A three-month state of emergency was also declared in
the country. "Reports of incidents of violence involving
internally displaced persons, including internally
displaced persons killed in Kalma camp in South Darfur
on April 13, are worrying," said Mueller.
She told the
Security Council that the economic crisis in Sudan "has
had a significant impact" on humanitarian needs and
operations, which includes "rapid currency devaluation,
rampant inflation, increasing prices for food and
medicine, a marked decline in purchasing power and
intermittent shortages of daily bread and fuel
"According to the latest analysis, 5.8 million people
are presently food insecure, up from 3.8 million the
year before ...
"With the start of the lean season in May, the number
will increase," she warned.
"Shortages of imported commodities have also impacted
healthcare and other services," she added.
The UN Central Emergency Response Fund last week
allocated 26.5 million U.S. dollars to assist vulnerable
people in areas which have seen some of the largest
increases in food insecurity linked to the economic
situation, said the assistant secretary-general.
The Sudan Humanitarian Fund is also providing over 20
million dollars in complementary funding, she added.
"More support is needed," said she, adding that
humanitarian partners are appealing for 1.1 billion
dollars this year to assist 4.4 million of the most
vulnerable people, which represents a bit more than half
of the overall needs identified in the country.
"Without expanded social safety nets, the ongoing
economic situation will have serious consequences," she
"At this critical time, it is essential to ensure
that the people of Darfur and the rest of Sudan receive
the assistance and the support they need," she said.
Sudan will need time says United Nations envoy
UNITED NATIONS New York
(Xinhua) -- A Sudanese envoy
said Friday that transition after the ouster of
President Omar al-Bashir requires time and that the
international community should not try to push it.
"Any democratic process requires time and that should
not be threatened.
"We do not wish to see the nascent, gradual,
democratic process unravel in the name of democracy,"
Yasir Abdelsalam, charge d’affaires of the Sudanese
mission to the United Nations, told the Security
"We, therefore, call on our partners in the
international community to support a peaceful transition
in the country in a way that would help build on gains
and open up the path to stability, development, and
prosperity, and allow us to move away from the scourge
of violence," he said after the Security Council voted
to extend the UN peacekeeping mission for Abyei, a
territory contested between Sudan and South Sudan.
"I would like to reaffirm here that what is happening
in Sudan is a domestic matter.
"It is up to the will of the Sudanese people.
"It is a delicate situation that Sudan is currently
facing," said Abdelsalam.
Sudanese Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf
on Thursday announced the ouster of President al-Bashir.
Ibn Auf, who assumed the chairmanship of a
transitional military council and said he would rule the
country during a two-year transitional period, stepped
down Friday and named Lt. Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan as
Abdelsalam said the transitional military council
would be "the guarantor of a civilian government."
No party will be excluded from the political process,
including armed groups, he said.
The suspension of the constitution could be lifted at
any point, and the transitional period could be
shortened depending on developments on the ground and
agreements reached between stakeholders, he said.
Abdelsalam said the military council is responding to
the Sudanese people’s aspirations for change and works
to protect the lives of its citizens, as well as their
Street protesters in Khartoum who had demanded al-Bashir’s
departure have continued their protests against the
urges African solutions to ensure
consensual, inclusive transition in Sudan
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia
(Xinhua) -- Chairperson of the
African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on
Wednesday stressed the AU’s resolve to ensure consensual
and inclusive transition in Sudan through "African
solutions to African problems."
The AU official made the remarks following his
meeting with a Sudanese delegation led by
Lieutenant-General Jalal Alsheikh Altayeb, a member of
Sudan’s Military Transitional Council (MTC) on Tuesday,
spokesperson to the AU Chairperson Ebba Kalondo said on
"The Chairperson reiterated the African Union’s
commitment to work with all the Sudanese stakeholders
towards a consensual and inclusive transition that meets
the aspirations of the people and ensures the stability
of the country," Kalondo stressed.
"As part of the continental solidarity and the search
for African solutions to African problems, the
Commission of the African Union will continue to closely
monitor the situation and interact with all the Sudanese
stakeholders, with the view to helping them overcome the
challenges confronting their country," the spokesperson
The AU Peace and Security Council in its meeting on
Monday had reiterated the 55-member continental union’s
"total rejection of unconstitutional changes of
government" in Africa based on previous declarations of
The council also recognized "the legitimate
aspirations of the Sudanese people to the opening of the
political space in order to be able to democratically
design and choose institutions that are representative
and respectful of freedom and human rights."
ministry urges international support
for Sudan’s democratic transformation
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
Sudan’s Foreign Ministry on
Sunday called on the international community to support
the efforts of the Transitional Military Council to
achieve democratic transformation and balanced
development in the country.
"The measures taken by the Sudanese armed forces came
in favor of the revolution of the Sudanese people for
freedom, justice and peace, after the people’s calls for
the army to intervene to end the political, security and
social crisis in the country," a ministry statement
The statement referred to the earlier confirmations
by the chairman of the transitional military council
that the power will be handed over to a civilian
government that will be formed in two years.
The ministry reiterated Sudan’s commitment to all
local, regional and international treaties, conventions
and agreements as well as its keenness on good
neighborliness and balanced international relations.
It also expressed aspiration for effective economic
cooperation with the international community that would
allow Sudan to exploit its huge natural and economic
The ministry urged exemption of Sudan’s foreign debts
and removal of the barriers which prevent it from
receiving assistance and funds from the international
Sudan’s transitional military council is tasked with
running the country’s affairs following the ouster of
President Omar al-Bashir’s regime.