Sudan’s army chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has warned that the war he leads against the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in his nation poses a threat to other African countries.
Sudan’s de facto leader, as a result, requested the UN and the international community to classify RSF as a terrorist organization.
Burhan stated this during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday in New York, United States.
According to the BBC, RSF leader Hamdan Dagalo stated that he was ready for the first truce since the war in Sudan began in April, which has killed thousands of people.
The two generals staged a coup in 2021, but a power struggle between them has resulted in their soldiers taking up guns against one another in recent months.
Burhan told the United Nations on Thursday that his party was open to peace talks and wants to “put an end to this war and alleviate the suffering of our people,” but that the RSF refused.
In a rare video message to the UN, his opponent, Gen Dagalo, better known as Hemedti, stated that he was willing to participate in talks.
In his address to the UN, he also alluded to the RSF’s ties to Wagner, a Russian mercenary outfit active in the Central African Republic, Sudan, Libya, Mozambique, and Mali.
“The danger of this war is now a threat to regional and international peace and security as those rebels have sought the support of outlaws and terrorist groups from different countries in the region and the world,” he said.
Burhan also argued the RSF should be considered a terrorist group as they had “supported killing, burning, raping, forced displacement, looting, stealing, torture, trafficking of arms and drugs, bringing mercenaries or recruiting children”.
He stated that these offences demanded accountability and retribution.
However, Gen Burhan has been chastised for his military conduct during the conflict