Sudan has issued a call to arms for under-65s who are able to carry weapons to help “restore security” in the country. The “official reservists, non-commissioned officers and soldiers of the Armed Forces” were asked to enlist following accusations by the Rapid Support Forces paramilitary group that innocent citizens had been attacked. The ministry of defence insisted the cease-fire was being respected, despite what it said were some violations. The armed forces spokesman stated that participation would be voluntary, but by law the call-up is mandatory. Meanwhile, the leader of the army has formally requested that UN Sudan envoy Volker Perthes be replaced, due to the latter’s support for a civilian transition.