Hundreds of people gathered in front of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission (UNITAMS) headquarters in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, to protest foreign intervention.
Protesters carried banners against foreign intervention reading “People are one, the army is one. No to agents,” while chanting slogans.
While some Sudanese people participated in the demonstration in the capital with their camels, there were also participants from other cities.
In addition, on January 26, anti-interference demonstrations were held in front of the British and Norwegian embassies and UNITAMS headquarters, and activists said, “We do not want you, Volker,” referring to UN Representative Perthes.
Some political parties and non-governmental organizations against foreign intervention in Sudan established an alliance called the “National Movement Forces” on December 27, 2021, and an initiative called “Sudanians for National Sovereignty” was launched last month.
Abdalla Hamdok, who was re-elected as Prime Minister after the October 25 military intervention in Sudan, announced his resignation on January 2.
In this context, UNITAMS announced that it had started negotiations between the parties in Sudan in the past weeks. UNITAMS Special Representative Volker Perthes stated at a press conference in Khartoum that the first talks will include individual consultations between different actors, and the second talks will take place as a direct or indirect negotiation round.
Perthes announced that the initiative would invite key stakeholders such as the military, rebel groups, political parties and protest movements in Sudan, as well as civil society and women’s groups to participate in the process.
Despite the support of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) in Sudan, Sudanese Professionals Associations (SPA) declared that it was distant to this effort.