The United Nations said it would invite military leaders, political parties and other Sudanese factions to participate in a political process aimed at ending the crisis sparked by the coup that occurred last October, while the “resistance committees” in the capital, Khartoum, called for new demonstrations today against the military rule and to demand the return of power. Civil.
The United Nations Mission to Support the Transitional Phase in Sudan (UNITAMS) said in a statement yesterday that the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the International Organization and Head of the United Nations Mission, Volker Peretz, officially launched, in consultation with Sudanese and international partners, preliminary consultations for a political process between the Sudanese parties, which the international organization is facilitating with the aim of supporting Sudanese stakeholders. To reach an agreement to end the current political crisis and agree on a sustainable path of progress towards democracy and peace.
In the statement, Peretz expressed his deep concern that “the current political stalemate will lead the country to slip into more instability and squander the political, social and economic gains that have been achieved since the revolution.”
“It is time to end the violence and enter into a constructive process. The process will be inclusive and all key stakeholders, civilian and military, including armed movements, political parties, civil society, women’s groups and resistance committees, will be invited to participate in the UN-facilitated political process,” he added.
The UNAMS mission was established pursuant to Security Council Resolution 2524 of 2020 in response to a request from the Sudanese leadership to support the democratic transition.
United Nations mediation over the weeks following the October 2021 coup succeeded in restoring Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to his position, but the latter’s resignation again last week increased the uncertainty surrounding Sudan’s political future and a transitional period that should end with elections in 2023.
The US embassy in Khartoum welcomed the mediation of the UN envoy, declaring its readiness to support it, while the UN Security Council will hold an informal meeting, next Wednesday, to discuss the latest developments in Sudan, according to diplomatic sources.
This meeting is held behind closed doors. Sources told “Reuters”: “Six of the 15 member states of the Security Council requested its contract: the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Ireland and Albania.”
A diplomat, who asked not to be named, said that the council’s issuance of a joint position on Sudan was “unexpected and would be opposed by China and Russia.” These two countries have repeatedly stressed that the situation in Sudan is an internal matter that does not threaten international security.
Diplomats indicated that the meeting would allow the United Nations envoy to Sudan to brief the members of the Council on the situation in the country since Hamdok’s resignation.