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Asharq Al-Awsat
Asharq Al-Awsat
Khartoum - Mohammed Amin Yassin

Burhan Reveals Proximity to Reaching Settlement for Sudan Crisis

Chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Sovereign Council Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, AP

Signs of a breakthrough in the political crisis in Sudan are looming with the North African country’s Chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, having said that the political scene would witness a breakthrough in the coming days.

Speaking to a crowd in the Kadbas area of River Nile state on Monday, Burhan said he is optimistic that the coming period will witness a breakthrough in the protracted political crisis pointing out that everyone senses the dangers of the stalemate.

Besides Burhan’s statement, a tripartite mechanism tasked with facilitating intra-Sudanese dialogue announced on Monday that they are getting closer to a satisfactory settlement for Sudan's political impasse.

The tripartite mechanism is composed of the United Nations, African Union, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

Burhan also rejected accusations of supporting the banned National Congress Party (NCP), which was headed by the ousted Sudan ruler Omar al-Bashir.

“Whoever claims that the armed forces support the National Congress Party we tell them you are liars. We support the Sudanese people,” he said

Burhan reiterated the army's commitment to stay away from political action and to make way for the political forces to form a fully civilian government.

“We do not have any desire to be in power, we work in our affairs of security and defense, and we are determined to do so,” he affirmed.

Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, generally referred to as Hemetti, deputy chairman of Sudan's Transitional Sovereign Council, met on Monday with representatives of the tripartite mechanism. This included the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Sudan, Volker Perthes.

Hemetti also met with the African Union’s Mohamed Belaish and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development representative, Mahmoud Younes.

"We see that we are getting closer and closer to a satisfactory settlement for all parties to the political process," Mohamed Belaish, spokesman of the tripartite mechanism, said after the meeting, without disclosing any details of the settlement.

He described the meeting with Dagalo as "positive and constructive," in which they reviewed the political developments and the ongoing dialogue among the country's political parties.

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