Sudan's warring parties meet in Geneva for talks aiming at local ceasefires

GENEVA (Reuters) – Sudan’s warring parties have arrived in Geneva, Switzerland for U.N.-brokered talks that began on Thursday aimed at “possible local ceasefires” in order to facilitate humanitarian aid and protect civilians, a U.N. spokesperson said.

“The discussions seek to identify avenues for advancement of the identified humanitarian and protection of civilian measures through possible local ceasefires, as requested by the Security Council,” a U.N. spokesperson said in response to Reuters’ questions, who said the talks were convened by U.N. Envoy for Sudan Ramtane Lamamra.

She said the talks were “proximity talks” which means the two parties, the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces, are not due to meet and negotiate directly face-to-face but via mediators.

(Reporting by Emma Farge, editing by Thomas Seythal)

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