AU suspends participation in UN-led talks on Sudan

AU suspends participation in UN-led talks on Sudan

The African Union suspended its participation in the UN-led talks to end the Sudan political crisis after its representative in the talks cited lack of transparency and exclusion of important political actors from the process.

Mohamed Belaish, the AU representative in Khartoum was quoted by the state-run Sudan news agency as saying that “the African Union cannot participate in a process that is not based on transparency, honesty and non-exclusion”.

He said the AU would “not participate in a process that does not respect all the actors and treat them with full respect and on an equal footing”.

The UN-led intra-Sudanese dialogue process, which began on June 8, was postponed indefinitely days later, after the former ruling coalition Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) refused to join its sessions, the BBC reported.

The FFC is demanding the military to leave power and return power to a civilian transitional government.

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