Sudan: Statement by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the latest developments

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  • Press release
  • 19 April 2023
  • 22:30

The European Union (EU) and its Member States strongly condemn the ongoing fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces, which threatens the safety and security of the people of Sudan as well as the unity and stability of the country. The outbreak of hostilities undermines efforts to restore the transition towards a civilian-led democratic government. It also risks regional destabilisation.

The EU deplores the loss of lives and the violations of international law, including international human rights law and international humanitarian law, calling on all actors to comply with international humanitarian law and implement an immediate cessation of hostilities without pre-conditions.

The EU calls on all actors to allow and facilitate rapid and unimpeded humanitarian access, as well as to protect civilians and ensure safety of humanitarian personnel. The fighting must end to guarantee their protection and allow space for dialogue and mediation. In this context, the EU supports efforts for an immediate cessation of hostilities, which should serve as a first step to a permanent ceasefire agreement to be negotiated urgently, also in view of the upcoming Eid-al-Fitr celebration.

The EU recalls the importance of full respect for the integrity of diplomatic staff and premises under the Vienna Convention, and strongly appeals to the competent authorities to fully protect their security. The security of EU citizens must be ensured by all actors.

The EU will continue to actively engage with key partners to ensure that all parties give priority to silencing the guns, ending violence, de-escalating the situation and resolving political differences through dialogue. External actors should refrain from fueling the conflict.

The EU welcomes and supports collective regional and international coordinated mediation efforts, including those of the UN, AU, IGAD and the League of Arab States, which are essential to bring Sudan back to the path of peace and stability and to respect the aspirations of the people in Sudan for a peaceful, stable and democratic future.

The EU reaffirms its steadfast support and solidarity with the people of Sudan, especially women and youth who led a peaceful revolution three years ago. Their aspirations and requests for a better future will not be forgotten.