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Second Round of Sudanese Talks Gets Underway

By Khartoum - Ahmed Younis
Protesters hold flags and chant slogans (File photo: Reuters)

Sudan announced the launch of the second round of indirect talks on the Sudanese crisis, at the invitation of the Tripartite Mechanism, at the headquarters of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) in Khartoum.

The meetings brought together leaders of the Alliance of Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change - Central Council, the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom, and the Democratic Unionist Party.

The talks aim to restore the transition and democratic civil government.

The Freedom and Change forces rejected any discussions that might bring "remnants" of the Brotherhood regime toppled by the popular revolution and any dialogue that did not fulfill the people's demands to restore civil transition and achieve justice.

The tripartite Mechanism, consisting of the UNITAMS, African Union, and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), said in a press statement that its representatives expressed their optimism about the "progress of the talks" in a "positive atmosphere."

They hoped to agree on a "formula that puts an end to the current political crisis."

In a press statement, the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change - the Central Council - announced that they met with the Mechanism to discuss its ideas on the talks.

The meeting also discussed the Mechanism's ideas on the preparatory phase, the vision of "Freedom and Change" regarding ending military rule, and institutions that will be formed according to the framework of the new constitution.

The Forces published a "written" memorandum that it had handed over to the Tripartite Committee during the meeting, including its vision for the transitional phase facilitated by the Mechanism.

The Forces affirmed its belief in the political solution as one of the tools for ending the country's crises. However, it stipulated that the political resolution must meet the people's demands and return to civilian rule. It must also achieve comprehensive security and military reform, leading to the formation of a single army.

The statement noted that the Forces would support the political track if it addressed judicial issues and exposed crimes aiming to reach free and fair elections at the end of the transitional period, during which the people can determine their options.

It also called for taking practical steps to "create the atmosphere for the political process," including releasing all detainees, ending the state of emergency, and stopping all forms of violence against civilians in Darfur and all regions.

Meanwhile, the pro-military Alliance for Freedom and Change affirmed its support for dialogue and broad national consensus.

It asserted that it would deal seriously with the initiative of the Tripartite Mechanism, to prevent "some parties" from being singled out through bilateral political settlements that do not receive the national consensus and ensure the country is not ruled by an "unelected" group.

Direct talks were scheduled to begin between the Sudanese parties on May 10, but the significant differences and discrepancies between the political forces prevented them from being held directly and on time, and the Tripartite Mechanism resorted to indirect talks.

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