Sudan: While fighting rages, rival forces’ leaders refuse to negotiate
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, MAMOS Nigeria
As fighting raged throughout the nation for the sixth day, the leaders of the two opposing military forces in Sudan have stated that they are unwilling to negotiate with one another.
Al Jazeera interviewed Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the military ruler of Sudan, and Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as Hemedti, the leader of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
“There could be no other choice except for the tactical arrangement,” Burhan said in a telephone interview, in which he likewise blamed components in the RSF for “shutting down streets and forestalling the free development of individuals” in numerous locales. ” In these circumstances, no real truce can be implemented,” he added.
Hemedti said that there would be no more negotiations with Burhan because he was alleged to have started the fight.
As 177 Egyptian soldiers were evacuated from the town of Dongola back to Egypt and 27 air force personnel were transferred from RSF custody to the Egyptian embassy in Khartoum, the interviews cast doubt on the likelihood of a long-term ceasefire.
After storming the airbase in Merowe, a strategic town known for its archaeological remains about 185 miles (300 kilometers) north of the Sudanese capital, the RSF claimed it had detained 27 individuals. On Thursday, the Sudanese army corrected a previous statement that stated the RSF had taken 177 soldiers from the base.