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Norway, Britain, U.S. urge Sudanese army not to take unilateral action

Sudan’s top army general, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

Khartoum, Sudan | Xinhua | The Troika (Norway, Britain, and the United States) on Tuesday urged the General Commander of the Sudanese Armed Forces Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan not to take “unilateral action,” the three countries said in a statement.

The three countries made the remarks during a meeting with Al-Burhan on Tuesday, according to the statement.

“We discussed our strong desire to see Sudan’s democratic transition back on track,” it said.

“We underscored the need for restoration of the Constitutional Document and of the Prime Minister Hamdok back to office, as the basis of discussion on how to achieve a civilian-military partnership and civilian-led transitional government, which genuinely reflect the aspirations of the Sudanese people,” noted the statement.

“This would demonstrate a commitment to stay on course toward free and fair elections at the end of the transition period,” it added.

The three countries further urged the immediate release of all detained since Oct. 25, lifting the state of emergency, and “ending violence against peaceful protesters” as critical steps toward resuming Sudan’s democratic transition.

Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency on Oct. 25, and dissolved the Sovereign Council and the government.



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