New York, 13 May 2023 (TDI): On Sudan conflict, the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, has said that the UN chief welcomes the signing of the Declaration of Commitment to protect civilians and guarantee the safe passage of humanitarian aid in the country by the warring parties.

Stéphane Dujarric said that humanitarian efforts by local partners continue in difficult circumstances. The Secretary-General is of the view that the Declaration would help scale up the humanitarian efforts swiftly to meet the needs of millions of people in Sudan.

The UN Secretary-General has reiterated his call for a ceasefire between the Rapid Support Forces and the Sudanese Armed Forces, coupled with expanded discussions for the permanent end of hostilities.

He has affirmed that the UN will spare no effort in facilitating the implementation of the Declaration.

Earlier this month, Antonio Guterres dispatched the Under-Secretary-General of Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, to Sudan as the humanitarian situation in the country deteriorated.

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Goods essential for survival have become scarce in urban areas, and access to urgent health care is severely constrained.

Thousands of Sudanese have fled to the neighboring states and the looting of warehouses of Humanitarian organizations has prevented a robust humanitarian response to aid the people of Sudan gripped by the conflict.