African-Ethiopian mediation call for direct meeting between Sudanese parties

KHARTOUM, The African, and Ethiopian mediators Tuesday called for a direct meeting between the Sudanese Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Freedom and Change Declaration on Wednesday.

The parties had been given a call for direct negotiations on a draft agreement to form a sovereignty council after adding their proposals to the text, paving the way for an imminent deal, African Union (AU) envoy Mohammad Al-Hassan Labat told a joint news conference with the Ethiopian mediator Mahmoud Drier in Khartoum.

Dreir noted that the mediation calls for direct negotiations between the TMC and the Declaration to resolve outstanding problems and achieve the aspirations of the Sudanese people.

The forces of freedom and change called earlier for civil disobedience and a political strike across Sudan on July 14.

It also has tightened their demands for an independent international commission of inquiry into violence since the ouster of former Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and the immediate handover of power to a civilian transitional authority.

Talks broke out between the military council and the declaration when security forces stormed a sit-in outside the foreign ministry’s headquarters on June 3.

Sudan has been racking up unrest since last December, turning anger from rising bread prices and lack of liquidity into ongoing protests that culminated in armed forces’ intervention to remove Al-Bashir on April 11.

Source: Kuwait News Agency