The UN representative in Sudan starts talks to resolve the crisis

The United Nations Special Envoy in Sudan, Volker Perthes, is initiating talks to resolve the escalation of the political crisis in the country since army chief Lieutenant General Abdel Rahman al-Burhan’s coup against his civilian partners in the transitional authority more than two months ago. Volcker said yesterday: We will not propose a solution, as the matter is in the hands of the Sudanese.

The coup of 25 October broke the course of the transitional phase agreed between the military and civilian forces in August 2019, a few months after the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir in April of the same year after four months of popular protests.

Sudanese, sometimes tens of thousands, went down in square repeatedly after the coup, demanding the removal of the military from power and purely civilian government. The United Nations had announced that it would initiate “preliminary consultations” between civilians and military personnel in Sudan with the aim of resolving the crisis in the country after the military coup.

The United Nations said in a statement that his representative in Sudan “will officially start the initial consultations for a political process between the Sudanese parties, which the United Nations will facilitate with the aim of reaching an agreement to put an end to the current political crisis”. But the reaction of the main civilian forces in Sudan has so far appeared lukewarm at the initiative of the United Nations. “We have not yet received any details on the initiative,” said Jaafar Hassan, a spokesman for the main faction of the Forces of Freedom and Change, who played a key role in the demonstrations against al-Bashir.