Kenya offers to host mediation process to resolve crisis in Sudan
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Kenyan President William Ruto on Friday offered to host a process of mediation between warring parties in Sudan to help restore peace in the country.

In a statement issued in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, Ruto said Kenya has a strong track record in effectively facilitating peacemaking and settlement of the political conflict in the region.

"We make this offer in the spirit of brotherhood, peace, and solidarity as an acceptable neutral venue and also as an engaged stakeholder well-seized with the challenges facing our region," said Ruto.

He said Kenya is strongly persuaded that a peacefully negotiated solution to the conflict in Sudan is within reach and, as always, stands ready to make her contribution.

Ruto appreciated the gesture by the parties to the Political Framework Agreement to cease hostilities in response to the call by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Heads of State Summit on April 16 and subsequently the African Union (AU)'s emergency ministerial meeting on the situation held in Ethiopia on April 20.

Fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces broke out on April 15, forcing civilians to flee and seek shelter from the hostilities. Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands injured.

The statement came as almost 400 people have died in the unrest and almost 3,500 more have been wounded in Khartoum, the western region of Darfur, and other states, according to the World Health Organization.

The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors said both sides seemed to have ignored ceasefire calls to mark the end of Ramadan as several areas of Khartoum were bombed and reported shelling and clashes on Friday.

Ruto urged the IGAD, AU and UN to mobilize an effective international coalition to support a comprehensive peacemaking agenda for the war-torn country.

"Our region bears deep scars of conflict and war: the sorrow of loved ones lost to death, the trauma of humanitarian suffering and disrupted livelihoods, and the haunting regret of missed opportunities. There is a strong yearning for peace throughout the Horn of Africa, and Sudan is no exception," he said.

According to Ruto, there now exists a meaningful opportunity for the resolution of outstanding issues through peaceful negotiation.

This, he said, will lead to the restoration of peace, security and stability in Sudan in conformity with the broader objective of transforming the Horn of Africa and Eastern Africa in general into a peaceful and secure hub of productivity, globally competitive industry, and sustainable shared prosperity.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

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