AU Commission Envoy Calls on TMC and FFC to Resume Negotiations

By: Muawad – Al-Sammani

Khartoum – The Principal Strategic Advisor to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Prof. Mohamed El-Hacen Lebatt, has called on the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) to expedite their moves to resume the talks on the transformation of power to civilian authority.
The AU envoy warned against the failure of the negotiations, adding that there are only two options either heading to chaos or to the peace and negotiations path.
Lebatt called on the TMC and the FFC to avoid tense atmosphere urging for availing conducive environment between the two rivals for partnership based on exchanged respect and reducing the escalation.
He added in a press conference held yesterday at the premises of the African Union Liaison Office in Khartoum that the TMC and the FFC should urgently reach an agreement to avoid the consequences of some other countries.
Lebatt announced the satisfaction of the AU towards the agreement reached on the legislature and the transitional period, affirming that the negotiations between the two parties were affected by lobbying a matter that resulted to its stalemate.
He affirmed that he met with some national mediators to bridge the gap between the two rivals adding that the mediators said that the dispute is over the formation of the sovereign council, disclosing that the AU supports the efforts of the national mediation which copes with the AU principles that the African should resolve their issues by themselves.

Lebatt said that they are endeavoring to create conducive environment for the negotiations based on the spirits of partnership,
He concluded the press conference by calling on the TMC and the FFC to avoid tensions, affirming that there are continuous contacts between the two parties through different channels, expressing hope that the two parties would strike a deal to run the transitional period and pave the way for free and fair elections.

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