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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that "Sudan has reached important milestones," during a high-level virtual event with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Thursday.
The Secretary-General noted that the "Democratic governance and peace-making efforts have advanced" and added, "The Juba Peace Agreement, signed almost a year ago, paves the way for ending Sudan’s long-standing and devastating conflicts."
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok thanked the international and regional partners for "The utmost solidarity for the transitional government in condemning and denouncing the aborted military coup last week, as we reaffirmed our unwavering commitment to overcome all challenges facing our multidimensional, complicated, and difficult transition."
Authorities in Sudan announced that they had prevented an attempted coup on September 21, which they said was led by members of the Sudanese army loyal to ousted president Omar al-Bashir, who was removed from power in 2019.
Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide, who was also in attendance, referred to the recent attempted coup, saying, "We know that we cannot take democracy for granted unless firmly anchored in solid institutions, nor can we take a transition to democracy for granted."
SOT, Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General: "Sudan has reached important milestones. Despite the challenges, democratic governance and peace-making efforts have advanced. The Juba Peace Agreement, signed almost a year ago, paves the way for ending Sudan’s long-standing and devastating conflicts. As part of the nationally owned peace process, important work is underway to implement the Agreement and to reach a deal with non-signatory armed movements. Sudan has also undertaken ambitious economic reforms, culminating in the Decision Point of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative. This will allow a measure of relief from Sudan’s unsustainable debt burden and free up much-needed resources from the International Financial Institutions. The international community must do everything possible to help advance these and other efforts.”
SOT, Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General: “The attempted coup d’etat – which I condemn once again – is a reminder of persistent threats. It underscores the importance of undertaking all efforts to protect civilians, strengthen human rights, and provide safety and security for all.”
SOT, Abdalla Hamdok, Sudanese Prime Minister: "Transitions are messy, they are non-linear, they never travel in the straight line. And in this context, I would like to convey our profound thanks and appreciation to his excellency the UN Secretary-General, the UN Security Council, and all our international and regional partners. For the utmost solidarity for the transitional government in condemning and denouncing the aborted military coup last week, as we reaffirmed our unwavering commitment to overcome all challenges facing our multidimensional, complicated, and difficult transition.”
SOT, Marie Eriksen Soreide, Norwegian Foreign Minister: “We know that we cannot take democracy for granted unless firmly anchored in solid institutions, nor can we take a transition to democracy for granted. We were reminded of this just last week when we saw the news that the Sudanese Armed Forced had quelled an attempt to disrupt the transition. We are relieved that this attempt was stopped before it made lasting damage. To see a new Sudan is our common purpose with you. We are committed to supporting you in achieving this. As we made clear in our recent Troika statement; those who would seek to undermine the civilian-led transition should understand that Sudan’s international partners stand firmly behind the people of Sudan and their transitional government.”
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