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South Sudan announces new truce

Juba, May 2 (Prensa Latina) The belligerents in Sudan accepted a truce of one week from next Thursday with the mediation of the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, assures today a statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of this country.

The chairman of the Sudanese Sovereign Transitional Sovereign Council, General Abdel Fattah al Burhan, and the leader of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, approved the cessation of hostilities and the appointment of delegates for peace talks, the statement said. It also specifies that South Sudan will be one of the venues for the meetings, the start date of which remains unknown, as does the agenda.

The South Sudanese announcement is a ray of light in the Sudanese conflict which, since its beginning 15 days ago, has claimed more than half a thousand dead and 4,600 wounded, whose attention is precarious due to the collapse of the health system because of the conflict itself, the lack of drinking water and the non-existence of electricity in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.

Meanwhile, the belligerents are accusing each other of breaking the cease-fire and, at the same time, claiming successes on the ground.

The spokesman of the RSF announced on social networks the downing of an army fighter-bomber, loyal to the CST president, whose sources have so far ignored the fact.

The reality is that, for the moment, there is no clear winner, not even one with an advantage, while each of the opponents maintains the oath to liquidate the other.

The most significant event of the day, apart from the storm of fire and iron that devastated Khartoum and the twin city of Omdurman, on the east bank of the Nile River, is the visit to Cairo, the Egyptian capital, of an envoy of General al Burhan, who met with Chancellor Sameh Shoukry.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry informed that the Foreign Minister received Dafallah Al Hajj Ali, representative of the President of the Sudanese Transitional Overshan Council, who delivered a message from al Burhan to the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi, the content of which was not disclosed.

Egypt and Sudan have common borders as well as a relationship that dates back to the time of the Pharaohs.


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