France urges peaceful transition in Sudan

PARIS, France on Thursday said it hoped the transition underway in Sudan would be peaceful and that the Sudanese people’s demands should be heeded.

Earlier the Sudanese military said that they had arrested President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir and that he was being held in a secure place.

Four months of popular protests have taken place in Khartoum, calling for Al-Bashir to step down and for free and fair elections to be held.

The military said there would be a two-year transition period and the Defence Minister announced the constitution was being suspended during a State of Emergency period of several months.

“We are very attentive to the evolution of the situation in Sudan,” the French Foreign Ministry said in a briefing.

“We want the voice of the Sudanese people to be heard and that these ongoing evolutions take place without violence,” it added.

Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other charges linked to the military campaign in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 mostly civilians died and over two million were displaced over the past two decades.

Source: Kuwait News Agency