The African Union calls for confidence-building measures in Sudan

May 04, 2022 (KHARTOUM) – The African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) on Wednesday called on the Sudanese military authorities to create an enabling environment for dialogue in the country ahead of an intra-Sudanese process.

UNITAMS, the African Union and IGAD plan to launch a political process in mid-May to restore constitutional order in Sudan after a coup that halted political and economic reforms led by a government of transition formed in 2019.

In a statement addressing the unconstitutional change of government in Sudan, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea and Mali, the PSC commended the efforts of the Tripartite Mechanism to hold an inter-Sudanese dialogue to restore constitutional order in the country and expressed its commitment to support the process.

The 15-member body “calls on all stakeholders to place Sudan’s supreme interest above all else and to commit to creating an enabling environment for the political transition process,” the statement read.

The Council further urged to end the violence, respect the right to peaceful assembly and end arbitrary arrests. Furthermore, they called for the release of all political detainees to show goodwill for intra-Sudanese consultations and a transparent political transition;

The PSC last October suspended Sudan’s membership of the regional body following a coup.

To tighten their grip on power, the military used excessive force against anti-coup protests killing more than a hundred people, detained political leaders and activists, and imposed the state of emergency to use emergency powers.

The statement highlighted the adverse socio-economic effects of the coup on the lives of ordinary Sudanese and encouraged the military to show genuine commitment to the political process.

The Council “appeals to the Sudanese authorities to consider a full lifting of the state of emergency in order to demonstrate the country’s willingness to return to normal,” the statement said.

On April 28 and 29, special envoys from the European Union, France, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States were in Khartoum to encourage military leaders to end the political repression and to take the necessary steps to pave the way for the intra-Sudanese process.

They also underlined that the resumption of international financial and economic support to Sudan would resume only after the restoration of constitutional order.

Head of the Sovereign Council and putschist Abdel Fatah al-Burhan is expected to address the nation in the coming days to announce a series of measures related to the current political impasse in the country.

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