Security Council members request emergency Sudan meet Tuesday: Diplomats

AFP , Monday 25 Oct 2021

The UN Security Council is expected to meet in an emergency closed-door session Tuesday to address the crisis in Sudan, diplomats told AFP, after a military general ousted the civilian government.

Sudanese protest against a military coup that overthrew the transition to civilian rule, on October 25, 2021 in the al-Shajara district in southern Khartoum. - Sudan s top general declared a state of emergency today as soldiers rounded up civilian leaders, with three people killed as soldiers put down furious protests decrying a coup (Photo by AFP)

The session was requested by Britain, Estonia, France, Ireland, Norway and the United States, the diplomats said Monday.

During a press conference by video link from Khartoum with journalists in New York, the UN envoy to Sudan, Germany's Volker Perthes, indicated his intent to inform Tuesday's Security Council meeting on the Sudan developments.

He also urged its 15 members to show unity, stressing that their statements had been taken into account seriously for two years by Sudanese actors.

Council members are considering asking the broader UN membership to adopt a joint declaration, diplomats said.

However, this would not go so far as to condemn the coup, as the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres firmly did, but would limit itself to evoking the concern of the Security Council.

The military move by Sudan's top general to declare a state of emergency and dissolve government -- one of several such takeovers in Africa this year -- sparked swift international condemnation.

The UN demanded the "immediate release" of the prime minister, while the US suspended aid and urged restoration of a civilian government.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan's announcement in a televised address came after the armed forces detained government leaders that have been heading the transition to full civilian rule following the April 2019 ouster of autocrat Omar al-Bashir, in one of the world's least developed countries.

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