Sudan Rivals Pledge Better Aid Access in Talks as War Rages

(Bloomberg) -- Sudan’s army and the Rapid Support Forces paramilitary group it’s battling for control of the North African nation agreed to facilitate aid access and enact trust-building measures during new talks in Saudi Arabia, mediators said.

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“The co-facilitators regret that the parties were unable to agree on cease-fire implementation agreements during this first round,” a joint statement by Saudi Arabia, the US and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, a bloc of East African nations, said Tuesday.

The civil war that erupted in mid-April has left more than 9,000 people dead and forced some 5.8 million from their homes. The United Nations has estimated about half of Sudan’s 46 million population needs humanitarian assistance.

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“There is no acceptable military solution to this conflict,” the mediators said in the statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency. They urged the army and RSF to “put the Sudanese people first, silence the guns, and seek a negotiated end to this needless war.”

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