UN calls on Sudan’s army to restore transitional government

The UN Security Council unanimously expresses “serious concern” about the military coup in Sudan, but does not take stronger action.

The United Nations Security Council issued its first statement since the military dissolved the country’s transitional government, which shared power, expressing “serious concern,” but did not come to a strong condemnation of the coup.

In a press release approved by the 15-member council on Thursday, the most powerful UN body expressed “solidarity” with the Sudanese people and “called on all parties to exercise the utmost restraint, refrain from using the violence and emphasized the importance of full respect for human rights, including the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression ”.

He also demanded the immediate release of all those detained and affirmed his willingness “to support the efforts to carry out the democratic transition of Sudan” and the aspirations of the peoples “for an inclusive, peaceful, stable, democratic and prosperous future.”

The British-drafted text was the product of days of laborious talks between council members that had started with an urgent session on Tuesday. It went through several revisions, diplomats said, mainly to address objections from Russia, which did not want to “condemn” the military takeover as originally proposed.

At China’s insistence, the text explicitly states that the deposed Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok had returned home Tuesday night after being arrested. The UN has maintained that it is denied freedom of movement.

The military seized power in the East African country on Monday after a period of intense political crisis, which included street demonstrations demanding that the military end its involvement in the government.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who previously headed a transitional government together with Hamdok, announced on Monday that the civilian government had been dissolved and declared a state of emergency.

Foreign diplomats met with Hamdok late Wednesday at his residence and said he was in good health.

In a report from the UN headquarters in New York, Kristen Saloomey of Al Jazeera said that the document issued by the Security Council was a press release and did not carry the same weight as a resolution, which are necessary for the Council to Security issue sanctions or initiate a peace. -Maintenance mission.

While he showed that the Security Council is united in expressing concern about the situation, “it did not go as far as some council members wanted” in condemning the military takeover, Saloomey said.

Earlier this week, the head of the UN, Antonio Guterres, had pointed out that the strong geopolitical divisions within the Security Council were causing “difficulties in taking forceful action.”

“My call is for the great powers especially to come together for the unity of the Security Council to ensure that there is effective deterrence in relation to this epidemic of coups,” Guterres said Tuesday. “We have seen that today there is no effective deterrent.”

International pressure against the coup has been mounting, and several Western embassies in Khartoum say they will continue to recognize the ousted Prime Minister Hamdok and his cabinet as “the constitutional leaders of the transitional government” of Sudan.

On Wednesday, Sudan’s ruling army announced that it would fire six ambassadors, including Sudanese ambassadors to the United States, the European Union, China, Qatar, France and the country’s head of mission in the Swiss city of Geneva, apparently over his rejection of the army. take the control.


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