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Sudan army ruler calls on protest leaders to hold unconditional talks

A Sudanese protester holds a national flag as he stands on a barricade along a street, demanding that the country's Transitional Military Council hand over power to civilians, in Khartoum, Sudan. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 19, 2019, 09.07 PM (IST)

Amid the escalating tensions between the civilians and military in Sudan, the country's army ruler on Wednesday called on protest leaders to resume talks on the transfer of power without any conditions.

"We are calling on the Alliance for Freedom and Change and all political powers to come and sit without any conditions... we need a solution that satisfies all people," General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan told a gathering of medics in a speech broadcast on state television.

"The country has been without a government for three months... the Sudanese people and foreign policy have been affected by the lack of government," Burhan said.

"We don't want the situation to get out of control. We don't want to see another coup," he said. 

Also read: How Sudan’s economic crisis had a role in protests that toppled al-Bashir

The remark by Sudan's army ruler came two weeks after the military-led deadly dispersal of the civilians' from their sit-in protest.

Crowds of protesters who had camped for weeks outside the capital's army headquarters to demand civilian rule were violently dispersed on June 3 by armed men in military fatigues.

At least 128 people have been killed since the crackdown, the majority on the day the sit-in was cleared, according to the doctors linked to the protest movement.

The health ministry, however, has put the nationwide death toll on June 3 at 61.

The dispersal came after multiple rounds of failed talks between the military council and protest leaders.

The killings sparked a wave of international condemnation, and the ruling military council has distanced itself from the events.

The military council took power after deposing long-time president Omar al-Bashir on April 11, following months of demonstrations against his iron-fisted rule.

(With inputs from AFP)

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'We are calling on the Alliance for Freedom and Change and all political powers to come and sit without any conditions... we need a solution that satisfies all people,' General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan told a gathering of medics in a speech broadcast on state television