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US joins diplomatic push to save Sudan talks

A top US diplomat for Africa, Tibor Nagy, was due to arrive in Khartoum, Sudan, to join an international push to salvage a deal between Sudan’s opposition groups and the military council.

Talks between the transitional military council and the civilian opposition broke down when Sudan’s security forces attacked a sit-in protest.

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has also tried to mediate talks to break the deadlock between the military council and the opposition. He proposed a 15-member transitional council, consisting of eight civilians and seven army officers, to lead the country to democracy.

On June 3, Sudanese security forces attacked a protest camp, marking the worst violence since the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir in April.

Security forces and paramilitaries fired on protesters who were holding a sit in outside the army headquarters in Khartoum, killing and injuring hundreds. Hospitals in Khartoum have recorded more than 70 rapes, many involving the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). Schools, hospitals and health centres were also looted and destroyed.

Sudan’s military leaders have blamed the country’s protest movement for what had happened in the last few days. Lt Gen Jamaleddine Omar, from the ruling transitional military council, said that protesters had committed a crime by closing roads and setting up barricades. He added that the military and the RSF had reinforced their presence “to restore life back to normal.”

The United Nations Security Council condemned the violence in Sudan and called for an immediate halt to the violence against civilians.

The military took over power in April after Bashir was ousted following months of mass rallies against his rule.

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