Recent events in Sudan reinforce need to redouble efforts and support Sudanese people: Friends of Sudan Group

Recent events in Sudan reinforce need to redouble efforts and support Sudanese people: Friends of Sudan Group

RIYADH, 19th January, 2022 – France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the European Union, as core members of the Friends of Sudan Group, have met in Riyadh and emphasised that recent events in Sudan reinforce the need to redouble efforts and support the Sudanese people in their aspirations for civilian rule, stability, prosperity, and democracy.

The violence over the past week illustrated the imperative to ensure robust international support for the recently launched Sudanese-led political process facilitated by the UN Integrated Transition Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) under its good offices’ mandate, accorded to the mission under the Security Council Resolution 2579 (2021).

The Friends of Sudan pledged their full support to this process.

“We expect it will identify a way forward to resolve Sudan’s political impasse and end the violence,” the statement said.

The Friends of Sudan expressed solidarity with Sudanese stakeholders as they engaged in this process.

The statement added, “We urge all to engage in good faith and re-establish public trust in the inevitable transition to democracy.

This is the best way to achieve peace and stability, ensure justice and respect for human rights and economic recovery.

We encourage Sudanese stakeholders to consider carefully whether to amend the Constitutional Declaration and the Juba Peace Agreement, the current basis for the transition, as a way forward.

“Ideally, this political process will be time-bound and culminate in forming a civilian-led government that will prepare for democratic elections.

As women and youth continue to play a central role in the transition, their meaningful and direct participation in the political process will be essential to its success.

The Friends of Sudan condemned all violent acts yesterday and called for independent investigations to hold those responsible.

The Friends of Sudan called for the protection of peaceful protests moving forward, the lifting of the state of emergency, an end to attacks on medical facilities, the forced closure of media outlets and arbitrary arrests and detentions.

The Group also recognised the economic difficulties facing the Sudanese people and pledged to continue humanitarian and other direct support to the people of Sudan during this challenging period.

Concrete steps to advance a civilian-led transition to democracy will create conditions conducive for the international community to restore or expand economic assistance.

The Friends of Sudan fully acknowledged the critical and necessary engagement that regional bodies, including the African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the League of Arab States, bring to advancing Sudan’s democratic transition and the role they play in supporting UNITAMS in its mission to ensure that the Sudanese-led political process is a success.

The Friends of Sudan reaffirmed their strong commitment to supporting Sudan’s democratic transition and the realisation of the aspirations of the Sudanese people for freedom, peace, and justice, the statement concluded.

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