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Sudan on the brink, U.S., UK and Norway warn in fresh statement

Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon is an investigative journalist and publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA L.L.C. based in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.A. His twitter handle is @simonateba and his email is simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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In a joint statement on Tuesday, the United States, Norway and the United Kingdom condemned the latest violence in Sudan, warning that the transitional military council in the north African country has put the transition process and peace in jeopardy.

Sudan has been in turmoil before and after President Omar al-Bashir was ousted in April following months of street protests.

Mr. al-Bashir, who came to power in a military coup in 1989, ruled what was until 2011 Africa’s largest country with an iron fist. Street protests forced him to step down in April.

The Transitional Military Council seized power and promised to organize elections and return authority to a civilian government.

However, in recent weeks, the military council has seemed to be consolidating power with no intention to relinquish it.

In a statement on Tuesday, the governments of the U.S., UK and Norway, known as Troika, said the violent attacks in Sudan on June 3 resulted in the killing and injuring of many peaceful civilian protesters.

“By ordering these attacks, the Transitional Military Council has put the transition process and peace in Sudan in jeopardy,” the three governments said, adding that “we call for an agreed transfer of power to a civilian-led government as demanded by the people of Sudan”.

“We welcome the statement of the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) and support the important role of the AU in solving the crisis in Sudan, including its demand for an immediate handover to a civilian-led government”.

The Troika also expressed its serious concern over the TMC’s announcement that it will cease negotiations with the Forces for Freedom and Change, retract all previous agreements with them on formation of an interim government, and will hold elections within nine months”.

“The people of Sudan deserve an orderly transition, led by civilians, that can establish the conditions for free and fair elections, rather than have rushed elections imposed by the TMC’s security forces”.

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