Khartoum, September 8 (SUNA) - Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued yesterday a press statement  in which it clarified Sudan’s objection once again to the presidency of the Quartet of IGAD.  Hereunder Sudan News Agency (SUNA) publishes the text of the statement:

Press Statement

In reference to the  Communique of the Second Meeting of the IGAD Quartet on  Sudan, yesterday in Nairobi, on the margins of the Africa Climate Summit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs renews the objection of the Government of Sudan to Keny's chairmanship of the IGAD Quartet, because it is siding with the rebel militia, hosting its leadership, who is pursued by international sanctions. The Government of Sudan does not see any justification for transferring the chairmanship of the Committee from the Republic of South Sudan, as decided by the IGAD Extraordinary Summit on April 16, 2023. Second: It is unfortunate that the Communique  is  devoid of any reference to the Government of Sudan and the need to be consulted and its consent be obtained  regarding steps that IGAD intends to take with relation to the crisis in our country. This is a clear an unacceptable undermining of the sovereignty of Sudan, the second oldest independent member state,  founding member of the organization, and the President of IGAD until June 12, 2023. The Final Communique of the 14th Ordinary IGAD Summit in Djibouti praised the able leadership of General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council of IGAD, for the past four years. This is also  against the nature of IGAD as an intergovernmental organization whose all  decisions and actions must be sanctioned by  the  relevant governments  and its resolutions are  passed by consensus. Third: The statement mandates the African Union and IGAD to map the venue, agenda and identify participants in what it called a political process owned by the Sudanese.  The question is what mandate does the Quartet itself have to mandate others in matters concerning an independent, sovereign country and a full member of the United Nations? How can the alleged political process be owned by the Sudanese, while they do not determine its rules and foundations? Several decades ago, Africa has done away forever with the legacy of trusteeship and mandated.  Fourth: It is regretted and discrediting IGAD that the Communique of the Quartet failed   to mention any of the horrific atrocities committed by the rebel militia. These atrocities have been condemned by the entire world except IGAD and the African Union. It is not possible to hide behind the pretensions of neutrality between what the statement calls “ warring parties”, as there is no neutrality towards genocide, ethnic cleansing, the use of rape and sexual violence as a tool in the conflict and other atrocities. Nor can the national army that defends the country and its people against killing, ethnic cleansing, and rape be considered a mere equal party  to the terrorist militia that perpetrates all these atrocities.This contravenes international law, the principle of state sovereignty and the right of self-defence. In conclusion, the Ministry would like to make it clear  that if  the chairmanship of the Quartet is not changed, the Government of Sudan will reconsider the usefulness  of maintaining its membership in IGAD, an organization that was its brain child.  Khartoum, September 7, 2023

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