The pinnacle of Sudan’s military has informed the BBC he’s prepared to speak to the commander of insurgent forces whom he’s battling for management of the nation.
Basic Abdel Fattah al-Burhan stated he was prepared in precept to sit down down with Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, chief of the Speedy Assist Forces (RSF).
The 2 males have been combating a brutal inner struggle since April, which the UN says has left extra 5,000 folks useless.
It says that greater than 5 million folks have been displaced.
Gen Burhan – who seized energy in a coup in 2021 – was talking to the BBC in a uncommon interview after addressing the UN Basic Meeting in New York.
He heads the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and is on a world diplomatic tour looking for worldwide help and a few sort of legitimacy for his management, regardless of his failure at hand energy to civilian authorities.
The final denied his forces have been focusing on civilians – regardless of the UN and charities saying there may be proof they’re launching indiscriminate air strikes on residential areas.
He stated he was assured of victory, however admitted he had been pressured to relocate his headquarters to Port Sudan as a result of the combating within the capital Khartoum had made it inconceivable for presidency to proceed.
Gen Burhan stated he would sit down with Gen Dagalo – often called Hemedti – so long as he abided by commitments to guard civilians, made by either side throughout talks in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in Might.
“We’re prepared to have interaction in negotiations,” Gen Burhan stated.
“If the management of those mutinous forces has the will to return to its senses and pull its troops out of the residential areas and return to its barracks, then we are going to sit with any of them… Every time he commits to what was agreed in Jeddah, we are going to sit to resolve this drawback.”
In a video message this week, Hemedti additionally claimed he was prepared for political talks.
Each generals have talked about ceasefires earlier than – however to this point that has not led to any lessening within the combating.
Gen Burhan denied Sudan would change into a failed state like Somalia – or a divided nation like Libya.
“Sudan will stay united. Sudan will stay a state intact, not a failed state. We do not need what occurred within the different international locations you talked about. The Sudanese folks at the moment are united behind one trigger, ending this mutiny peacefully or by fight,” he stated.
The UN has stated that neither warring celebration seems near a decisive navy victory.
Gen Burhan stated he was “positively” assured of defeating the RSF. However he admitted the combating had pressured him out of the capital.
“In Khartoum, diplomatic missions, the ministries and all authorities organs can’t perform their duties as regular,” he stated. “As a result of it’s a struggle zone, there are snipers and navy operations happening. That’s the reason no entity can now work in Khartoum.”
There’s widespread proof that civilians in Sudan are dying in indiscriminate air strikes carried out by Gen Burhan’s forces in residential areas, notably in Khartoum. However the normal denied civilians have been being intentionally focused.
“This isn’t right,” he stated.
“There are fabrications of some tales by the insurgent forces, they bomb civilians and movie it as if it was the armed forces. We’re skilled forces, we work with precision and choose our targets in areas the place solely the enemy is current. We do not bomb civilians and we do not goal residential areas.”
The previous UN particular consultant to Sudan, Volker Perthes, informed the Safety Council earlier this month that “typically indiscriminate aerial bombing is performed by those that have an air pressure, which is the SAF”.
The struggle in Sudan has reignited bitter tribal battle, particularly in Darfur within the west, the place the RSF and supportive militias have been accused of mass killings, rape and torture.