Committee comprising one Head of State from each region of the continent. This committee, led by Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, will facilitate face-to-face engagements between the leaders of the SAF and RSF.


The PSC also welcomed ongoing efforts by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the League of Arab States, and neighboring countries to promote peace in Sudan. The Council expressed appreciation for the efforts of the Arab Republic of Egypt to facilitate dialogue among Sudanese actors, scheduled to be held in Cairo in early July.


The Communique concluded by proposing the convening of an extraordinary summit of the AU to further address the situation in Sudan. The PSC also requested the AU Commission to transmit the Communique to the African members of the UN Security Council to ensure coordinated efforts in resolving the crisis.


The PSC’s strong stance and call for a ceasefire and inclusive dialogue are a significant step towards ending the conflict in Sudan. However, the success of these efforts will depend on the willingness of the warring parties to engage in good faith and prioritize the well-being of the Sudanese people.