By Nafisa Eltahir
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – The United Nations in Sudan says talks will begin on Monday with the aim of holding talks to resolve the country’s political crisis after the October coup.
The military coup disrupted the election process as the military agreed to share power with civilian groups following the ouster of Islamist Omar al-Bashir during the 2019 riots.
It also halted the economic downturn that Sudan had begun to experience after decades of secession and sanctions. Clashes with security forces at frequent protests have since killed at least 60 civilians and injured many others.
The first round of talks, which will begin on Monday, will focus on a major dialogue for candidates in the second round of direct or indirect dialogue between the various players, UN special envoy Volker Perthes told a news conference in Khartoum on Monday.
“We want to move quickly … We are starting this evening with the first group from civil society organizations. We will have a daily mix of the people we are talking to,” he said.
It would be difficult to establish a starting point for negotiations, Perthes added. “Time is precious, we know that. There is a lot going on in Sudan and in us.”
Unless a new transition to a viable electoral system is reached, Sudan’s economic woes could worsen and instability could spread inside and outside its borders, experts and ambassadors say.
“I believe that these talks can serve as a way to build confidence and help reduce violence,” Perthes said.
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