Sudan .. “IGAD” warns against obstructing civilian rule, and Washington threatens to punish the army

The East African Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has expressed concern over obstructing the transition to civilian rule in Sudan, while Washington has threatened to take action against the army in that country if violence continues.

In his annual speech, which deals with the most prominent current issues in the eastern region of the continent, the Executive Secretary of the organization, Warqina Ji Bayo, warned that developments in Sudan might jeopardize IGAD’s efforts to end the war in Darfur.

The African official explained, in a press conference held in Khartoum, that IGAD did not freeze Sudan’s membership following the actions of the President of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, because its regulations do not provide for freezing members.

He said that the organization does not want to present a new initiative to settle the Sudanese crisis, pointing out that IGAD, as a regional organization, is ready to play a role within the African Union or any other international initiative that brings Sudan out of the crisis.

Ji Baio stressed that the Sudanese need a solution to this crisis, and they are confident in the wisdom of the Sudanese people and their ability to overcome it.

He also said that his organization will send a report on the situation of Sudan to this week’s African Union summit in Addis Ababa.

Washington’s position

In the same context, US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Moela Feyi said today, Tuesday, that her country has made it clear to Sudanese military leaders that Washington is ready to take additional measures against the army if violence continues.

“We are now reviewing the full range of conventional and non-traditional tools available to us to further reduce the funds available to the Sudanese military regime,” she added.

“We are working to isolate military-controlled companies and increase reputational risks for anyone who chooses to continue to engage in business as usual with Sudan’s security services and economic companies,” she said.

Fei’s comments came on the sidelines of a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the situation in Sudan.

“United Millions”

Earlier, the resistance committees in Khartoum announced that they intend to organize 4 “unified million” this month in the context of protests that have been going on for months to demand civilian rule.

And thousands of Sudanese demonstrated again yesterday, and the Sudanese Doctors Committee confirmed the killing of a demonstrator by security forces’ bullets.

Since the overthrow of the government of Abdullah Hamdok on October 25, Sudan has witnessed continuous protests in which more than 70 demonstrators have been killed, according to the Doctors Committee.

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