Statement on the visit of the Joint Envoy to Sudan – Sudan
Senior officials from France, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the European Union concluded a joint visit to Khartoum to show their support for the Sudanese people and a civil transition to democracy.
They called for immediate progress towards a transitional civilian government, agreed through the Sudan-led political process and facilitated by the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), the Union African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development. (IGAD). In this regard, they welcomed the announcement by the facilitators that they would convene a meeting for this purpose from 10 to 12 May. They called on all Sudanese stakeholders to participate constructively and fully in this process and underlined the dangers of any further delay. The delegation cautioned against any agreement or government resulting from non-inclusive processes that would lack credibility with the Sudanese public and the international community.
The delegation stressed the importance of action to create an enabling environment for the success of the UNITAMS-AU-IGAD facilitated process. They welcomed the recent release of some detained political leaders and urged Sudanese military leaders to release all remaining political detainees and activists; end violence, including sexual and gender-based violence, against protesters; ensure the accountability of those responsible for such acts; and to immediately lift the state of emergency. They emphasized that the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association must be fully respected for the UNITAMS-AU-IGAD facilitated process to succeed. They expressed deep concern over the resettlement of members of the former regime, further heightening tensions within Sudanese society and making it more difficult to implement reforms.
The delegation expressed concern about the rapid deterioration of the Sudanese economy and the immense challenges facing the Sudanese people as a result. They pledged to continue humanitarian aid and other forms of direct assistance to the Sudanese people during this difficult time. They stressed that international financial support to the Sudanese government, including debt relief, could only accompany the establishment of a credible civilian government. They expressed concern that without this, Sudan could lose billions of dollars in development assistance from the World Bank, and that Sudan’s IMF program and associated $19 billion in debt relief would be in jeopardy.
The delegation also noted the fragile state of the peace process in Sudan, tragically illustrated by the recent death of more than 200 people in West Darfur. The delegation strongly condemned this violence. They demanded that those responsible be held accountable. They stressed the urgent need for a rapid establishment of the security structures envisaged under the Juba Peace Agreement. They stressed that lasting peace in Darfur, the two regions and other parts of Sudan was inextricably linked to a civilian transition to democracy.
The delegation reaffirmed the unwavering support of their governments and the EU for the aspirations of the Sudanese people for freedom, peace and justice.