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Sudan talks will aim to salvage political transition: UN

AP – The United Nations (UN) said on Saturday it would hold talks in Sudan to try to get the country’s democratic transition back on track after it was derailed by an October military coup.

The UN offer came a week after embattled Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok resigned, citing the failure to reach a compromise between the military and the pro-democracy movement.

The resignation plunged the country further into turmoil amid political deadlock and relentless street protests that have claimed the lives of at least 60 people since the coup.

UN envoy for Sudan Volker Perthes said in a statement that the talks would seek a “sustainable path forward towards democracy and peace” in the country.

It wasn’t clear when discussions might begin.

“It is time to end the violence and enter into a constructive process. This process will be inclusive,” he said.

Perthes said key players in Sudan, including the military, rebel groups, political parties and protest movements will be invited to take part in the process, as well as civil society and women’s groups.

There was no immediate comment from the military on the UN effort.

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