A statement by the EU Spokesperson on the recent outbreak of violence in Darfur described the recent events as horrifying, pointing to the outbreak of deadly clashes between communities in West Darfur during the past days and weeks.
The statement held all signatories to the Juba Peace Agreement a joint responsibility to protect civilians, stressing that “it is time to put an end to the violence and bring the perpetrators to justice.”
The EU Spokesperson added that there is an urgent need to establish and train joint security forces by the Sudanese armed forces and armed movements under the Juba Peace Agreement, and it needs to be expedited.
He also indicated that the EU is ready to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need.
The statement called on the authorities to facilitate free, safe, and unhindered access to humanitarian actors on the ground.
Armed clashes erupted on Monday in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state and the westernmost city in Sudan, with violence spreading as a result of the fighting that killed dozens of people in a nearby town earlier this week.
Unrest has increased across Darfur in the past two years. In the early 2000s, the war between rebels and militia-backed government forces killed an estimated 300,000 people and displaced millions.
The clashes that took place at the weekend, which killed and injured nearly 300 people, were among the deadliest in the region in the past two years. Last year alone, about 430,000 people were displaced.
The Sudanese Security and Defense Council decided, in an emergency meeting headed by the Chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, to strengthen the security presence in West Darfur, after the events that took place in the region during the past days.
The Sovereignty Council said in a statement that the Security and Defense Council decided to send forces to separate the parties and contain the situation in West Darfur after casualties occurred during the events.
The Security and Defense Council stressed the necessity of completing security efforts and arrangements to implement the Juba Peace Agreement. It also assigned a sovereign delegation to monitor the events in West Darfur and calm the situation there.
The statement indicated that the delegation’s mission also includes the formation of a committee to address the humanitarian situation and to improve and develop the working environment of the prosecution offices and courts.