Thursday, December 2, 2021

UN calls on Sudanese military to restore civilian government

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – On Thursday, the UN Security Council called on the Sudanese military leadership to re-establish a civilian transitional government and immediately release all those detained following the military coup.

The most influential UN body also expressed “solidarity” with the Sudanese people and reaffirmed its readiness to “support the efforts to realize the Sudan’s transition to democracy” and the people’s aspirations “for an inclusive, peaceful, stable, democratic and prosperous future.”

Diplomats said the press statement, which was approved by all 15 councilors, has undergone several changes, mainly to respond to objections from Russia, which did not want to “condemn” the military coup, as originally proposed in the text prepared by the British.

The final version instead expresses “serious concern” by the Security Council over the October 25 seizure of power, the suspension of some transitional institutions, the declaration of a state of emergency and the detention of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and other civilian members. transitional government “. He noted that Hamdock is reported to have returned to his residence.

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Protests against the seizure of power on Monday continue in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and elsewhere, and many businesses have closed in response to calls for strikes. A coup led by General Abdel-Fattah Burkhan threatens to halt the Sudan’s transition to democracy, which began after the popular uprising toppled long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir.

Council members “stressed that any attempt to undermine the democratic transition in the Sudan jeopardizes the security, stability and development of Sudan.”

They called on all parties to “exercise maximum restraint, refrain from the use of violence and stressed the importance of full respect for human rights, including the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression”.

“The Security Council urged all parties to“ enter into dialogue without preconditions to ensure the full implementation of the Constitutional Document and the Juba Peace Agreement, which are at the heart of Sudan’s democratic transition, ”and expressed strong support for regional efforts to end the crisis. …

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