Guterres spoke at the Sudanese session of the UN Security Council.
Guterres stated that the conflict in Sudan must be ended urgently and called on all parties in the conflict to “silence the guns”.
Guterres stated that the leaders in Sudan should prioritize the interests of the people and said, “This problem cannot and should not be solved on the battlefield with the corpses of the Sudanese people.”
Guterres, who warned that the power struggle in Sudan not only puts the future of the country at risk, but may also trigger cross-border conflict, pointed out that in such a case, decades of progress will be lost and cause serious pain.
Guterres, underlining that the parties must comply with the 72-hour ceasefire provided by the USA, called on all member states to make efforts to reduce tensions and return to the negotiating table.
“The parties are not ready to sit at the negotiating table”
Volker Perthes, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Sudan, stated that the 72-hour ceasefire was generally followed, but there were occasional clashes.
Noting that the parties accused each other of violating the ceasefire, Perthes said that approximately 1,200 people, including 744 UN personnel, had moved to Port Sudan.
Noting that the parties are in conflict, ignoring the laws and values, areas where civilians are found, hospitals and the elderly are targeted, he said that these could be war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Pointing out that the parties are not ready to sit at the negotiating table, Perthes stated that he believes that both sides can achieve a military victory and that this is a miscalculation.
conflicts in Sudan
Armed clashes broke out between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary force HDK on the morning of April 15 in the capital of Sudan, Khartoum and other cities.
The disagreement between the army and the HDK regarding the military security reform, which envisages “the full participation of the HDK in the army”, had turned into a hot conflict in the last few months.
The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the Sovereignty Council Chairman and Army Commander General Abdulfettah al-Burhan decided to dissolve the HDK, which clashed with the army, and to declare a rebel force against the state, and that it would act on this basis.
WHO announced that 459 people have lost their lives and 4,071 people have been injured in clashes since April 15 in the capital Khartoum and other cities.