Hamdok, Perthes discuss UNITAMS east Sudan visit

The Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok was briefed by the head of UNITAMS Volker Perthes on the results of the mission’s delegation’s visit to the east of the country.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

On Monday, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok met with the delegation of the United Nations Integrated Mission to Support the Transition in Sudan (UNITAMS), led by head of the mission Volker Perthes.

The two sides discussed the current political situation and efforts being taken to get out of the current crisis.

The Prime Minister, according to SUNA, thanked the UNITAMS delegation for efforts in “helping develop the dialogue on reaching solutions to the eastern problem.”

The UNITAMS delegation presented a broad explanation of the problem in east Sudan, in the light of meetings held with several components.

Unrest in the East

Since last month, proponents of the head of the Beja council, Syed Muhammad al-Amin Tirk, have shut down the ports and the national road linking the east to the rest of Sudan, to demand the abolition of the “eastern path” within the Juba Peace Agreement.

The addition of paths – East, North and Central – within the Juba Peace Agreement, sparked widespread controversy, in terms of them being areas where there was no armed conflict.

The protestors in eastern Sudan not only demanded the cancellation of the track, but also extended to the dissolution of the transitional government, which made them lose the sympathy of many parties.

The Sudanese government has acknowledged that the demands of the east are objective and fair, but at the same time called for the opening of the national road and ports before negotiations could proceed.

Tirk, in recent days, has shown flexibility in his reactions to the transitional government.

Prime Minister Hamdok announced earlier that his government was planning an international donor conference to provide support to eastern Sudan; a region that is among the most underdeveloped regions in the country.

Sudan is currently experiencing the biggest political crisis since the beginning of the transitional period.

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