Sudanese paramilitary leader Hemedti speaks with civilian leaders

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Sudanese paramilitary leader Hemedti speaks with civilian leaders


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Commander of the Sudan Rapid Support Paramilitary Forces, General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo (Hemedti).

Leaders of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), one of the warring parties in Sudan accused of brutality, held talks on Sunday with civilian political movements seeking peace.

The leader of RSF, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo “Hemedti”, met, on New Year’s Eve, with the leaders of the Committee of Civil Democratic Forces (Taqaddum) in the Ethiopian capital, a sign of a rapprochement between the two camps at odds over the country’s transition plan.

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Hemedti’s meeting with civilian leaders led by former Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok continues his recent shuttle diplomacy with trips outside the country since the start of the war.

Hamdok is the leader of the Civil Front for Democracy, one of the Committee’s group movements that advocates for immediate civilian-led governance.

He served as Prime Minister of the transitional government until October 2021, when he and his administration were removed, incidentally by Hemedti and his then ally, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the Sudanese armed forces.

This meeting could bear witness to the maneuvers undertaken by Hemedti to reach out to groups opposed to the power of the RSF and the Sudanese Armed Forces.

Its RSF, like the Sudanese Armed Forces, have been accused by rights groups of committing atrocities against civilians. In December, the US State Department said it had found evidence of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including ethnic cleansing and rape, during the nine-month war.

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On Wednesday, Hemedti is expected to hold his first face-to-face meeting with Sudanese Armed Forces chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who still considers himself Sudan’s legitimate leader despite seizing power in a coup. State in 2021.

The civil group had said on Sunday that its delegation would meet with Hemedti in Ethiopia, but indicated that it was seeking an audience with Burhan and Hemedti to end the violence.

A statement posted on Facebook by the Forces of Freedom and Change, one of the civil group’s movements, said the civil movements had written letters to them for urgent meetings “to discuss issues of protection of civilians, provision humanitarian aid and ways to stop.” war through peaceful negotiations.

The Committee also confirmed that it was in contact with Burhan officials for an imminent meeting, but did not indicate the location or time.

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Hamdok revealed last week that he had requested an urgent meeting to consult on ways to end the war since both sides had previously expressed agreement to negotiate and hold consultations to reach a peaceful solution to the conflict.

The Committee presented a four-pronged suggestion to resolve the country’s widespread crisis. This begins with a ceasefire, opening safe pathways for the population, addressing the humanitarian crisis and engaging in a political process that includes security and military reform, transitional justice issues and institutional reconstruction of state agencies.

The Coordination Committee announced its support for the Jeddah Negotiating Platform, led by the United States and Saudi Arabia and supported by the African Union initiative which includes six focus areas.

This includes; a permanent ceasefire and transform Khartoum into a demilitarized cantonment of forces from both sides of the fighting at a distance of at least 50 kilometers from Khartoum, deploying African forces to guard the strategic institutions of the capital and attacking the poor humanitarian conditions resulting from the war.

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This also involves involving police and security forces in the process of securing public facilities and initiating a political process aimed at resolving the crisis once and for all.

It should be noted that the violent fighting between the army and Rapid Support broke out after weeks of tension, due to disagreements over plans to integrate Rapid Support into the ranks of the army, at a time when the soldiers and civilians ignited the powder. final touches to an internationally supported political process.

The United States and European Union countries welcomed the current efforts of the coalition.

US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said on X that his country welcomes the efforts of Sudanese civilian actors to come together to begin a comprehensive process to restore the civilian transition.

The “Taqaddum” coordination was established last October and is considered the broadest alliance since the formation of the 2018 Revolutionary Alliance.

The mediators argued that long-term peace in Sudan can only be achieved if the warring parties as well as all political movements come to the table.

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