Security Council Voices Urgent Resolution To Coup Like Conditions In Sudan


Sudan SudanA military takeover in Sudan on October 25, has been severely condemned by the UN Security Council. This has come also with the suspension of some transnational institutions and government along with detention of the Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok leading to a state of emergency.

While militaries authorities have let off the PM and have kept him in house arrest, the rest continue to be held captive. The Security council is now pushing for their release and are calling for ‘all parties to exercise the utmost restrain and refrain from use of violence of any kind.’

Hamdok was initially detained at the home of General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan. The strongly but subtly worded message by the UN Security Council is now the fourth in row of messages. It is again an attempt to create a unified position on the situation in Sudan, after the Russian representative objected to calling the takeover a coup and insisted that protesters as well as the military are guilty of violence.

Dmitry Polyanskiy is the first Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN since February 2018 with his focus on Sudan and Syria. In a statement over the military takeover in Sudan, he has said, “It’s difficult to say (whether or not) it is a coup because a coup has a specific definition. There are many (similar) situations around the world but they are not being called a coup. It’s not our task to label such a situation as a coup. It is up to the Sudanese to decide whether or not it is a coup.”

He has also criticized US decision to withdraw financial aid to Sudan. This would have in fact helped the country’s political transition to civilian rule, and said that the violence in the country is not restricted to the military.

Sudan, somewhat like Myanmar, has had an unstable political situation for decades together. A fossil fuel rich country has been caught in internal strife and is a carrot for many powerful nations across the world. The Security Council urged Sudan’s military authorities to restore the civilian-led transitional government, and all stakeholders to return to negotiations “without preconditions, in order to enable the full implementation of the Constitutional Document and the Juba Peace Agreement, which underpin Sudan’s democratic transition.”



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