SU­DAN OP­PO­SI­TION RE­JECTS MIL­I­TARY CHIEF’S OF­FER OF TALKS

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

Su­dan’s mil­i­tary rulers of­fered an un­con­di­tional re­sump­tion of talks with op­po­si­tion groups on Wed­nes­day, two days af­ter se­cu­rity forces mounted a deadly raid on a protest camp, but the op­po­si­tion re­jected the in­vi­ta­tion.

The mil­i­tary coun­cil can­celled all agree­ments it had reached with the op­po­si­tion im­me­di­ately af­ter the raid but on Wed­nes­day it rowed back amid mount­ing in­ter­na­tional crit­i­cism of the vi­o­lence.

“We in the mil­i­tary coun­cil ex­tend our hand for ne­go­ti­a­tions with­out shack­les ex­cept the in­ter­ests of the home­land,” its head, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Ab­del Fat­tah al-burhan, said on state TV.

But a Su­danese al­liance of pro­test­ers and op­po­si­tion

groups re­jected the of­fer, say­ing the mil­i­tary could not be trusted.

“To­day the coun­cil in­vited us to di­a­logue and at the same time it is im­pos­ing fear on cit­i­zens in the streets,” Madani Ab­bas Madani, a leader of the Dec­la­ra­tion of Free­dom and Change Forces (DFCF), told Reuters.

Madani said Burhan’s in­vi­ta­tion had come be­fore the ar­rest of one of the op­po­si­tion al­liance mem­bers, Yasir Ar­man, deputy head of the Su­dan Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Move­ment-north (SPLM-N) rebel group.

At least 60 peo­ple died in Mon­day’s op­er­a­tion and sub­se­quent un­rest, medics linked to the op­po­si­tion said on Wed­nes­day. KHAR­TOUM REUTERS

JUNE 5

Su­danese pro­test­ers ges­ture and chant slo­gans at a bar­ri­cade along a STREET(REUTERS)

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