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U.S., Western diplomats discuss ways to support Sudan’s civilian-led government


U.S. & Western diplomats discuss support to a civilian led govt in Sudan on 17 May 2019 (US Dept photo)
May 17, 2019 (WASHINGTON) - United States, and western partners Friday discussed in Washington ways to support a civilian-led democratic transition in Sudan and called for the resumption of talks to finalize an agreement on power handover.

The meeting which was convened by Tibor Nagy the U.S. State Department’s assistant secretary for Africa was attended by diplomats from the African Union, United Nations, European Union, Ethiopia as the chair of IGAD, Germany, France, the UK and Norway.

In tweets he posted after the meeting, Nagy said the participants "committed to coordinating efforts to encourage the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition to reach an agreement as soon as possible on an interim government that is truly civilian-led and reflects the will of the Sudanese people".

On Tuesday 14 May, the TMC and Sudanese opposition forces agreed to a three-year transitional period also the FFC forces would have two-thirds of the seats on a legislative assembly.

However, after the shooting on civilians for the second day the army cancelled a meeting that had to discuss the composition of a sovereign council.

The TMC spoke about infiltrators saying they were behind the attack. They pointed to the need to create conducive atmosphere saying the opposition forces have three days to remove the roadblocks before to resume discussions.

Nagy said the meeting called on the Sudanese parties to immediately resume talks and discussed ways to support the standing-up of a civilian-led government.

"We also discussed ways to support a civilian-led interim government in the future to implement the political and economic reforms and institution building needed for a stable transitional period leading to free and fair elections in Sudan, and to facilitate economic growth and prosperity," he stressed.

The 30-year rule of Islamists in Sudan led to the isolation of the east African nation which is in the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism and faces important economic challenges besides internal armed conflicts in Darfur and the Two Areas.

According to the U.S. top diplomat for Africa, he and the other participants underlined their support for the African Union’s efforts in Sudan particularly the decision of the Peace and Security Council to give the TMC two-month delay to hand over power to a civilian-led government.

The meeting, also, voiced concern about the recent violence directed by "security forces against protesters", and called on the military council to allow peaceful protests and hold accountable those responsible for recent violence.

Five civilians and one military were killed and over a hundred protesters were injured following attacks on Monday and Tuesday by Sudanese security forces on protesters in the streets surrounding the sit-in area outside the arm headquarters in Khartoum.


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  • 18 May 2019 03:09, by Pakuai

    There they are again, why don’t those US, western, European Union, African Union and IGAD diplomats let Sudan civilians and military officials ’sort out’ their own issues without those creeps usual dirty ’foot and mouths’ in? And of course our ’servile’ African Union & IGAD will just trudge along their US and European masters so long as they would be given a pay at the of the day, pathetic indeed>

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    • 18 May 2019 03:22, by Pakuai

      Our African Union, IGAD, ECOWAS and SADC have turned out to be the US and the Europeans ’busybodies’ any country in the continent the ’Europeans and their US’ attack dog want to be fixed up for their own interests and tell their ’AU, IGAD, ECOWAS or SADC’ busybodies to go and do the US and Europeans biddings and they will simply go without asking their masters to why?. And all of these have been>>

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      • 18 May 2019 03:33, by Pakuai

        proven here in South Sudan, DR Congo, Central Africa republic (CAR), Libya, Somalia, Zimbabwe and Gambia. The Libyan case was even more embarassing to any real African with who values dignity. Libya was bombed by the US, France and the UK as mercenaries and were paid by their gulf Arab states financiers to do the bombings and our ’African Union’ of all Unions ’cowered like goats’ being led into>>>

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  • 18 May 2019 04:02, by Pakuai

    the Nile. And embarassingly enough, Libya was the one which used to pay a lot of the African Union upkeeps. When some of us who know who are leading the so-called IGAD and the African Union (the AU) played our country. South Sudan in the hotels, bars and brothels of Adis Ababa, Nairobi, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, North Sudan, Egypt and of Mauritania in West Africa was going to be>>>

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    • 18 May 2019 04:16, by Pakuai

      the next country our country’s issues to be taken to by the so-called African Union, IGAD-plus and their US, Europeans and their gulf Arab states financiers. But to be honest fellows, here in South Sudan, people are pretty much racists than even Arabs, English people and white Americans. And here in South Sudan, we have an absolute contempt towards any evil on earth who thinks he/she can>>>

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      • 18 May 2019 04:30, by Pakuai

        stand over our necks and worst enough, here in South Sudan, people are pretty much ’revengeful’ do anything wrong South Sudanese menwomen----the Dinkas/Muonyjiengs of the Sudan to be precise and they will definately revenged. It is the way it, simple and square. We keep informing our lowly informed losers that losers like Thabo Mbeki, the criminal who let their country be taken by the Dutch>>>

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        • 18 May 2019 04:43, by Pakuai

          and their evil English people and he was used by our enemies from the US, the UK, his gulf Arab states paymasters and cloned so-called arab of North Sudan to ’sit over our Abyei’ and ’Southern Khordufan and Southern Blue Nile’ and convince our people to live or welcome their Bantus cowered, cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, evil juus (so-called israelis), Abeshas (so-called ethiopians)>>>

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          • 18 May 2019 05:00, by Pakuai

            English people and their evil white Americans, Indians, Pakistanis, Nepalese, Bangaledishis, Sri Lankans or other bunch of evils around the world we don’t want here in our country and our people, PEOPLE. Just like there are *those evils* in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi or Kenya. Good luck with that fellows>>>

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            • 18 May 2019 06:27, by Pakuai

              South Sudan is not part of the evil *so-called ANGLO-AMERICAN empire* never has and will never ever will under the sun. Countries like Kenya, Abesh (so-called ethiopia), North Sudan and even Uganda have been hedged, by our enemies ever since and the *whole games/intrigues* is all about to *Geopolitically chess game or football* South Sudan & South Sudanese people>>

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              • 18 May 2019 08:23, by Pakuai

                just like their then so-called COLD WAR in DR Congo, Angola, Mozambique, some West African countries, Middle East, Cuba, South American countries, Asian countries, and some of their creeps in between out of *map*, reasons, HATRED and Rure HATRED.

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                • 18 May 2019 13:17, by ThaGoblin

                  Why do you have to get involved and ramble about everything we can barely stand your comments on south sudanese based articles lol. How about this I’m Sudanese and I am for their involvement vs the islamists who have their sources of support

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