Aug 9, 2022

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UN Mission launches political transition talks in Sudan

A UN mission announced on Saturday the official start of a reform program designed to support the country’s path to full democracy.

The program is designed to help Sudanese actors reach an agreement that out of the current political crisis and agree on a sustainable path of progress towards democracy and peace, said Volker Peretz, Head of the Integrated Transitional Aid Mission of the United Nations in Sudan (UNITAMS) and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General.

Transition process

According to a statement by Mr Peretz on Saturday, the process will also include civil society groups as well as armed groups that have protested against the imposition of the military on the transition route.

“The transition was faced with severe setbacks that have deeply hit the country since the October 25 military coup, ”the statement said, referring to the last year, a When the military forcibly regained power and arrested Hamdok and his cabinet.

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Hamdok was released almost a month later after agreeing to form a new government. After weeks of protests, he resigned last Sunday after failing to do so.

“The subsequent and repeated violence against largely peaceful demonstrators only increased the distrust of all political parties in Sudan,” added Mr Peretz

The official said he was concerned that the current political impasse could plunge the country further into instability and squander the important political, social and economic gains since the revolution.

“All the measures taken so far have not succeeded in restoring the course of this change in such a way that it corresponds to the wishes of the Sudanese people,” said Mr Peretz.

Sudan crisis

UNITAMS was established by Security Council Resolution 2524 (2020) in response to a request by the Sudanese leadership in February 2020 to support the democratic transition in Sudan.

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But it has largely remained in the background as civil groups fight with the military over power sharing.

“It is time to turn the violence on end and initiate a constructive process. This process will be inclusive.

“UNITAMS counts on the full cooperation and commitment of all Sudanese stakeholders to contribute to its success,” the statement continues.

The UN -Security Council is scheduled to hold an informal meeting on Wednesday next week to discuss the latest developments in Sudan.

Read: UN Security Council meets over civil unrest in Sudan

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On Friday, the chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council of Sudan, Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, received a phone call from the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres affirming the international organization’s commitment to assist the country during the transitional period about the elections.

The Sudanese crisis broke out after the coup on October 25th and sparked protests in which 60 people have been killed so far.

The situation has changed after the resignation Hamdoks last week de further deteriorated.

Read: Sudan’s donors warn against the appointment of a new Prime Minister without a civil nod

The Sovereign Council announced it would appoint a new Prime Minister to a government with “ specific tasks ”, but the US, the European Union and other donors stress that they would not recognize a prime minister appointed without political consensus.