Khartoum / Adel Abdel Rahim / Anatolia
On Thursday, the UN African Mechanism announced that it had held talks with 3 Sudanese blocs at the start of an indirect dialogue with several parties to resolve the crisis in the country.
This came in a joint statement issued by the United Nations Mission (UNITAMIS), the African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in East Africa (IGAD), after the expiry of the first day of those indirect talks.
The indirect Sudanese-Sudanese talks started on Thursday and included separate discussion sessions that started with a meeting of the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change/National Consensus, followed by another meeting with the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom, the Central Council (the former ruling coalition) and a third meeting that included Democratic Unionist Party.
The tripartite mechanism expressed “its optimism about the progress of the work of these talks, given the positive atmosphere that surrounded today’s discussions.”
She also expressed her hope that “these talks will facilitate the agreement of the Sudanese parties on a formula that will put an end to the current political crisis.”
The statement added: “While the tripartite mechanism acknowledges the important steps that have been taken, it continues to stress the importance of creating an enabling environment with all available means for the success of the talks.”
The tripartite mechanism indicated that it will hold these talks indirectly at the present time.
These talks were announced by the tripartite mechanism on April 27, and said that they would start in the second week of May.
Since October 25, 2021, Sudan has witnessed a political crisis and protests calling for full civilian rule and rejecting exceptional measures imposed by the army chief, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, most notably the declaration of a state of emergency and the dissolution of the Sovereignty Councils and the Transitional Ministers.
Al-Burhan denied the validity of his accusation of carrying out a military coup, and said that his measures aimed at “correcting the course of the transitional phase”, and pledged to hand over power through elections or national consensus.
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