The United Nations said it had begun talks in Sudan yesterday to save the move towards democracy after a military coup.
UN officials contacted political parties to find a way to move forward, and the military did not challenge the initiative, UN Special Rapporteur Volker Perthes told reporters.
“We want to act quickly,” he said.
The UN plan currently represents the only substantive effort to resolve the political crisis.
The October military takeover broke a power-sharing arrangement with private leaders aimed at paving the way for elections after the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
The coup also blocked the opening of the Western-backed economy after decades of isolation and sanctions.
Protesters regularly appear on the streets demanding civilian control, and medical personnel in line with the protests say more than 60 people died in clashes with security agencies.
“I hope these talks will be like confidence-building measures and at least help reduce violence,” Perthes said.
Protesters and political parties expelled by the coup have so far refused to negotiate directly with the military.
Therefore, the United Nations will begin by approaching the group individually, hoping to move to the second phase of direct or indirect negotiations, Perthes said.
The first session will be attended by a civil society group.
“We have a variety of stakeholders we talk to every day,” he said.
UN officials urged the group to present a vision for progress with the aim of forming an agreement on agreements and disagreements at the end of the talks.
Perthes said the military did not oppose the process, while only Bashir’s former ruling party and the Sudanese Communist Party rejected the initiative altogether.
He said it would be difficult to set a time frame to finish and start negotiations, and if an additional week or two is needed, no strict deadline will be imposed.
“Time is precious, we know it. There is a lot of pressure in Sudan and our situation.”
Unless a new path for transition and a path to credible elections are found, Sudan’s economic plight can worsen and instability can spread inside and outside the border, analysts and diplomats say.
Perthes told Reuters that it would find a way to take advantage of offers from international players such as the United States and Saudi Arabia, which are major donors, and others, including European countries and Kenya, have also offered help. Told.
“The United States, Saudi Arabia, and a few others are very deeply involved. They helped develop some ideas,” he said.
Further large-scale protests against the military are planned, and another round is scheduled tomorrow.
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