By Abimbola Ogunnaike
After ten days of continuous fighting in Sudan, the United States has disclosed that warring factions had brokered a three-day ceasefire which would take effect as from today, Tuesday, 25 April, 2023.
U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken said in a statement issued on Monday, 24 April, 2023 that, “To support a durable end to the fighting, the United States will coordinate with regional and international partners and Sudanese civilian stakeholders to assist in creating a committee to oversee the negotiation, conclusion, and implementation of a permanent cessation of hostilities and humanitarian arrangements in Sudan”.
According to Blinken in the statement, the U.S. will work with Sudanese parties “toward the shared goal of a return to civilian government in Sudan.”
The development came as Nigeria said it would evacuate over 2,000 of its citizens from war-ridden Sudan on Tuesday.
The Director of Special Duties, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Onimode Bandele, in a Channels Television interview on Monday, 24 April, 2023 confirmed that Nigerians trapped in Sudan would be evacuated on Tuesday.
The fighting between factions, the Sudanese Army and the Rapid Support Forces has claimed hundreds in Sudan.
The Sudanese army, led by Abdelfattah al-Burhan, and the RSF, led by Mohamed “Hemedti” Hamdan Dagalo, are at war.
As the war between the two Generals escalated, countries evacuated their nationals from the region.
Earlier, fighting forces dashed hope of an Eid-el-fitr ceasefire.