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Kenya and South Sudan call for a cease-fire amid fighting in Sudan


NAIROBI, April 16 (IANS) Kenya and South Sudan have called for an immediate ceasefire in Sudan as the army and a paramilitary group are locked in fierce fighting.

Kenyan President William Ruto and his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir, in separate statements, urged the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary group, to embrace dialogue to solve their problems, Xinhua news agency reported. .

“Kenya is concerned about the development of the crisis in Sudan. In a statement issued on Saturday in Kenya, Ruto said, “I appeal to all parties to address any differences through peaceful means for the security of the people of Sudan and the stability of the country and the region, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.” The capital, Nairobi.

He said the outbreak of violence would only reverse the gains Sudan had made at the expense of its lasting peace and prosperity. Ruto said Kenya, the East African bloc and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) are ready and ready to contribute to resolving this crisis.

The statement came as clashes erupted between the two parties on Saturday in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. The paramilitary Rapid Support Group says its units have taken control of the presidential palace and Khartoum International Airport, along with another airport and military base north of the capital.

However, SAF spokesman Brigadier General Nabil Abdullah denied the allegations, saying that it had taken control of the RSF leadership “without resistance” and had bombed RSF bases, chasing down paramilitary units.

For his part, Deng Dau Deng, South Sudan’s Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said President Kiir is following developments in neighboring Sudan with great concern.

Deng said Kiir is in constant contact with Sudan’s leaders to calm the current situation. “The Republic of South Sudan, which is the closest country to Sudan, expresses its hope that the current situation will end quickly,” he said in a statement issued in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

Deng said that Juba, which brokered the Sudan peace agreement, remains a major guarantor of this agreement and called for an immediate ceasefire and the start of talks to resolve the relevant issues that led to the current situation.

– Jans

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