Leader of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces in Sudan, Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, said on Saturday that he is ready for negotiations with army chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on condition that fighting stops between the rival sides.
In remarks to BBC on Saturday, Dagalo, better known by his nickname Hamedti, said that to have negotiations with Burhan there are conditions. “Cease hostilities. After that we can have negotiations,” he said.
He added: “I am looking forward to having a civilian government today – before tomorrow, a fully civilian government. This is my principle.”
Two days ago, al-Burhan agreed in principle to meet Hamedti, but he told local media on Friday that he refuses to sit with Hamedti describing his forces as “rebellious.”
Asked whether a truce could persist should the two generals reach one, Hamedti said: “We have called for a truce since day one of the war. We immediately opened humanitarian corridors inside the areas controlled by our forces. We started with a truce from our side.”
On Friday, fighting continued in Khartoum and in the Darfur region in western Sudan, despite the extension of the truce.
The conflict between the RSF and the Sudanese armed forces has been going on since mid-April. It claimed the lives of hundreds of people.
Around 574 people have been killed since the fighting began, in addition to 74 others who died early this week.