Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee conducted meetings in Addis Ababa from May 14-16 with the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the United Nations (UN) and the Government of Ethiopia to consult on regional and international efforts to help end the conflict in Sudan.
Assistant Secretary Phee provided an update on talks in Jeddah to secure a short-term ceasefire that allows for unhindered humanitarian access, restoration of essential services, and other actions to meet the emergency needs of Sudanese civilians.
The Assistant Secretary welcomed the support of partners for the May 12 Declaration of Commitment to Protect the Civilians of Sudan and the universal demand for the Sudanese Armed Forces and Rapid Support Forces to abide by their commitments under international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
The Assistant Secretary solicited the advice and counsel of AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, IGAD Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeheyu, UN Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Hanna Tetteh, and UN Special Representative to the Secretary General to the AU Parfait Onanga-Anyanga. These discussions reviewed how countries and organizations could contribute to urgent efforts to end the fighting and return combatants to barracks. They agreed to support action by Sudanese civilians to resume the stalled political transition through an inclusive process that culminates in free and fair elections. They also agreed to reject external interference in Sudan which will only intensify and prolong the conflict and contribute to regional instability.
The Assistant Secretary met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who confirmed Ethiopia’s neutrality and commitment to a peaceful resolution in Sudan.