“The Troika (UK, US, Norway) have been following developments in the talks between the Transitional Military Council and the Forces for Freedom and Change on transfer of power to civilian-led institutions very closely. Despite last week’s tragic violence, we were encouraged by the reported progress made in the talks. Sudan urgently needs an agreement between the parties that can end this period of uncertainty and instability and build a national consensus on the way forward.
Any outcome that does not result in the formation of a government that is civilian-led, placing primary authority for governing with civilians, will not respond to the clearly expressed will of the Sudanese people for a transition to civilian rule. This will complicate international engagement, and make it harder for our countries to work with the new authorities and support Sudan’s economic development. The Troika recognizes that the military has a role to play in guarding the safety of Sudan. We continue to support the efforts of the AU and UN and urge the parties to swiftly conclude the talks and reach an agreement.”