Commander said Sudanese army Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan There is “no reconciliation or agreement” with Rapid Support Forcesexpressing his rejection of the agreement signed between these forces and Sudanese political groups.
According to a video recording broadcast by the Sovereignty Council media, on his Facebook page, Al-Burhan pledged to continue the war that has been going on for 9 months, and accused the Rapid Support of committing “war crimes and crimes against humanity.”
He said, “All of Sudan and the whole world witnessed the ugly and heinous crimes committed by the rebels and their supporters in West Darfur state and in all parts of Sudan,” so we have no reconciliation with them, and we have no agreement with them.
In front of a number of officers and soldiers in the city of Jebit (east), Al-Burhan added, “Our battle continues, and the battle to recover any site desecrated by the feet of traitors (in reference to the Rapid Support) we will restore,” stressing that the Rapid Support Forces “do not want good for the country,” accusing them of “ Looting and robbing citizens.
Al-Burhan’s speech came in conjunction with an external tour of the Rapid Support Commander, Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo (My praiseIt included Djibouti, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, and Rwanda, which it arrived earlier today, Friday.
Chairman of the Sovereignty Council and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces from the Infantry Institute and the Non-Commissioned Officers Institute:
▪︎ I salute the popular resistance and we will take the initiative to arm and organize it to defend itself and its homeland… pic.twitter.com/4z8SJu7T9X
– Sudanese Armed Forces (@SudaneseAF) January 5, 2024
We welcome dialogue
In this context, Al-Burhan called on some politicians, whom he did not name, to stay away from Hemedti. He called on the political forces for dialogue, provided that it was in Sudan, saying, “We welcome dialogue with politicians and those who call for an end to the war.”
Al-Burhan's speech comes ahead of an expected meeting during the coming period in Djibouti with Hemedti, which is the first of its kind since the outbreak of the war, and may pave the way for an agreement to merge the army and rapid support, and the possibility of resolving the crisis, if the two parties make concessions without preconditions, according to observers.
Last Tuesday, the Coordination of Democratic Civilian Forces in Sudan (Taqaddum) and the Rapid Support Forces signed a joint political declaration that included understandings between them to form a “joint committee to end the war.”
Since mid-April 2023, the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces have been fighting a war that has left more than 12,000 dead and more than 6 million displaced and refugees, according to the United Nations.
The conflict expanded with the Rapid Support announcement on December 18 of last year, of its control over the city of Wad Madani, the capital of Gezira State, after battles with the army that lasted about 4 days, in the state bordering Khartoum from the south, which is considered to have a high population density, and was a destination for displaced people. From the fighting in Khartoum.