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Sudan: UN Secretary-General Calls for ‘Good Faith’ Efforts by All, Ahead of Live Talks


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The military coup in October led to the suspension of power-sharing between civilian representatives and senior officers, which had been carried out since the ouster of former ruler Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

More protests

Political protests broke out in several parts of the capital on Monday, according to news reports, which drew a strong response from security forces, including the use of tear gas. Since the coup, the crackdown has left nearly 100 civilians dead, according to UN figures.

Adama Dieng, UN Designated Expert on the human rights situation in Sudan, said in a statement issued over the weekend that he was shocked by the killing of a young man during a protest on Friday, reportedly shot in the chest by security forces.

“There is no justification for firing live ammunition at unarmed protesters… It is a tragedy – each of these deaths is a tragedy for Sudan – another young man whose family is mourning today. His murder must be investigated immediately, and the perpetrators brought to justice.”

Trilateral approach

Envoys of the trilateral mechanism facilitating intra-Sudan talks – the United Nations, the African Union and the regional body, the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) – have stressed that it is up to Sudan, in particular the authorities, to create an enabling environment. for the success of any negotiation.

Briefing security Council in May, the United Nations Special Representative for Sudan, Volker Perthes, warn that time is short to reach a solution to the protracted political crisis in Sudan.

Last week, the military leadership reportedly lifted the state of emergency since the October coup, designed to encourage meaningful dialogue, before a return to democratic transition.

Facilitator

In a statement issued by its spokesperson, Secretary General Antonio Guterreswelcomes the efforts of a trilateral mechanism, “to facilitate a solution”.

“As Sudanese stakeholders prepare to engage in direct talks, he encourages them to participate in good faith and continue to work to build an environment conducive to constructive dialogue in the interest of the Sudanese people.

“The Secretary-General condemns all calls for violence and reiterates the importance of a peaceful atmosphere for talks to be successful,” the statement continued.

Hate speech fuels violence

“He is also concerned about efforts to undermine the efforts of the trilateral mechanism and its envoys.”

Guterres stressed that “all forms of hate speech represent an attack on tolerance, undermine social cohesion and can lay the groundwork for violence, hindering the cause of peace.”

He reiterated his strong support for the work of the United Nations aid mission, UNITAMS, “as it continues to support Sudan’s aspirations for democracy, peace and prosperity.”

In his statement, Dieng encouraged all Sudanese “to contribute to efforts towards a political settlement and the resumption of important legal and institutional reforms initiated by the transitional government.”

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Sudan: UN Secretary-General Calls for ‘Good Faith’ Efforts by All, Ahead of Live Talks

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