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Secretary-General António Guterres said “Sudan has reached important milestones,” and the international community “must do everything possible” to help advance these efforts. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 30 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, flags outside UN Headquarters

30 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Sudan has reached important milestones. Despite the challenges, democratic governance and peace-making efforts have advanced. The Juba Peace Agreement, signed almost a year ago, paves the way for ending Sudan’s long-standing and devastating conflicts. As part of the nationally owned peace process, important work is underway to implement the Agreement and to reach a deal with non-signatory armed movements. Sudan has also undertaken ambitious economic reforms, culminating in the Decision Point of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative. This will allow a measure of relief from Sudan’s unsustainable debt burden and free up much-needed resources from the International Financial Institutions. The international community must do everything possible to help advance these and other efforts.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

3. Close up, UN flag

30 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The attempted coup d’état – which I condemn once again – is a reminder of persistent threats. It underscores the importance of undertaking all efforts to protect civilians, strengthen human rights, and provide safety and security for all.”
5. Multiple screens
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway:
“We know that we cannot take democracy for granted unless firmly anchored in solid institutions, nor can we take a transition to democracy for granted. We were reminded of this just last week when we saw the news that the Sudanese Armed Forced had quelled an attempt to disrupt the transition. We are relieved that this attempt was stopped before it made lasting damage. To see a new Sudan is our common purpose with you. We are committed to supporting you in achieving this. As we made clear in our recent Troika statement; those who would seek to undermine the civilian-led transition should understand that Sudan’s international partners stand firmly behind the people of Sudan and their transitional government.”
7. Wide shot, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok at conference table
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdalla Hamdok, Prime Minister, Sudan:
“Transitions are messy, they are non-linear, they never travel in the straight line. And in this context, I would like to convey our profound thanks and appreciation to his excellency the UN Secretary-General, the UN Security Council, and all our international and regional partners. For the utmost solidarity for the transitional government in condemning and denouncing the aborted military coup last week, as we reaffirmed our unwavering commitment to overcome all challenges facing our multidimensional, complicated, and difficult transition.”
9. Wide shot, Hamdok at conference table

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (30 Sep) said “Sudan has reached important milestones,” and the international community “must do everything possible” to help advance these efforts.

Addressing a High-Level event on Sudan, the Secretary-General said that despite the challenges, “the democratic governance and peace-making efforts have advanced,” and added that the Juba Peace Agreement “paves the way for ending Sudan’s long-standing and devastating conflicts.”

Guterres noted that Sudan “has also undertaken ambitious economic reforms, culminating in the Decision Point of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative” which “will allow a measure of relief from Sudan’s unsustainable debt burden and free up much-needed resources from the International Financial Institutions.”

He again condemned last week’s attempted coup d’état and said, “it underscores the importance of undertaking all efforts to protect civilians, strengthen human rights, and provide safety and security for all.”

Norway’s Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide said, “we know that we cannot take democracy for granted unless firmly anchored in solid institutions, nor can we take a transition to democracy for granted. We were reminded of this just last week when we saw the news that the Sudanese Armed Forced had quelled an attempt to disrupt the transition. We are relieved that this attempt was stopped before it made lasting damage.”

Eriksen Søreide said, “those who would seek to undermine the civilian-led transition should understand that Sudan’s international partners stand firmly behind the people of Sudan and their transitional government.”

For his part, Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said, “transitions are messy, they are non-linear, they never travel in the straight line.”

Hamdok thanked international and regional partners for “the utmost solidarity for the transitional government in condemning and denouncing the aborted military coup last week, as we reaffirmed our unwavering commitment to overcome all challenges facing our multidimensional, complicated, and difficult transition.”

According to news reports, Sudanese authorities foiled an attempted coup 21 September. 21 members of the Sudanese Armed Forces were detained in connection to the coup attempt.

Today’s event, co-hosted by Norway, the United Nations, and the transitional Government of Sudan, provides an opportunity to take stock of the overall progress achieved thus far in the country, as well as reconfirm international support for the transition at a critical time.
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