Consensus emerging on many issues, UN’s Sudan envoy tells Security Council
NNN: The United Nations envoy for Sudan told the Security Council today that a consensus has emerged on many issues to establish a functional government, warning that Khartoum could lose billions in foreign aid without such an administration.
“Unless the current trajectory is corrected, Sudan will be headed for security and economic collapse, as well as significant humanitarian suffering,” warned Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan.
The African country has not had a functioning government since the military coup on October 25, 2021.
Perthes, also head of the UN Transitional Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), said the UN-led broad consultations on a political process, involving more than 800 participants from all parts of the country, have found a “visible” consensus on many issues. including on the need to end the violence, establish a technocratic government and watchdog, and adopt critical legislation.
There was also broad agreement on the need to reconsider the role, size and composition of the Sovereignty Council, which was to have functioned as a collective head of state during a 39-month transition period, scheduled to end in November 2022.
points of agreement
The consultations also found common ground on a minimum representation of 40 per cent of women in transitional institutions and on mechanisms to promote women’s rights.
In addition, a general consensus emerged around the need for a single unified professional army, the establishment of judicial entities, the conditions for credible elections, and an inclusive constitutional process.
Going forward, he told the Security Council, the UN, the African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) will lead joint efforts to support Sudan’s political process, building on their respective strengths. The intention is to facilitate an inclusive, Sudanese-owned and Sudanese-led political process.
New phase of talks
An intensive phase of talks is expected to begin in the next two weeks with a view to a return to constitutional order and an empowered civilian-led government to guide Sudan through the transition period.
“Time is not on Sudan’s side,” he warned, adding that Sudan could lose billions in external support as disbursements from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other major donors have stopped and will continue. that way. as long as there is no functional government.
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