Sudan’s army says AU-Ethiopia deal paves way for talks

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan’s ruling generals said they have accepted a joint proposal from the African Union (AU) and Ethiopia to work toward a transitional government.

Spokesman for the military council Lieutenant General Shams Eddin Kabashi said on Friday the generals are ready to resume “immediate, serious and honest” negotiations to end the political stalemate with the protesters based on the joint proposal.

Protest leaders, represented by the coalition Forces for Declaration of Freedom and Change, said on Thursday the proposal was based on a previous initiative from Ethiopia for a power-sharing agreement.

In recent weeks, Ethiopia and the AU have been mediating between the military council and the pro-democracy movement demanding civilian rule.

Talks collapsed when Sudanese security forces cleared a protest camp in the capital, Khartoum, earlier this month.

Sudanese protesters march during a protest against the military council, in Khartoum, Sudan. – AP