RSF advisor to Al Mayadeen: No end to war until al-Burhan surrenders
Advisor to the leader of Sudan's Rapid Support Forces says the party is still committed to the framework of transitioning the power to a civilian government.
This comes as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) said it remains committed to the agreed-upon armistice, according to the advisor to the commander of the RSF Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti), Haroon Mahmoud Mdeikher, who told to Al Mayadeen.
"We did not want to fight this war, but the commander of the armed forces [General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan] forced us into it," Mdeikher said.
He stressed that "there are extremist movements that have entered the conflict line in Sudan" and that "this war will not end unless al-Burhan turns himself in."
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"The Rapid Support Forces are committed to the framework agreement and the handover of power to civilians," stressing that "the war is forced on us; we're not after it and we support the unity of the Sudanese people."
"How can al-Burhan lead Sudan while he is now hiding in shelters?" Mdeikher asked.
The top official claimed that the Rapid Forces control 90 percent of official and sovereign infrastructure, while the army controls social media accounts.
Advisor to the #RSF commander, Haroon Mahmoud Mdeikher, to #AlMayadeen, "The RSF is in control of 90% of the official and sovereign infrastructure, while the army is in control of social media."#Sudan #SudanCrisis https://t.co/fxyaWO5RJ2— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) April 25, 2023
He continued, "It is possible to extend the armistice as we are seeking peace, not war," adding that "the war was ignited to stop the process of democratic transition in Sudan."
The RSF "do not have any ties with [Libyan] Khalifa Haftar or any foreign country regarding armaments," Mdeikher said, announcing that his party welcomes any foreign intervention in order to reach a solution in Sudan.
Kashkoush: There is a struggle over power in Sudan
"Violations of the armistice are still ongoing in Sudan, where the sounds of clashes are heard in different regions," said Noun Kashkoush, a member of the Political Committee of the Democratic Lawyers Alliance.
Kashkoush explained to Al Mayadeen that "many violations against civilians are taking place as a result of the war in Sudan, and the civil society is pressing for an end to them [violations]."
عضو اللجنة السياسية في التحالف الديمقراطي للمحامين في #السودان نون كشكوش لـ #الميادين: "الخروقات للهدنة ما زالت مستمرة في السودان حيث تسمع أصوات الاشتباكات في مناطق مختلفة"#لهيب_السودان pic.twitter.com/7kiNhh7aqS— قناة الميادين (@AlMayadeenNews) April 25, 2023
She pointed out that "the political forces were working to reduce the severity of the conflict between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces."
Kashkoush stressed that "the military institution created the Rapid Support Forces, and what is currently taking place is a struggle over power."
The Rapid Support Forces in Sudan announced on Tuesday that they "have fully taken control of the entire Bahri region and east of the Nile and that the areas that the putschists claimed to move toward to capture are originally within their areas of control."
The RSF said in a statement that "the forces of the putschists and the remnants of the defunct regime are subjected to successive defeats," adding that "the defeats made them weave lies, false allegations, and fabricated news."
The statement continued, "The coup leadership claimed that our forces attacked the mission of the State of Qatar, but the Qatari government quickly responded to it."
The Sudanese Armed Forces tried to "claim that we targeted the French delegation while our forces were accompanying the delegation when it got attacked by the fighter jets of putschists," and they also "attempted to foment sedition between us and the dear Egyptian government."
Field sources confirmed to Al Mayadeen that clashes continued between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces, indicating that there was a hit-and-run situation between the two parties.
On their part, the Sudanese Armed Forces said they had received a report from the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman that the "insurgents" had completely occupied the embassy and stolen a vehicle belonging to the mission.
كما تلقينا بلاغ من سفارة سلطنة عمان بإحتلال المتمردين لمقر السفارة بالكامل وسرقة عربة تتبع للبعثة.— القوات المسلحة السودانية - الإعلام العسكري (@GHQSudan) April 25, 2023
بالرغم من إلتزامنا بالهدنة إلا أننا سنحتفظ بحقنا كاملاً في التعامل مع هذه الخروقات الخطيرة ومحاولات المليشيا المتمردة في إستغلالها لإنقاذ موقفهم العملياتي المتدهور.
"We assure our citizens that the armed forces will remain vigilant and keen on the security and safety of the country," the armed forces statement continued.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم #قوات_الدعم_السريع— Rapid Support Forces - قوات الدعم السريع (@RSFSudan) April 25, 2023
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