Communiqué - Follow Up Ministerial Meeting On the Situation in the Sudan Addis Ababa, 20th of June 2019
Upon the instructions of Regional Partners’ Consultative Summit held in Cairo on 23rd of April 2019, the Foreign Ministers and Senior Officials of the Regional Partners of the Sudan, namely: Chad, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan and Uganda, as well as the Chairperson of the AU Commission, participated in a Follow Up Ministerial Consultative Meeting of the Regional Partners of the Sudan in Addis Ababa on 20th of June 2019 concerning the situation in the Sudan.
The Foreign Ministers and Senior Officials of the participating States received an update by H.E. Moussa Faki Mohamed Chairperson of the African Union Commission on the situation in the Sudan, they were also briefed by the authorities of the Sudan on the current situation in the Sudan.
The Foreign Ministers and Senior Officials of the participating States deliberated on the recent developments in the Sudan since the Regional Partners’ Consultative Summit held on 23rd of April 2019 in Cairo.
Guided by the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter as well as the African Union Constitutive Act and the other relevant African Union Instruments, they reaffirmed the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of the Sudan.
The participating States recalled the Peace and Security Council Communique at its 854th meeting on the situation in the Sudan held on 6 June 2019; and the African Consultative Summit of Regional partners on the situation in the Sudan that was convened upon the invitation of H.E. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Chairperson of the African Union, on 23 April 2019 in Cairo and its communique that included agreeing on holding this Follow Up Ministerial Meeting.
The Foreign Ministers and Senior Officials expressed their concern that deliberations between the Sudanese parties have not achieved progress since the African Consultative Summit of Regional partners on April 23rd, 2019. They expressed their regret for the incidents that led to the loss of innocent lives and their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, and further wished a speedy recovery to the injured persons.
They also recognized the announcement of the Transitional Military Council to investigate these incidents.
The Foreign Ministers and Senior Officials called upon all Sudanese parties to refrain from resorting to violence, exercise full restraint and to resume immediately their negotiations aiming towards reaching a Sudanese-led and Sudanese-owned inclusive agreement effectively addressing the current situation in the Sudan that realizes the aspirations of the Sudanese People.
The Foreign Ministers and Senior Officials expressed their support to regional initiatives aiming towards assisting the Sudanese parties to resume their negotiations and reach an agreement on national transitional process, in particular those led by the African Union Commission and IGAD. They stressed the centrality of formulating African solutions to African problems and highlighted the leadership of the African Union and the African-led endeavors in supporting the political transition in the Sudan;
The Foreign Ministers and Senior Officials reiterated their firm solidarity with the Sudan and the Sudanese people at this landmark juncture of their history, as well as their strong commitment to support the legitimate aspirations of the Sudanese People to peace, stability, democracy, rule of law, protection and promotion of human rights and development;
The Foreign Ministers and Senior Officials of the participating States have further agreed to:
1- Urge the Transitional Military Council and the Forces of Freedom and Change and all other relevant Sudanese political stakeholders to resume their direct dialogue with a view to promptly agreeing on the remaining pending aspects of the arrangements required to launch the transitional phase.
2- Emphasize the necessity for outmost respect for and protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the Sudan including the rights of women and children while underlining the primary responsibility of the Sudanese authorities in this regard;
3- Renew the appeal to the international community and regional and international financial institutions to provide urgent economic support to the Sudan, while bearing in mind that addressing the dire economic challenges facing the country is instrumental to the efforts of ensuring peace, security and sustainable stability as well as an effective democratic transition in the Sudan.
4- Commend the constructive efforts exerted by the African Union Commission, IGAD and the neighboring States of the Sudan, and invite them to continue to cooperate and synchronize with the African Union-led endeavors.
5. Hold a pursuant follow up meeting, at the appropriate level, on the developments in the Sudan.
In conclusion of the meeting, the Chairmanship of the Union reiterated the commitment to remain, in coordination with all Members of the Troika of the AU, the AU Commission, the IGAD and Regional Partners of the Sudan, seized of the developments in the Sudan and to undertake the necessary contacts, consultations and deliberations with all Sudanese Stakeholders.