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Sudanese army and RSF paramilitaries to resume talks

The Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Force (RSF) announced the resumption of talks mediated by the US and Saudi Arabia in Jeddah on Thursday.

The Sudanese army on Wednesday accepted the invitation to talks because they “are one of the means that can end the conflict,” but stressed it would not stop fighting.

The RSF also claimed to have accepted the invitation but released a video on Wednesday of its deputies in Nyala, a major war zone.

Fighting erupted in mid-April over plans to rally troops four years after the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir and 18 months after a coup to overthrow civilian partners.

The fighting has devastated the capital and other major cities, displacing nearly 6 million people and killing thousands. RSF has also been blamed for ethnic massacres in West Darfur.

The US and Saudi Arabia suspended talks in June after numerous ceasefire violations.

Both sides privately indicated that they are ready to resume talks.

Eyewitnesses report that the pace of fighting slowed last week, with both sides resorting to long-range artillery shelling residential neighbourhoods.

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