Chinese embassy urges Sudanese warring parties to cease hostilities

Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan Ma Qiang on Tuesday called on the Sudanese warring parties to cease hostilities and provide room for dialogue to end the conflict which erupted since April 2023.
Ma Qiang, Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan speaks on Tuesday after meeting with the Presidential Advisor on National Security, Tut Galuak in Juba (Photo by Awan Achiek)

By Awan Achiek

Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan Ma Qiang on Tuesday called on the Sudanese warring parties to cease hostilities and provide room for dialogue to end the conflict which erupted since April 2023.

“Well, China always calls for the parties to have a lasting ceasefire first, and they should come to the table to have peaceful negotiations so that they can restore order and peace in the country as soon as possible,” Ma said after meeting with Presidential Advisor on National Security, Tut Galuak in Juba.

The Chinese envoy said his government will continue to play its role in mediating between the warring parties to achieve political settlement of the conflict.

Ma said that they have been in touch with the Sudan Transitional Government led by Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, adding that they have been unable to access the paramilitary Rapid Support Force (RSF) led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

 “I can assure you that China will continue to play our due role to mediate, and try to bring the parties to a political settlement of the crisis so that the peace will be restored as soon as possible,” he said.

Clashes between the SAF and the RSF since April 2023 have claimed more than 15,550 lives and displaced 8.8 million people nationwide, according to Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The United States and Saudi Arabia have led a series of talks between the two sides that have seen only minor achievements.

South Sudan also continues to engage with the Sudanese military and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in ceasefire negotiations.

Juba’s primary focus of these discussions is ensuring the safe delivery of humanitarian aid to regions affected by the conflict.

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