The Ethiopian delegate has reportedly concluded meetings with different groups in Sudan including TMC leaders at this writing but it is unclear as to what is achieved so far
June 7, 2019
As Sudan’s opposition demands a transfer of power from the Transitional Military Council to a civilian government, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed led a high-level delegation to Sudan to broker peace between the two contending forces in Sudan.
According to the Sudan Tribune, It was head of the IGAD that initiated Prime Minister for mediation in Sudan. The mediation intends to achieve a civilian-led transitional government, which will be good for three years if it happens, in Sudan which is essentially what the Sudanese opposition is pushing for.
Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew and Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Defense Force, General Seare Mekonnen, among others, are part of the Prime Minister’s entourage to Sudan.
The delegation held talks with Chief of the Sudanese Transitional Military Council, Lt. Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.
As well, the Office of the Prime Minister disclosed after the visit that the Abiy Ahmed held discussion with the main opposition group as part of the mediation effort. He told the opposition group that Ethiopia is fully committed to fostering peace in the region and that unity is a precondition for peace in Sudan.
Egyptian representatives and African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui, are in Sudan to mediate between transitional Sudanese military leaders who overthrew the country’s longtime military leader, Omar Al-Bashir, and the opposition group.
It was following Sudan’s temporary suspension from the African Union Sudanese opposition, Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), demanded the full transfer of power to a civilian government without any negotiation, as reported by Sudan Tribune.
Also, the opposition demanded “The immediate dismantling of the Janjaweed militias and handing over their weapons to the army, and end the bloody rampage in the streets of the cities,” as cited in Sudan Tribune.
On June 3, dozens of protesters were killed outside the army headquarters and the country’s prosecutor has started an investigation into the killings, reported Sudanese news source.
Ethoipia’s northern neighbor, Eritrea , has sent a high level delegation sometime in May. Eritrea’s position is that the African Union should not interfere in the affairs of Sudan.
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