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The European Union is closely monitoring the situation in Sudan. The recent progress achieved in the negotiations between the Forces for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council are a positive step.
Negotiations on outstanding issues need to continue in good faith and with the objective of addressing the legitimate demands of the Sudanese people. Reaching an inclusive deal which allows for a swift and orderly transfer to civilian rule requires a sense of responsibility and compromise from both sides.
We expect all parties in Sudan to exercise the utmost restraint, prevent further violence and ensure the respect of fundamental freedoms. The attack on protestors on 13 May in Khartoum which led to casualties is unacceptable and needs to be thoroughly investigated with those responsible held to account.
The EU supports today's statement of the African Union Commission Chairperson and the role of the African Union in helping to move the political transition process forward.
As soon as a civilian transition takes place, the European Union will be ready to assist, both politically and economically.