JUBA – The government of South Sudan has strongly condemned the failed coup attempt in Khartoum and urged the Sudanese government to hold those involved accountable.
“We consider this as a blatant attack on the process of consolidating peace in our sisterly country, the Republic of Sudan. The Government of South Sudan also condemns any external interference intended to derail the peaceful transition that is currently underway in Sudan,” said a press statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of South Sudan on Wednesday.
The statement rejected the use of military means to undermine the power of the people and the leadership of the Transitional Government of Sudan.
“We emphasize our firm position in rejecting the use of military means to undermine the power of the people and the leadership of Transitional Government. Such unconstitutional shortcuts aimed at blocking the democratic political transition in Sudan should not be allowed to derail the efforts of the Sudanese people,” it said.
It called on all parties and stakeholders in Sudan to embrace peaceful dialogue and protect the Transitional Government to avoid a return to war.
“The President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, had telephone conversations with the Chairman of the Sudan Transitional Sovereign Council, General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, yesterday after the Sudanese Army successfully thwarted the coup attempt,” it said.
“This morning, His Excellency the President, Salva Kiir Mayardit held another phone conversation with Prime Minister Hamdok. On behalf of the Republic of South Sudan, President Kiir communicated his condemnation of the coup attempt,” it added.
The statement said that President Kiir pledged full support and solidarity with the Transitional Government and the People of Sudan in their efforts to achieve the legitimate aspirations and hopes of the December Revolution.
It said that President Kiir also urged the IGAD leaders to condemn this attack on the democratic transition in Sudan.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of South Sudan urges all the parties to the Transitional Government in Sudan, both military and civilian, to cooperate in order to achieve the dreams of the Sudanese people,” it stated.
It reaffirmed the government of South Sudan’s support for full implementation of the Peace Agreement in Sudan and urge the parties to recommit to it as the best path forward to achieve the legitimate goals of the Sudanese Revolution.