Sudan's military council head says council is open to negotiations without conditions

Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council also said on Wednesday it had launched an investigation into recent violence in the country.
Tuesday 04/06/2019
A Sudanese protester gestures near burning tyres used to erect a barricade on a street, demanding that the country's Transitional Military Council handover power to civilians, in Khartoum, Sudan June 4, 2019. (Reuters)
A Sudanese protester gestures near burning tyres used to erect a barricade on a street, demanding that the country's Transitional Military Council handover power to civilians, in Khartoum, Sudan June 4, 2019. (Reuters)

The head of Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) said on Wednesday the council was open to talks with opposition groups without any conditions.

Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan made the comment in a message to mark the Muslim Eid al-Fitr, one day after he announced that the TMC was cancelling all agreements with a coalition of protesters and opposition groups and instead was going to national elections within nine months.

Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council also said on Wednesday it had launched an investigation into recent violence in the country.

"The council has initiated an independent investigation ... an urgent and transparent investigation with fast results," said the council's deputy chairman, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, commonly known as Hemedti. "Any person who crossed boundaries has to be punished."

But Sudanese protest leaders dismissed the call for talks with the ruling generals, saying the military cannot be serious about negotiations after a violent crackdown by the military claimed 60 lives this week.

A spokesman for the protesters said they would instead continue their pro-democracy campaign to pressure the military to hand over power to a civilian authority.

(AP, Reuters)