MADRID, May 10. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The United States has “welcomed” the combined efforts of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), the African Union (AU), and the Intergovernmental Authority on East African Development (IGAD) to facilitate the transition to democracy in Sudan.
“As the process moves forward and facilitators begin discussions with parties on the content of a solution, we are convinced that this process is the most inclusive mechanism to achieve an urgently needed agreement on a civilian-led transition framework. State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
This statement comes within the framework of a tripartite meeting to be held from May 10 to 12 with the aim of facilitating dialogue, and will include various political forces and civil society groups, as reported by the ‘Sudan Tribune’.
The civil coalition Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) has joined this Sunday the mechanism, which has been launched after the murder of three civilians in an attack perpetrated on Saturday against a camp for displaced people in the state of South Darfur .
The tripartite mechanism has the purpose of restoring the civil transition after the military coup led by the head of the Army and president of the Sovereign Transitional Council of Sudan, Abdelfatá al-Burhan, which led to the dismissal of the prime minister, Abdalá Hamdok, and the dissolution of the government.
On the other hand, the Undersecretary for African Affairs, Molly Phee, has welcomed “with satisfaction the release of political detainees in recent weeks”, and has pressed “for the full implementation of the confidence-building measures promised by the Army Sudanese, including the lifting of the state of emergency and the release of the remaining political detainees”.
The NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) expressed its concern at the end of April at the hundreds of protesters “illegally” detained by the Sudanese security forces since December 2021 and condemned the disappearance of dozens of them.
The Darfur region has been the scene of an uptick in inter-community tensions despite the historic October 2020 peace agreement with various rebel groups, which seeks to end fighting that broke out in 2003, which has left at least 300,000 dead and more than 2.5 million displaced.