Guterres condemns Sudan violence

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned violence and excessive use of force by Sudanese security personnel on civilians, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

Sudanese Security forces stormed a protest camp in Khartoum on Monday morning with at least 13 people reported killed in the worst violence since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April.

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns the violence and reports of excessive use of force by security personnel on civilians resulting in the deaths and injury of many,” Dujarric said. “He condemns the use of force to disperse protesters at the sit-in site and is alarmed by reports that security forces opened fire inside medical facilities.”

Guterres urged all parties “to act with utmost restraint,” called for unimpeded access to deliver care at the sit-in site and hospitals where the wounded are treated and for Sudanese authorities to facilitate “an independent investigation into the deaths and hold those responsible accountable,” Dujarric said.

“The Secretary-General urges the parties to pursue peaceful dialogue and stay the course in negotiations over the transfer of power to a civilian-led transitional authority, as required by the African Union,” the UN spokesman added.