African Union warns against foreign interference in Sudan crisis
The African Union warned Sunday against foreign interference in the Sudan crisis and demanded the fighting parties to “swiftly embrace a peaceful solution and inclusive dialogue.”
The AU’s Peace and Security Council said in a statement that the bloc “strongly rejects any external interference that could complicate the situation in Sudan.”
The council issued the statement after an emergency meeting on Sudan held at the African Union’s headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
The council also urged regional countries and other stakeholders to support ongoing efforts to return the country to the transition process towards a constitutional order.
It also demanded the Sudanese military and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) to “swiftly embrace a peaceful solution and inclusive dialogue” to resolve their differences.
Heavy clashes erupted between the two sides on April 15 after the military said recent movements by the RSF had occurred without coordination and were illegal, with their rift centering around a proposed transition to civilian rule.
The fighting has derailed the latest internationally backed plan for a transition to a civilian government, four years after the fall of President Omar al-Bashir and two years after a military coup..
US, Western interference aimed at destabilizing Africa, other regions
Western powers have a long history of committing horrendous crimes in Africa, including slavery and colonization. They also continue to meddle in independent African countries by supporting brutal dictators and overthrowing democratically elected governments that do not align with their interests.
The continent is now turning into a battleground of renewed rivalry at the strategic levels between superpowers, with countries increasingly realigning themselves strategically to reap maximum economic benefits in their engagement with global powers.
Over the last few years, China and Russia have expanded their sphere of influence in Africa, and this has angered Western colonial powers that view the continent as their backyard.
Numerous high-ranking officials from the United States and the European Union have traveled to Africa over the last year in a bid to strengthen their footprint in Africa.