Africa Headline News Nigeria World News

UN Sudan envoy resigns

Mr Volker Perthes. Photo Credit: AP

The United Nations representative to Sudan, Volker Perthes has announced his resignation.

Mr Perthes reported to the UN Security Council that the Sudan conflict, which erupted between rival military factions in April, risked becoming a full-blown civil war. 

This is coming more than three months after the embattled North African nation declared him unwelcome after the war broke out.

Mr Perthes was extremely critical of Sudan’s military ruler, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the head of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, commonly known as Hemedti.

The UN envoy had accused the two leaders of opting to plunge the country into a war “that is leaving a tragic legacy of human rights abuses”.

He blamed the RSF for the sexual violence, looting and killings in areas it controls.

He also condemned the Sudanese armed forces for indiscriminate aerial bombings. 

Five million people have so far been displaced in the clashes between the Sudanese armed forces and the rival paramilitary RSF. 

Writing by Hadiza Abdurahman; Editing by Tony Okerafor and Adeniyi Bakare