UNITAMS chief: We do not negotiate Islamists

Volker Perthes, head of UNITAMS, has said that they refuse to get into negotiations with Islamists, while stressing that no issue in Sudan will be resolved without the country’s youth.

AlTaghyeer: Agencies

Volker Perthes revealed that UNITAMS, the UN mission currently involved in facilitating political dialogue in Sudan which he presides over, completely refuses to engage in negotiations with outlawed Islamists.

Perthes said that him and the mission have “no intent” to involve Islamist stream parties in the conversation,

UNITAMS, along with the International General Authority for Development (IGAD) and the African Union, make up the bodies of the tripartite mechanism currently responsible for the on-going political dialogues to help lift Sudan off its crisis.

Reasons for Delayed Talks

In an interview with Al-Hurra TV channel, Perthes revealed that a scheduled dialogue between important sides of the Sudanese political conflict had been delayed due to the parties’ unavailability for a sit-down.

The unattended sit-down, according to Perthes, was aimed at facilitating an “all-Sudanese” dialogue.


Perthes commended the role of young people and resistance committees are playing in shaping the future of the country.

According to Perthes, the resistance that the military coup was met played a significant role in forcing the putschist military council to accept negotiations and dialogue.

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