The UN mission in Sudan confirmed that it is holding consultations on a comprehensive political process among the Sudanese on moving forward for democracy and peace.
The UN mission in Sudan UNITAMS revealed seven items concerning the comprehensive political process it intends to present in Sudan, and explained that it is represented in facilitating the UN support for Sudanese conflicting parties to reach consensus on how to move forward.
The United Nations had announced the launch of “preliminary consultations” on January 10 between civilians and military personnel in Sudan with the aim of resolving the crisis in the country.
In a statement, the UN said that its representative in Sudan, Volker Perthes, will officially launch the initial consultations for a political process between the Sudanese parties.
UNITAMS explained that the mission was established at Sudan’s request and has a mandate to assist in the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, and support the government in promoting human rights and sustainable peace.
As part of its role, under Security Council resolution 2524 (2020), UNITAMS will work with all actors to develop an inclusive process that can lead to consensus on the path towards a fully democratic, civilian-led transition.
In Preliminary Consultations
The UN mission said that the process launched by UNITAMS will begin with initial consultations with stakeholders, including the government, political actors, peace partners, armed movements, civil society, resistance committees, women’s groups, and youth.
UNITAMS pointed out that the UN has no position on the outcome of this process, which will be guided by the opinions of the Sudanese themselves, saying that it will only, “provide a range of capabilities to maximize participation and ensure engagement across the political spectrum and throughout the country.”
It also explained that the result of this initial stage of consultations will contribute to designing the next steps for the process.
Obligation to Delegate
The UN mission affirmed that the United Nations is committed, in accordance with its mandate, to support a civilian-led government as the ultimate goal of the transitional phase in Sudan.
UNITAMS also noted that the United Nations is counting on the full cooperation of all parties, especially the authorities, to create an appropriate atmosphere for these consultations, and noted that this must include an immediate end to the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators, holding the perpetrators of this violence accountable, and preserving and protecting the human rights of the Sudanese people.