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Speech by the Chairman of the Sovereignty Council at the IGAD Summit in Djibouti

Al-Burhan: The top priority for a peaceful solution to the Sudanese crisis is to adhere to the Jeddah Declaration on humanitarian principles and cease-fire.

Djibouti, December 9, 2023

The Chairman of the Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant General Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, emphasized that the top priority for a peaceful resolution of the Sudanese crisis is to adhere to the Jeddah Declaration on humanitarian principles and to cease-fire. This should be followed by the removal of any obstacles hindering the delivery of humanitarian aid, leading to a comprehensive political process based on sincere national will. The aim is to achieve national consensus on the management of the transitional period and the conduct of general elections.

In his speech at the extraordinary summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government in Djibouti, attended by regional and international participants, Al-Burhan stated that the signing of the Jeddah Declaration on humanitarian principles in May 2023 was a real and early opportunity to peacefully end the Sudanese crisis. However, the rebels’ lack of commitment to the agreement demonstrated their lack of political will to halt the war against the state and citizens.

Al-Burhan acknowledged the potential role of IGAD in achieving peace in Sudan and expressed readiness to explore peaceful solutions despite unprecedented attacks by rebel militias. He highlighted the dangers of external interventions, including the continuous supply of weapons and the influx of mercenaries from neighboring countries, contributing to the prolongation of the war and further atrocities.

The Chairman reiterated his commitment to a peaceful resolution, welcoming sincere efforts from IGAD, neighboring countries, and Jeddah’s platform to stop the bloodshed. He emphasized the need for the rebel forces to adhere to the Jeddah Declaration, evacuate civilian areas, cease hostilities, and gather in agreed-upon locations. Additionally, obstacles to urgent humanitarian assistance should be removed, and the looted property should be returned to the citizens.

Al-Burhan concluded by stating that the next steps should include initiating a comprehensive political process based on national will, safeguarding Sudan’s sovereignty, rejecting foreign interference, and ensuring accountability for unprecedented crimes committed by rebels. He expressed hope that IGAD could play a fundamental role in achieving these goals.

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