US Ambassador Urges Arms Embargo Compliance Amid Sudan Crisis

The US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, on Monday called for an immediate cessation of arms support to all factions involved in the ongoing conflict in Sudan, in line with the UN arms embargo. During a press briefing, she emphasized the need for all regional powers to halt weapons supplies and highlighted the International Criminal Court’s authority to investigate potential war crimes in the region. Thomas-Greenfield expressed deep concern over recent actions by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and their allies, including the destruction of villages near El Fasher, Darfur’s largest city, and potential plans to attack the city. She described the situation as a looming “disaster on top of a disaster” and outlined five urgent actions to prevent further catastrophe, including an end to the RSF’s military build-up around El Fasher and the initiation of peace talks in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She also stressed the importance of ensuring unrestricted humanitarian access to the affected populations. The ongoing conflict, which erupted in April 2023 due to disputes over integrating the RSF into the national army, has already resulted in nearly 16,000 deaths and widespread displacement, escalating the humanitarian crisis in Sudan.–News Desk