UNSC passes resolution calling for immediate cease-fire in Sudan

The UN Security Council (UNSC) approved a resolution on Friday calling for an immediate halt to hostilities in Sudan for the duration of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Introduced by the UK, the resolution secured approval with 14 affirmative votes out of the 15-member Council, while one member abstained, during a session of the UNSC.

Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative for Political Affairs, Anna Evstigneeva, expressed skepticism about the motives of Western nations and criticized the perceived double standards in their response to the crisis in Gaza, highlighting the grave situation there with over 30,000 casualties over five months.

Evstigneeva emphasized the necessity of diplomatic engagement in Sudan.

Key Points of the Sudan Cease-Fire Resolution

The resolution specifically calls for an immediate cessation of fighting in Sudan throughout Ramadan, promoting dialogue as a means to achieve a peaceful resolution.

It also demands unrestricted access for humanitarian aid and insists that all parties adhere to international humanitarian law.

Sudan has been engulfed in conflict involving the military, under the leadership of Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the Sovereign Council, and the Rapid Support Forces, resulting in significant casualties and displacement.

The UN reports that the conflict, which erupted last April, has led to at least 12,260 deaths and over 33,000 injuries.

As the humanitarian situation deteriorates, nearly 6.8 million people have been displaced within Sudan and to neighboring countries.

Previous attempts at cease-fires, facilitated by Saudi Arabia and the US, have not successfully halted the violence.–Web Desk