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In spite of months of peaceful protest, the aspiration of the Sudanese people for a civilian-led transition remains unfulfilled. Their right to peacefully protest and express their views on 30 June, or on any other date, remains key. It is the duty of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) to ensure the safety of all in Sudan and to refrain from any use of violence against protesters.
The ongoing African Union-Ethiopian mediation has the full support of the EU. The TMC should continue negotiations in good faith and agree with the Forces for Freedom and Change on the formation of a civilian-led transitional government. Any unilateral action that could further destabilise the situation goes against the legitimate aspirations of the Sudanese people to peace and reconciliation.
As we have repeatedly stated, a civilian-led transitional authority is the only partner with which EU-Sudan relations can be normalised.