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G7: Resumption of Economic Support to Sudan Hinges on Restoration of Civilian-Led Govt

G7: Resumption of Economic Support to Sudan Hinges on Restoration of Civilian-Led Govt

Tuesday, 17 May, 2022 - 10:00
12 May 2022, Sudan, Khartoum: Demonstrators head towards the Presidential Palace during a protest against military rule in Khartoum. (dpa)

The G7 has urged the active politicians in Sudan to agree on key negotiation issues in order to restore civil rule.

“We continue to call for a return to a civilian-led transition towards an inclusive democracy and peace after the military takeover on 25 October 2021.

“Restoration of a credible civilian-led government is vital to allow for the resumption of economic support and international debt relief to help Sudan resolve its economic crisis,” said the foreign ministers of the G7 countries in a joint statement after meeting in Germany.

“We urge an end to the violence, including sexual and gender-based violence, against protesters, the immediate release of all those unjustly detained and an end to any practice of arbitrary arrests and detentions.”

The G7 condemned these acts “in the strongest terms” and insisted “on the importance of justice for victims and survivors in order to achieve reconciliation.”

The FMs also called “for the immediate lifting of the State of Emergency.”

“The military needs to show through its actions that it is indeed committed to a peaceful and democratic Sudan. Civilian actors also need to find common ground about key negotiation issues to take back the reins of a civilian-led government.

“We welcome the cooperation of the UN, AU and IGAD in co-facilitating a Sudanese-led political process and encourage all actors to continue engaging in the next phase of the process towards a resolution of the crisis and a peaceful, democratic, and civilian-led Sudan,” the statement read.

The G7 consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, and the High Representative of the European Union.

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