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25-Oct-2021 00:01:49
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan, Volker Perthes, demanded that parties in Sudan “exercise utmost restraint” and called on the military “to release all those that were unlawfully detained today.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 25 OCTOBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations flag outside UN Headquarters

25 OCTOBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, dais, Volker Perthes on screen
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan United Nations:
“I am demand from everybody to exercise utmost restraint. I am calling on the military to release all those that were unlawfully detained today, and I am asking all stakeholders to return to dialogue and restore the constitutional order, as well as not to put domestic peace and political transition at risk.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan United Nations:
“The situation is still fluid, and we are not able to ascertain all the reports which we are getting. But what we know is that the army this morning has detained or has put under house arrest Prime Minister Hamdok, and then reportedly brough him and his wife to an unknown destination, or unknown location after he reportedly refused to dissolve the government. That had been a demand from the military for a couple of days.”
6. Med shot, journalists
7 SOUNDBITE (English) Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan United Nations:
“Some demonstrators earlier this day tried to enter army headquarters here in Khartoum, and we have then seen shooting and injuries, but can’t confirm any details.”
8. Med shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan United Nations:
“The Permanent Ceasefire Committee for Darfur, which is chaired by UNITAMS, by my Mission, did meet today with a representative of the armed forces, the regular armed forces, and a representative of the so-called peace-partners or signatories of the Juba Peace Agreement. And of course, it is our interest to maintain business as usual in that Ceasefire Committee in order to stabilize or continue to stabilize the situation in Darfur to the extent that it is possible.”
10. Wide shot, dais, Perthes on screen
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan United Nations:
“If I look out of the window, and indeed it is getting dark, we still have barricades burning and we can hear occasional gun shots. So, of course there is a risk that there would be more violence or more clashes when night falls. And there would be very, very little means for us to have any influence on that.”
12. Wide shot, dais, Perthes on screen
STORYLINE
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan, Volker Perthes, today (25 Oct) demanded that parties in Sudan “exercise utmost restraint” and called on the military “to release all those that were unlawfully detained today.”

Perthes asked all stakeholders “to return to dialogue and restore the constitutional order, as well as not to put domestic peace and political transition at risk.”

The Special Representative said, “the situation is still fluid, and we are not able to ascertain all the reports which we are getting. But what we know is that the army this morning has detained or has put under house arrest Prime Minister Hamdok, and then reportedly brough him and his wife to an unknown destination, or unknown location after he reportedly refused to dissolve the government. That had been a demand from the military for a couple of days.”

He reported that “some demonstrators earlier this day tried to enter army headquarters here in Khartoum, and we have then seen shooting and injuries.”

Perthes, who is also the Head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), said the Permanent Ceasefire Committee for Darfur, chaired by UNITAMS, “did meet today with a representative of the armed forces, the regular armed forces, and a representative of the so-called peace-partners or signatories of the Juba Peace Agreement.”

He said, “our interest to maintain business as usual in that Ceasefire Committee in order to stabilize or continue to stabilize the situation in Darfur to the extent that it is possible.”

Perthes said, “if I look out of the window, and indeed it is getting dark, we still have barricades burning and we can hear occasional gun shots. So, of course there is a risk that there would be more violence or more clashes when night falls. And there would be very, very little means for us to have any influence on that.”

Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement strongly condemned the ongoing military coup d’état in Khartoum and all actions that could jeopardize Sudan’s political transition and stability. He called for the immediate reconstitution of the governing arrangements provided for under the Constitutional Document.

“The unlawful detention of the Prime Minister, government officials and politicians is unacceptable and contravenes the Constitutional Document and the partnership critical for the success of Sudan’s transition. The Secretary-General calls for the immediate release of the Prime Minister and all others who have been detained arbitrarily,” the Secretary-General’s statement continued.

Sudanese stakeholders must immediately return to dialogue and engage in good faith to restore the constitutional order and Sudan’s transitional process.
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