IGAD expresses concern over foreign interference in Sudan

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-20 22:44:44|Editor: yan
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ADDIS ABABA, June 20 (Xinhua) -- The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an east African bloc, on Thursday expressed concern over interference of external actors in Sudan.

An IGAD statement didn't explicitly mention any countries or entities it accused of being involved in interfereing in Sudan affairs, but said foreign actors need to support IGAD and African Union (AU) mediation efforts.

The statement came after the conclusion of a two-day extraordinary session of the IGAD Council of Ministers in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

"IGAD underscores its concern over the interference of other external actors and proliferation of initiatives and calls for all external actors to rally behind the IGAD and AU mediation process," the statement said.

"IGAD considers the domestic and regional circumstances that have an impact on exacerbating the existing situation in the Sudan and underscores the urgent need to work towards reinstating order and ensuring stability in the Republic of the Sudan," the IGAD statement added.

It also urged all sides in the Sudanese crisis to be pragmatic and conduct themselves in the spirit of compromise.

"IGAD calls on all actors to be voice of reason and conduct themselves in the spirit of compromise and refrain from any act of violence as they work towards timely formation of a mutually acceptable civilian-led transitional government," the statement said.

"IGAD expresses its commitment to urgently bring all actors in the Sudan together for the resolution of their differences and to ensure an all-inclusive, Sudanese-led process and outcome that remedies the situation in the Sudan is found," it said..

On Tuesday, Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) reiterated its readiness to form a government representing all components of the Sudanese people.

The TMC is tasked with running the country's affairs after the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir in April.