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Qatar welcomes the Security Council’s adoption of a ceasefire resolution in Sudan during Ramadan

By Manal Abdel Fattah

Qatar welcomed the Security Council’s adoption of a resolution by majority calling for an immediate ceasefire in Sudan, during the holy month of Ramadan, as it said it was an important step towards resolving the Sudanese crisis through peaceful means.

The Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that the catastrophic humanitarian repercussions of the armed conflict in brotherly Sudan require the combined efforts of all parties to protect civilians, facilitate the complete and unhindered entry of relief aid, and adherence to the principles and rules of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

The Ministry also stressed the necessity of dialogue between all Sudanese parties in order to permanently stop the military conflict, in preparation for launching broad negotiations that will ultimately lead to a comprehensive agreement and sustainable peace.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated the State of Qatar’s firm position in support of the unity, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sudan, rejecting any form of interference in its internal affairs, and fully respecting the choices of its brotherly people for freedom, peace, justice and prosperity.

The UN Security Council called on Friday for an “immediate” ceasefire in Sudan during the month of Ramadan, as the situation in the country deteriorates, with millions of people threatened by famine.
Fourteen countries supported a draft resolution proposed by Britain, on which Russia abstained, calling for “an immediate cessation of hostilities before Ramadan” and asking “all parties to the conflict to search for a lasting solution through dialogue.”
The resolution also calls on both parties to the conflict to “allow full, rapid, safe and unimpeded humanitarian access, including across borders and across front lines” and urges them to protect civilians.
On Thursday, during a Council meeting, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued an appeal to “all parties in Sudan to respect the values ​​of Ramadan by ceasing hostilities.”
“The cessation of hostilities must permanently silence the weapons throughout the country and chart a firm path towards lasting peace for the Sudanese people,” Guterres added, warning of a humanitarian crisis of “massive proportions” and looming famine.
The ongoing fighting since April 15, 2023 between the Sudanese army led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the Rapid Support Forces led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti), the former second-in-command in the military authority, has led to the deaths of thousands of Sudanese and the displacement of about 8 million others.

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