Guterres calls for urgent response to the outstanding issues in Sudan

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On Monday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for “urgently addressing outstanding issues in Sudan to complete the political transition in an inclusive manner while respecting human rights and the rule of law.”

This came in a press conference held by the spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Stephane Dujarric, at the permanent headquarters of the International Organization in New York.

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The official spokesman was responding to journalists’ questions regarding the Secretary-General’s position on the political agreement signed by Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and Army Commander Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Sunday.

On Sunday, Al-Burhan and Hamdok signed a political agreement with the aim of ending a crisis that Sudan has been going through for nearly a month.

In light of intense international pressure and continuous internal demonstrations calling for full civilian rule and an end to the partnership in power with the army.

“For us, we consider it very important to emphasize the need to protect the constitutional order, to protect basic freedoms for political action, freedom of expression, and peaceful assembly,” the spokesman said.

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“Transition partners will need to urgently address outstanding issues to complete the political transition in an inclusive manner while respecting human rights and the rule of law,” he added.

“And of course we also reiterate our call for independent investigations into the deaths we have seen over the past few weeks and accountability for justice.”

On the Secretary-General’s position regarding 12 of the dismissed ministers, who were dismissed by a decision of the army commander, “Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan” earlier today.

Their resignation in writing to the head of the transitional government, Abdullah Hamdok, the spokesman said: “I think that this only confirms the need to protect the transitional process.”

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Since last October 25, Sudan has been experiencing a severe crisis, as Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency, dissolved the Sovereignty Councils and the transitional ministers.

Also dismissed the governors after the arrest of party leaders, ministers, and officials, which sparked continuous protests that reject these measures as a “military coup”.

The isolated government has consisted of 26 ministers since Hamdok announced the formation of this government on February 8.

According to the 14-article Al-Burhan-Hamdok agreement, a government of competencies (without party affiliations) will be formed.