France deplores the continued fighting between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces in Sudan. It hails the five-day extension of the ceasefire which starts on May 29, as announced by the United States and Saudi Arabia, but regrets the many previous violations committed by the warring parties. France stresses that it is the two parties’ responsibility to ensure that their troops abide by the commitments signed in Jeddah to observe the cease fire and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.
Peace will sustainably return to Sudan only if all the Sudanese stakeholders are brought into the process. France calls on the parties to include Sudanese political factions and civil society groups in the discussions as quickly as possible in order to achieve a lasting ceasefire and a political resolution of the crisis.
In this regard, France reaffirms its full support for the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) and for Volker Perthes, the special representative of the UN secretary-general for Sudan and head of UNITAMS.