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US Africa envoy heads to Sudan to mediate talks




(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) A United States Africa envoy will arrive in Sudan this week to mediate talks between the protest groups and the ruling military council amid an ongoing political crisis and civil disobedience that went into its third day on Tuesday.

Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, will travel to Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and South Africa from June 12 to 23, according to a statement made by the US Department of State on Monday.

"In Sudan, he will meet with members of the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF) and the Transitional Military Council (TMC)," the statement read.

It added that Nagy 'will call for a cessation of attacks against civilians and urge parties to work toward creating an enabling environment between the DFCF and TMC for talks to resume."

Earlier on Monday, the ruling military council announced the formation of a joint committee to investigate the dispersal of the sit-ins that were held outside the military headquarters in Khartoum.

The military council claimed that initial findings suggest there were a number of regime forces which are now held under the military's custody.

Sudan turned on Tuesday its third day of a massive civil and political disobedience called by the DFCF to end the military council rule.

The alliance called on people to stay home and abstain from work as a part of the civil and political disobedience to protect their colleagues and fulfil their aspirations until the MTC is dissolved and becomes a civilian-led government.

The calls followed the military council crackdown against the Khartoum sit-in which resulted in the killing of dozens of protesters and injured hundreds. Protest leaders accused a militia belonging to the military council of killing protesters in a bloody dispersal of their sit-in.

According to the Central committee of Sudan doctors (CCSD), 118 people were killed since last Monday and four of them were killed on the first day of civil disobedience. The CCSD added that 40 of the casualties were allegedly retrieved from the Nile river.

However, the Sudanese Ministry of Health stated that only 46 people were killed that Monday.


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US Africa envoy heads to Sudan to mediate talks

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