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UN Security Council condemns Sudan violence, calls on all sides to work towards solution

The council called on all sides 'to continue working together towards a consensual solution to the current crisis' and voiced support for African-led diplomatic efforts

AFP , Wednesday 12 Jun 2019
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The UN Security Council on Tuesday condemned recent violence in Sudan, calling on the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the protest movement to work toward a solution to the crisis.

The council called on all sides "to continue working together towards a consensual solution to the current crisis" and voiced support for African-led diplomatic efforts.

Sudan has been ruled by the TMC after the army ousted President Omar al-Bashir in April following months of nationwide protests against his 30-year-old rule.

Following a mediation led by Ethiopia, protest leaders agreed to return to talks with the TMC over interim political arrangements. 

The appeal from world powers came a week after Russia and China had blocked a similar draft statement on the crisis in Sudan.

UN diplomats said the statement drafted by Britain and Germany ran into some resistance from China and Russia, which did not want to issue a condemnation, but the strong language was nevertheless agreed.

A senior US diplomat, Tibor Nagy, is to arrive in Khartoum this week for talks on the crisis.

The United Nations is strongly backing the African Union in its bid to put Sudan on a path toward civilian rule.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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