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West Warns Sudan Against Forming Cabinet that ‘Lacks Credibility’

West Warns Sudan Against Forming Cabinet that ‘Lacks Credibility’

Saturday, 30 April, 2022 - 07:15
Lt-Gn Abdel Fattah al-Burhan after signing the Juba Agreement (File photo: Reuters)

A high-level Western delegation has warned Sudan against any agreement or government resulting from non-inclusive processes, which would lack credibility with the Sudanese public and the international community.


Senior officials from France, Germany, Norway, the UK, the US, and the EU concluded a joint visit to Khartoum to show support for the people of Sudan and a civilian-led transition towards democracy.


The delegation called for immediate progress towards a transitional civilian government agreed through the Sudanese-led political process being facilitated by the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission to Sudan (UNITAMS), the African Union (AU), and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).


They expressed grave concern about the former regime members once again being installed, further exacerbating tensions in Sudanese society and making it more difficult to implement reforms.


The delegation reaffirmed their governments’ and the EU’s unwavering support for the Sudanese people’s aspirations for freedom, peace, and justice.


They welcomed the facilitators’ announcement that they would convene a meeting to this end on May 10-12.


The delegation called upon all Sudanese stakeholders to participate constructively and fully in this process and pointed out to the dangers of any further delay.


The officials warned against any agreement or government resulting from non-inclusive processes, which would lack credibility with the Sudanese public and the international community.


The delegation underscored the importance of action to create an enabling environment for the success of the UNITAMS-AU-IGAD facilitated process.


They welcomed the recent release of some detained political leaders and pressed Sudan’s military leaders to release all remaining political detainees and activists, end violence, including sexual and gender-based violence, against protestors, ensure accountability for those responsible for such acts and immediately lift the state of emergency.


They expressed grave concern about the former regime members once again being installed, further exacerbating tensions in Sudanese society and making it more difficult to implement reforms.


They stressed that freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association needed to be respected in full for the UNITAMS-AU-IGAD facilitated process to succeed.


Western officials pledged to continue humanitarian and other direct assistance to the Sudanese people during this difficult time.


They underscored that international financial support for the Sudanese government, including debt relief, could only follow the establishment of a credible civilian government.


They expressed concern that without this, Sudan might lose billions of dollars in development assistance from the World Bank and that Sudan’s IMF program and $19 billion in associated debt relief would be imperiled.


The delegation also noted the fragile state of Sudan’s peace process, as tragically illustrated by the recent deaths of more than 200 people in West Darfur.


The delegation strongly condemned this violence and called for those responsible to be held accountable.


They underscored the urgent need to rapidly implement the security structures envisioned under the Juba Peace Agreement.


The visiting delegation met with Sudanese society and political leaders, including the members of the Transitional Sovereign Council, chaired by Lt-Gn Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.


It consisted of French Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Frederic Clavier, German Director for East Africa and the Horn of Africa Thorsten Hutter, Norwegian Director-General for Regional Affairs May-Elin Stener, UK Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea Philip Parham, US Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Africa, Sudan, and South Sudan Peter Lord, and EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa Annette Weber.


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