Transition Process in Sudan Experiences Progress and Setbacks

Volker Perthes, Head of Mission of the United Nations Integrated Transitional Assistance Unit in Sudan (UNITAMS), said that the transition process taking place in the conflict country had both progress and setbacks. This was conveyed when he gave an explanation to the UN Security Council on Tuesday (14/9).

Perthes said there are several things that are still a challenge for the Sudanese people. The violence that occurred in the Darfur region, the absence of a fair and accountable legal process, and the complicated economic situation have made it difficult for the Sudanese people.

“Humanitarian organizations in Already have been advocating for timely and flexible funding as the need for it continues to grow. The need for humanitarian assistance has been driven in large part by the economic crisis and escalating inter-community conflicts,” Perthes said.

He continued that conflicts and armed attacks in various parts of Sudan, including in the Darfur, Kordofan and Blue Nile regions, have caused as many as 418,000 Sudanese to be exiled in the period from January to August this year.

“This number shows an increase of six times compared to the same period last year,” he said.

He added that the transitional government has taken steps to address the challenges faced by Sudan and at the same time is trying to regain public confidence in the political transition that is taking place.

Perthes emphasized that the “Forces for Freedom and Change”, which is the ruling coalition in this transitional government, has agreed on a reformed and more inclusive transitional government structure.

The senior UN official also welcomed this development and hoped it would lead to the faster formation of a transitional legislative council, in which at least 40 percent of the members are women. (em/mg)

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