The head of the Sudanese Sovereign Council, Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, stressed the importance of investigating the violence witnessed by the recent demonstrations, during his meeting with the Norwegian Ambassador in Khartoum, Teresa Logen.
After her meeting with Al-Burhan, the Norwegian ambassador to Khartoum said that she had been informed that there were ongoing investigations into the violent incidents that witnessed the killing of a number of demonstrators in the January 17 demonstrations, describing the investigations as an important and positive step.
The investigations were also considered an indication of the commitment to justice, and the seriousness of the military authorities in the issue of ending violence towards peaceful demonstrations.
In a statement, Ambassador Logan stressed the “necessity of creating a comprehensive dialogue environment that leads to a national consensus that guarantees a safe exit from the political crisis in Sudan,” stressing her country’s support for the UN initiative.
As for Al-Burhan, in a statement, he stressed the importance of investigating the events that took place in the demonstrations, and the “freedom of peaceful expression of citizens.”
The President of the Sovereignty Council also stressed the need for continued cooperation with Norway as a “strategic partner that contributes to supporting the democratic transition.”
On Sunday, the Sudanese police announced the killing of a demonstrator and the wounding of 7 others, as well as the injury of 63 of its members, during demonstrations in Khartoum, while the Sudan Doctors Committee says that 79 demonstrators have died since the protests began in October.
On Monday evening, night demonstrations were renewed in Khartoum; In protest against the killing of a demonstrator on Sunday, protesters also closed a number of streets in the center of Omdurman.
The protesters raised the flags of Sudan, and pictures of the victims of the protests in the country, and chanted slogans calling for “retribution for the martyrs.”
On the other hand, the United Nations Mission to Support the Transition in Sudan (UNTAMIS) held political talks on Monday, as part of its efforts to resolve the crisis in the country.
According to what was announced by the Sudanese News Agency, the head of the UN mission, Volker Peretz, met an official of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in East Africa (IGAD) and representatives of the European Union and the Troika countries (Norway, Britain and the United States) in Sudan, without mentioning their names.
Upon his arrival in Khartoum on Sunday, the Executive Secretary of IGAD, Warqna Gebeho, announced the development of additional (unspecified) steps to support efforts to resolve the political crisis in Sudan.
On day 2 of his mission to #Sudan, #IGAD Executive Secretary @DrWorkneh this morning met with Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Sudan & Head of @UNITAMS Volker Perthes @volkerperthes in #Khartoum. pic.twitter.com/ZxHDJuja6a
– IGAD Secretariat (@igadsecretariat) January 31, 2022
trucks piled up
In another context, more than 400 trucks transporting goods between Sudan and Egypt have jammed due to the continued closure of the international road linking Khartoum and the northern state that leads to Egypt, for the seventh day in a row.
Eyewitnesses told Al Jazeera that the resistance committees in Port Sudan, where the main port in eastern Sudan is, have been holding Egyptian trucks and refrigerators since Sunday night, in solidarity with protesters in northern Sudan closing the international road with Egypt at 3 points.
According to a statement by the resistance committees, the members of the committees noticed the passage of Egyptian trucks through Port Sudan after the closure of the Shamal artery road between Khartoum and the northern state.
Since last Wednesday, protesters in northern Sudan have closed the continental road with Egypt in protest against the increase in electricity tariffs for the second time in a month. The protesters expanded their demands to include granting the northern state a percentage of mining revenues, a Meroe dam to generate electricity, and rationing the entry and transit of Egyptian trucks.