Statement by the Trilateral Mechanism on the signing of a Declaration of Commitment to protect the Civilians of Sudan
The Trilateral Mechanism of the United Nations, the African Union and IGAD welcomes the signing of a Declaration of Commitment to Protect the Civilians of Sudan by the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces today in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
This is an important first step toward alleviating human suffering and protecting the lives and dignity of civilians in Sudan.
The Trilateral Mechanism urges the parties to immediately exert all effort to translate these commitments to meaningful action on the ground. To that end, the parties must convey clear and unequivocal instructions to lower ranks to abide by the Declaration of Commitments and facilitate the safe passage of humanitarian assistance, the restoration of essential services, the withdrawal of forces from hospitals and clinics, and the respectful burial of the dead.
The Mechanism expresses its readiness to support the parties and the convenors of the talks toward the full implementation of the Declaration of Commitments. The Trilateral further stresses the importance of sustained and coordinated support by the broader international community at this critical time.
The Trilateral Mechanism urges the parties to continue engaging with the process constructively and in good faith in order to build on what has been achieved and ultimately reach a permanent cessation of hostilities with a robust monitoring and verification mechanism.
The Mechanism reiterates its conviction that as the talks advance, the meaningful and broad participation of civilian and political stakeholders, including women, is essential.