Sudan anti-junta group rejects UN offer for talks

2022-01-09 18:43:11
Sudan anti-junta group rejects UN offer for talks

The Sudanese Professionals Association, an activist coalition in the protests against former President Omar al-Bashir, on Sunday rejected UN-facilitated talks to solve the country’s political crisis. They want nothing short of removal of the generals from power.

On Saturday, the UN mission in Sudan launched a UN-facilitated intra-Sudanese political process in an effort to salvage Sudan’s transition to democracy.

Volker Perthes, the head of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), said the "process will be inclusive."

"We categorically reject this call, which seeks to push towards normalization with the military council and its authority,” SPA said in a statement. It said a solution to Sudan’s political crisis begins with the “complete overthrow of the military council and bringing its members to justice.”

The SPA has been the backbone of anti-coup protests, alongside youth groups known as the Resistance Committees.

Protesters continued their marches in Khartoum on Sunday, with security forces firing tear gas in at least one location to disperse demonstrators, according to activist Nazim Sirag. There were no immediate reports of causalities.

On Saturday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke with army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and stressed the need to form a civilian government.

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