Home | News    Tuesday 16 July 2019

EU links normalization with Sudan to power transfer to civilians


Pekka Haavisto meeting FFC delegates during his visit to Khartoum from 10 to 11 July 2019
July 14, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - European Union Foreign Affairs Council Monday reiterated calls for swift power transfer for a civilian-led authority saying it would not normalize relations with Sudan if they military council tighten grip on power.

The calls come in a statement issued after a briefing made by Pekka Haavisto Finland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs to the EU Foreign Affairs Council on his recent visit to Khartoum and the region for talks on power handover to civilian authority after the collapse of al-Bashir’s regime.

“A civilian-led transitional authority is the only partner with which EU-Sudan relations can be normalised,” said the EU statement.

“When Sudan embarks on a transition to civilian rule, the EU looks forward to supporting the country in tackling the social, economic and political challenges and implementing the necessary reforms, and will provide assistance accordingly,” further stressed the statement.

In statements to the Finnish news media Yle on Friday 12 July, Haavisto pointed to the weak ability of the military junta to lead the country adding “they admit it themselves” as he was commenting on reports about an aborted coup.

The EU “firmly” condemned the violent attacks on the pro-democracy sit-in on 3 June 2019, “which resulted in the killing and injuring of many peaceful civilian protesters, as well as sexual and gender-based violence”.

It further called to investigate all human rights violations and abuses in an independent and transparent manner, and that the perpetrators be held accountable for their acts.

The European diplomats also said concerned by the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Sudan and renewed its commitment to help to address the needs of the affected population.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam: A last chance for diplomacy 2020-06-01 18:14:13 Is the GERD turning from an opportunity for cooperation into a cause for antagonism? by Yaseen Mohmad Abdalla And edited by Peter Riddell The dispute between Egypt and Sudan on the one side, (...)

Smear campaign against head of national security 2020-05-31 18:05:31 By Machar Mayuen This statement serves to condemn all the smears campaigns labelled against the Director-General of National Security Service (NSS) General Akol Koor Kuc by anti-peace elements (...)

Sudan’s legitimate request for UN assistance: the opponents and their interior motives (1-3) 2020-05-30 22:57:09 By: Trayo A. Ali Political bodies opposing the proposed UN support mission to Sudan are the Popular Congress Party (NCP), Law and Development Party (led by the well-known supporter of ISIS Dr (...)


Latest Press Releases

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.