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Sudan’s Freedom and Change movement says UN consultations suffered ‘severe blow’

January 19, 2022 at 2:12 pm

UN special representative Volker Perthes addresses the media in Khartoum on January 10, 2022 [ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP via Getty Images]

Sudan’s Freedom and Change movement said on Tuesday that the initial consultations launched by the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) have received a “severe blow” from the country’s de facto ruler General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

In a letter sent to the Friends of Sudan group, which met on Tuesday in Riyadh, the movement called on the group to support the demand for the formation of a high-level international mechanism that is acceptable to the Sudanese people and compatible with their aspirations. They noted that such a move will help “develop a credible political process that ends the revolutionary situation completely and establish a new constitutional framework that fulfils the requirement of full civil authority.”

On Tuesday, the Saudi Foreign Ministry confirmed in a statement that representatives of the Friends of Sudan group met at the ministry’s headquarters in Riyadh to discuss efforts for a peaceful political transition in Sudan, without making any reference to the Freedom and Change letter.

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Meanwhile, it was not possible to obtain a comment from the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) or the Sudanese authorities on the movement’s remarks.

On 8 January, UNITAMS announced the launch of preliminary consultations for a comprehensive political process between the Sudanese parties to resolve the country’s crisis.

Sudan has been in a state of political turmoil since 25 October, when army chief and head of the country’s sovereign transitional council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan dissolved the government led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, detained the civilian leadership, and declared a nationwide state of emergency, sparking a wave of international condemnation.​​

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