In their second week since SRSG Volker Perthes launched them on January 8, the UN-facilitated consultations on a political process for Sudan continued to engage with Sudanese stakeholders. Due to ongoing roadblocks and bridge closures, making access to UNITAMS difficult, some consultations scheduled for this week had to be rescheduled. Consultations were held with representatives of the Women’s Agenda; the National Ummah Party; the Sudan Liberation Army Transitional Council (SLA-TC), the Democratic Unionist Party and the FFC Central Committee.
During these consultations, participants offered concrete suggestions on the way forward for the transition and presented views on the scope and parameters of the consultation process, including ways to enhance international support. Significant parts of the discussions touched on immediate priority issues, including ending the violence, and addressed the root causes of the current crisis.
In the coming week, UNITAMS will continue to meet with political parties, Darfur resistance committees and civil society groups, including women’s groups, families of martyrs of recent protests, representatives of professional associations and groups signatories to the Juba Peace Agreement. Military and security forces will also be included as part of this week’s consultations. UNITAMS will continue to broaden the scope of the consultations and engage groups in all Sudanese states to ensure that the process is truly Sudanese-owned and requires the meaningful participation of women. Consultations with representatives from across the Sudanese political spectrum and civil society will continue in the coming weeks.