Regrets the “loss of human lives” and the “serious violations of International Law”
July 5 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, has condemned this Wednesday the upsurge in violence in Sudan as clashes between the Army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) are revived and has asked the parties to reach a “ceasefire” imminently.
Thus, it has transferred the rejection of the European Union to the combats and to the “refusal of the parties to find a peaceful solution”. “A ceasefire is necessary to guarantee the protection of the population of Sudan, whose security and integrity continue to be in danger,” he said, according to a statement.
For this reason, he has emphasized the importance of “dialogue” and has urged all the actors involved to “facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and guarantee safe access for the organizations in charge of providing it.”
“The EU regrets the loss of human life and the serious violations of International Law. We are especially concerned by reports of attacks on civilians and in civilian areas, especially in Darfur, where there are indications of sexual violence and (…) forced displacements “, picks up the text.
In this sense, he has warned that the “opening of new fronts in South Kordofan is worrying.” “In these circumstances it is necessary to guarantee the protection of civilians and prevent atrocities”, he stated before insisting on the need to respect International Law and “stop hostilities without establishing conditions”.
At the same time, he thanked the humanitarian aid organizations for their work and stressed the EU’s commitment to deliver assistance. “We will continue to collaborate with key partners, including Sudanese civil society,” he clarified before stating that the EU announced 256.4 million euros in aid to Sudan for this year.
“The EU calls on all external actors to play a constructive role in any mediation process. Any external interference that contributes to prolonging the ongoing conflict will further exacerbate the already catastrophic humanitarian situation in the country and undermine regional stability,” has alerted.
Lastly, he stressed that “in order to stop the cycle of impunity” it is necessary that “those responsible for these atrocities be identified and held to account.” “The EU supports the collection of evidence on violations of Human Rights and is willing to use all the means at its disposal (…) to help put an end to the conflict and promote peace,” it has settled.