African Union Peace and Security Council Addresses Sudan Conflict

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On June 21, 2024, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) convened an extraordinary meeting to address the escalating conflict in Sudan between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

The PSC resolution proposed an extraordinary AU summit to consider the situation in Sudan and tasked the AU Commission with determining the date and venue. The Council emphasized that a ceasefire required direct negotiations between the warring parties and established an Ad-hoc Presidential Committee to facilitate this process.

The president of Uganda met with US Special Envoy yesterday on the matter

 

The PSC urged the Transitional Sovereignty Council Chairman and RSF Commander to meet under the auspices of the AU and IGAD. Previous efforts by IGAD and the Saudi-US-led Jeddah process had failed due to accusations of bias and a demand for the RSF’s compliance with a 2023 agreement.

The Council commended the AU High-Level Panel on Sudan and IGAD for organizing an inclusive political dialogue in Addis Ababa from July 10-15, 2024. It also acknowledged Egypt’s ongoing dialogue efforts in Cairo.

The PSC called for an immediate ceasefire to end the humanitarian crisis and demanded humanitarian access and protection for aid workers. Notably, the Council tasked its Sub-Committee on Sanctions with identifying external actors supporting the warring factions and devising containment measures within three months.

 

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