The head of the United Nations Mission in Sudan, Volker Peretz, started extensive movements with senior officials in the transitional authority, including civilians, military personnel and the parties to the peace process from the leaders of the armed movements, to overcome the current political crisis against the backdrop of the coup attempt that occurred last week.
A mass movement took place in Khartoum and several states to reject “attempts to undermine civilian rule,” while a senior official in the “Committee to Dismantle the Salvation Regime” accused a group from abroad of supporting the coup attempt.
The head of the UN Integrated Mission to Support the Transition in Sudan (UNITAMS) urged governance partners to reduce escalation and media exchanges and focus on dialogue and cooperation.
The two members of the Transitional Sovereign Council in Sudan, Mohamed Al-Faki Suleiman, and Mohamed Hassan Al-Taishi, met with the head of the UN mission in two separate meetings. Volcker said in a press statement that “it is very important to maintain the ideal partnership between the partners of the transitional period,” noting that it will lead to “a complete and comprehensive transition to democratic civil rule and peace in Sudan.”
He called on all parties to “reduce escalation and media exchanges and focus on dialogue and cooperation,” pointing out that political differences are “normal.” He stressed the need for cooperation to move forward towards political transition, internal peace, and democracy.
Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok said, in an interview with Sudan TV, the day before yesterday, that the conflict currently taking place in the country “is not between soldiers and civilians, but between those who believe in the democratic civil transition from civilians and soldiers, and those who seek to block the road ahead of it on both sides.”
Thousands gathered in Omdurman, the second-largest city in the capital, to reject any attempt to block the path to democratic transformation in the country.
Tensions escalated between civilians and the military in the transitional authority after the coup attempt, last Tuesday, and as a result, the army withdrew the protection and security forces from members of the Sovereignty Council and the headquarters that the dismantling committee had recovered from the isolated regime.