UN set to discuss conflict Ethiopia, report says Burhan won't join Sudan's future government, Zambia president says the country won't allow gay practices.
The UN Security Council is meeting on Monday to discuss the conflict in northern Ethiopia, even as rebels claim to be advancing towards the capital, Addis Ababa.
The open session in New York will discuss the humanitarian crisis, where nearly eight million people are facing what the UN has described as near-famine conditions.
Previous UN Security Council meetings ended with no concrete resolution on ending the fighting, but the US has withheld millions of dollars in aid to Ethiopia and has threatened punitive actions against those instigating the conflict. Both sides have rejected proposals to have face-to-face negotiations to end the year long-conflict.
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Over the weekend, top UN and African Union envoys visited Mekelle, the capital of the northern Tigray region, and appealed for a ceasefire and a safe passage for humanitarian assistance to the millions in need of urgent food aid.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Sunday in support of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his war against the Tigray rebels. They chanted songs and waved banners denouncing what they said was interference by the West in the internal matters of Africa’s second most-populous nation.
Army chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has told al-Jazeera TV that he will not be part of any post-transition government. He also denied that the military killed citizens protesting against last month’s coup.
“We are committed to handing over power to a civilian government of national competency and we pledge to preserve the transition from any interference that can hinder it,” he told the broadcaster.
A committee of Sudanese doctors has said at least 14 protesters have been killed and about 300 wounded in anti-coup demonstrations since 25 October. But Gen Burhan absolved the military of any responsibility for the deaths.
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“The Sudanese army does not kill citizens and there are investigation committees to reveal what happened,” he said.
The military chief said he hoped Sudan’s political factions would reach a power-sharing deal on a transitional government “within the next 24 hours despite several obstacles”, according to al-Jazeera.
An Arab League delegation has visited Khartoum to help find a way out of the political crisis. At the weekend, envoys from the UN and African Union visited the Tigray regional capital Mekelle to call for a ceasefire and humanitarian access.
Zambia's President Hakainde Hichilema has said that gay practices cannot be condoned because the country is a Christian nation.
President Hichilema said the country can only "realign sound democratic values with other countries", local media reports.
Last month, the president denied holding talks on gay rights during his trip to the United Nations General Assembly in the US.
Some media sources had earlier reported that a planned meeting between President Hichilema and President Joe Biden had been cancelled following anti-gay remarks made by Zambian Vice-President Mutale Nalumango.Hammed Zubair
posted 2021-11-08 13:17:00