Khartoum, May 24 (SUNA) - Head of United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) Volker Perthes has said that positive steps were taken within the framework of creating a conducive atmosphere for dialogue in Sudan from late March until today.

 Mr. Perthes said the Sudanese authorities have released 86 detainees, including senior officials affiliated with the work of what is known as dismantling committee, noting that the dialogue will only succeed in a favorable environment and that the matter is up to the Sudanese.

 In his briefing to the UN Security Council today, Mr. Perthes praised the efforts of the Sudanese authorities to release the detainees recently as an important step towards creating favorable conditions and rebuilding confidence, addressing the complexities of the Sudanese scene, calling on the government authorities to take more measures in the context of creating favorable atmosphere for the success of the current talks to end the crisis.

The head of the UN mission explained that a large number of Sudanese parties and political alliances have presented initiatives to resolve the political crisis during the past period, indicating that there is an increasing recognition of the need for a civil-military dialogue to find a way out of the crisis.

He noted that there is more public debate on this issue.

He reviewed the efforts of the tripartite mechanism of the African Union, the United Nations and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the initial talks between the Sudanese, and almost all components expressed their willingness to participate positively in the facilitative efforts, as he also indicated lack of response by some Sudanese parties to reach to a political agreement.

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