In Sudan’s Darfur region, violence has returned to high levels, and, according to sources that are not easy to verify, the death toll may have exceeded 100 people over the past two weeks.

No less complex are the dynamics of internal politics, where the African Union announced on June 21 its intention to suspend its participation in the UN-sponsored talks as a result of the lack of transparency in the process of facilitating political dialogue and because of the military authorities’ exclusion of some important actors (

The African Union’s representative in Sudan, Mohamed Belaish, conveyed the international body’s intentions at a press conference, while the online newspaper Sudan Tribune argued that the reason for the decision was attributable specifically to the exclusion from the talks between the Forces for Freedom and Change and the military authorities of the African Union itself ( 

Thanks to the initiative of the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, however, after an initial boycott of the dialogue by the oppositions, the Forces for Freedom and Change agreed to informal talks with the Sovereign Transitional Council, albeit only exploratory regarding the possibilities for resolving the crisis.

Finally, on June 26, the government of Sudan accused Ethiopian military forces of executing seven Sudanese soldiers and a civilian who were in ENDF custody. The incident would appear to be traceable to ongoing tensions in the disputed al-Fashaga region (


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