East African bloc IGAD expresses concern over foreign interference in Sudan

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-20 22:49:52|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.

The statement didn't explicitly mention any countries or entities it accused of being involved in Sudan, but said foreign actors need to support IGAD and AU mediation activities.

The IGAD statement came after the conclusion of the two days 68th Extra-Ordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers held 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."

"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," said the IGAD statement.

The IGAD statement also called on 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," said the IGAD statement.

IGAD also affirmed its commitment to work together to bring all actors in the Sudan in one table to resolve any differences and ensure an all Sudanese led process is realized.

On Tuesday, the Sudanese ruling council the Transitional Military Council (TMC) reiterated its readiness to form a government of competencies 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.