Envoy: Sudan transition talks to resume

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Sudanese protesters set up a barricade on a street, demanding that the country's Transitional Military Council hand over power to civilians, in Khartoum, Sudan June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

Special envoy Mahmoud Dirir says Sudan’s military and opposition groups have agreed to resume talks on the formation of a transitional council. The announcement comes as opposition members made the decision to suspend the campaign of civil disobedience and strikes.

Sudanese protesters gesture and chant slogans at a barricade along a street, demanding that the country’s Transitional Military Council hand over power to civilians, in Khartoum, Sudan June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

The latest developments are the first positive steps since talks between the two sides collapsed following the violent breakup of a protest sit-in on June 3.

Dozens of people were killed in the incident.

The Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF) alliance on Sunday began an open-ended strike that brought much activity in Khartoum to a standstill.

The alliance said in a statement it would suspend the strike from Wednesday until further notice, though it encouraged people to remain mobilised for possible further action.

Opposition leader Khaled Omar struck a cautious note, saying in comments to Al Hadath TV that the suspension of the campaign was “not tied to any specific political developments”.

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