Sudan army chief open to negotiations – but says his troops will ‘definitely’ defeat paramilitary group

The head of Sudan’s army has told Sky News his troops will “definitely” defeat an attacking paramilitary group, but he is open to negotiations.

At least 97 people have been killed and 365 injured over the weekend in clashes between the army and Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Tensions have escalated since a power pact between the two sides crumbled and the resulting violence has seen Sudan’s civilians caught in the crossfire.

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Speaking to Sky News, army chief and de facto leader Abdel Fattah al Burhan said he was open to mediation as “every war ends at the negotiation table even if the opponent is defeated”.

He added: “Even if there is surrender, there is still negotiation.”

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Abdel Fattah al Burhan in 2022. Pic: AP

Asked if his troops will defeat the RSF, al Burhan said: “Definitely. God willing.”

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