Friends of Sudan Group Supports UN-African Initiative to Resolve Sudan’s Crisis

 Head of UNITAMS Volker Perthes. (AFP)
Head of UNITAMS Volker Perthes. (AFP)
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Friends of Sudan Group Supports UN-African Initiative to Resolve Sudan’s Crisis

 Head of UNITAMS Volker Perthes. (AFP)
Head of UNITAMS Volker Perthes. (AFP)

The Friends of Sudan group has reiterated its strong support for the combined efforts of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission to Sudan (UNITAMS), the African Union (AU), and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to facilitate a Sudanese-led political process to restore a civilian-led transition to democracy.

The group, consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.

It issued a statement on Wednesday saying it looks forward to the imminent launch of the next phase of the talks with the aim of building consensus around the structure of credible, civilian-led institutions that will lead Sudan through a revived civilian-led transition period, culminating in free and fair democratic elections.

“The urgency cannot be overstated,” the group stressed, urging constructive engagement of all stakeholders in this next phase and underscoring the importance of ensuring women, as well as youth, and other historically marginalized groups enjoy full, effective, and meaningful participation and inclusion throughout every stage of the process.

The statement called for creating the enabling environment that allows all stakeholders to participate and freely express their views, adding that Sudanese citizens must be protected from all kinds of violence.

“Full respect for freedoms of association, expression, and peaceful assembly is vital, as is protection of property.”

The group also expressed its deep concern by the immense economic pressures currently facing the Sudanese people, affirming that it is committed to continuing to provide direct, humanitarian support to them during this difficult period.

“We look forward to the restoration of a credible transitional government agreed through the UNITAMS-AU-IGAD-facilitated political process, which would pave the way to restore economic assistance and international debt relief,” it added.

The group members said they continue to endorse the Sudanese-led political process facilitated by UNITAMS, the AU, and IGAD as the best vehicle to realize the Sudanese people’s aspirations for freedom, peace, and justice and to restore Sudan’s democratic transition and pledged their full support to the Sudanese people and this process.

Meanwhile, Sudan’s opposition Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) has announced supporting the political process launched by the UNITAMS and the AU.

It commended in a statement the report of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of UNITAMS, Volker Perthes, before the UN Security Council in which he denounced the grave human rights violations against protesters and underlined the need to restore civilian democratic rule in the country.



Sudan's RSF Agrees with UN on Steps to Ease Aid Delivery

Sudanese farmers plow a field on the outskirts of Sudan's eastern city of Gedaref on July 18, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
Sudanese farmers plow a field on the outskirts of Sudan's eastern city of Gedaref on July 18, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
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Sudan's RSF Agrees with UN on Steps to Ease Aid Delivery

Sudanese farmers plow a field on the outskirts of Sudan's eastern city of Gedaref on July 18, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
Sudanese farmers plow a field on the outskirts of Sudan's eastern city of Gedaref on July 18, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

Sudan's Rapid Support Forces agreed with the United Nations on some steps to ease aid delivery in areas under its control, a member of the RSF told Reuters on Thursday.

The Sudanese army has not reached any understandings on aid delivers with the RSF, he added. It is unclear if these steps could be implemented without the army's participation.

Meanwhile, a key supply route into Sudan's Darfur region, deemed at risk of famine by a global monitor, has been cut off due to heavy rains, a World Food Program official told Reuters on Thursday.
The UN agency has described Sudan as the world's biggest hunger crisis, with the western Darfur region most at risk as Sudan's 15-month civil war that has displaced millions and sparked ethnic violence grinds on.
WFP's Country Director Eddie Rowe said thousands of tons of aid are stranded at the Tina crossing on the Chad border, prompting the body to reopen talks with the army-aligned government to open an alternative, all-weather crossing further south called Adre.
"You have these huge rivers. As I speak now, our convoy, which is supposed to move over 2000 metric tons is stranded," he told Reuters from Port Sudan. Asked on the status of the talks that resumed this week, he said: "It's 50/50.”
WFP is now seeking clearances to move a large 70-truck convoy via a little-used, over 1000 kilometer route from Port Sudan to Darfur which Rowe said will involve crossing the battle lines of both the Sudan Armed Forces, the Rapid Support Forces and various militias.
He added that this mostly desert route has worked in the past but outside of the rainy season and that the last journey took weeks and was "fraught with a lot of challenges.”
In a separate interview, Mona Rishmawi, a member of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Sudan, told Reuters that she had met Darfur refugees in Chad who told her stories of escaping with virtually no water and eating grass along the route. "There's no doubt that people are starving," she said.