UN chief calls for utmost restraint in Sudan

UN chief calls for utmost restraint in Sudan

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United Nations, Jun 1: The UN Secretary-General called for “utmost restraint” on the part of Sudan’s military leadership, after a week of rising tension with demonstrators, over stalled talks towards a return to civilian rule.

Protesters have been staging a sit-in in central Khartoum -- one of the factors which led to the military overthrow of former president, Omar al-Bashir in April. But according to news reports, the military now see the sit-in as a threat, and concern is rising that they may move to clear the site by force.

In his statement on Friday, António Guterres stressed “the importance of upholding the human rights of all citizens, including the right to freedom of assembly and of expression.”

The UN chief noted a communique adopted by the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council last Monday, and welcomed the progress achieved by the generals and opposition leaders in transition talks so far.

“The Secretary-General calls on the parties to resume and conclude the negotiations over the transfer of power to a civilian-led transitional authority as soon as possible, as required by the African Union,” said the statement. The UN is committed to working with the AU to support to process, “and stands ready to support the Sudanese stakeholders in their efforts to build lasting peace”, the statement concluded.