Resistance Committees Reject Call from FFC to Discuss Agreement with Military

Al-Yurae-Khartoum: The coordination of the resistance committees in the capital, Khartoum, announced its rejection of an invitation to meet with the Central Council of Freedom and Change, to consult on the framework agreement to be signed between the latter and the military, describing the agreement as a “flawed settlement”, in conjunction with protests in the city of Omdurman, west of Khartoum, condemning the death of a person in demonstrations rejecting the coup inside the city’s neighborhoods, on Thursday.
The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors confirmed yesterday the death of demonstrator Mohamed Omar (20 years old), due to the penetration of a stone projectile from the weapon (Obln), which is used by the police as a thrower of stones and glass fragments on protesters, bringing the number of victims of the military coup to 120 dead, as well as more than 6,000 wounded.

As the popular movement rejecting the October 25, 2021 coup escalates, the tripartite mechanism consisting of the United Nations, the African Union and IGAD, in addition to the quadripartite mediation led by Washington and Riyadh, seeks to push the Sudanese parties to sign an agreement to end the current crisis in the country.

The Central Council of Freedom and Change reached understandings with the military council to sign a framework agreement, noting that it is based on the draft transitional constitution submitted by the Steering Committee of the Bar Association, since September last year, which aims to end the coup and civil authority in the country.

At a time when FFC believes that the political process can get the country out of what it describes as a “crisis”, the “resistance committees” adhere to the slogan of the three no’s: “No negotiation, no partnership, no legitimacy” for the coup leaders.
The Khartoum Resistance Committees confirmed in a joint statement on Friday that «some of their coordination received an invitation from the forces of freedom and change regarding the discussion on the framework agreement to be signed between the forces of freedom and change and the military council, in addition to the Democratic Transition bloc consisting of the parties of the Unionist origin, the Hassan Al-Mirghani group, the People’s Congress and the Ansar al-Sunna group».

While the resistance committees rejected the invitation, they considered the framework agreement “a launching pad for settlement, a forum and auction for selling the blood of martyrs, and a complete concession to the demands and issues of the revolution and the people in exchange for a handful of positions, seats and ministry chairs.”
She added that «the resistance committees will not contribute or discuss an agreement that relapses the revolution and will not sell the blood of the victims cheaply», noting that the people’s appointment with the leaders of the coup «retribution».
It considered «understandings of freedom and change with the military a choice for the path of counter-revolution», stressing that «it will continue to stand in the face of the coup and against the settlement and will continue to escalate until the overthrow of the coup».
They accused «Freedom and Change trying to dismantle the resistance committees in the city of Khartoum and all Sudan and put obstacles in order not to unite them in one charter in preparation for the passage of the settlement», considering «sending invitations to the coordination without other coordination is a clear indication of those attempts».

It announced the cessation of political and field communication with any body that accepts the draft settlement with the leaders of the October 25, 2021 coup, calling for continued escalation and peaceful resistance to overthrow military rule and achieve the authority of the people.
It added: “The destiny of this generation of Sudanese is to stop the evil circle of coups in the country,” stressing that they “will not postpone the battle.”
It is noteworthy that the «Freedom and Change» said that it will not proceed with any final agreement with the military without the consent of the forces of the revolution, stressing that it takes into account the challenges and pitfalls surrounding the political process in the country.

Indicating that their vision for the political process to be credible and transparent, end the coup and its effects, and complete the tasks of the Sudanese revolution, explaining that it includes the signing of a framework agreement based on the understandings that took place between the forces of freedom and change, the military component and the parties of the democratic transition forces, which included the observations of the military side on the draft transitional constitution.
It also included the establishment of a constitutional framework for the establishment of a transitional democratic civilian authority to complete the tasks of the Sudanese revolution, in the first phase of the agreement. It stipulated that the framework agreement should be developed with the participation of a wide public of stakeholders and revolutionary forces in order to reach the final agreement.

Stressing that the final agreement, according to the declared vision, will discuss with all revolutionary forces and stakeholders, the issues of transitional justice, security reform, dismantling the former regime and reforming the peace agreement signed between the transitional government and the Revolutionary Front in October 2020.
According to Freedom and Change, “the main goal of signing the framework agreement is to get the military out of the confrontation with the people, and to address the worsening economic situation in the country,” pointing to “the great economic damage suffered by the Sudanese because of the coup.”
“It has received promises from the international community to return all economic and development programs and assistance to the country following an agreement leading to the end of the coup and the restoration of democratic civilian rule in the country,”.

On October 25, 2021, the Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Army, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, carried out a military coup against the transitional government, which has been shared by civilians and military for more than a year, a few days before the presidency of the Sovereign Council was due to be handed over to civilians, according to an agreement concluded in November of the same year.
On July 4, Burhan announced the military’s exit from the political process, calling on civilians to agree on a transitional government.
About two months ago, FFC said that it had received, through informal contacts, comments from the military about a draft transitional constitution submitted by the Steering Committee of the Bar Association, and that it considered it a good basis for the political process in the country.


*Part of the original story was published in Al-Quds newspaper in Arabic

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