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Breakthrough Army-Civilian Talks May End Sudan Crisis, UN Says

  • Next week’s negotiations come as economy, food security worsen
  • Nation’s return to democratic path faces serious obstacles
Demonstrators protest outside the UN mission in Sudan's capital Khartoum on June 1.

Demonstrators protest outside the UN mission in Sudan's capital Khartoum on June 1.

Photographer: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP/Getty Images

Sudan’s military will hold direct talks with civilian politicians and activists next week for the first time since October’s coup, as international players set aside their differences and push for a political deal that can salvage the economy, the United Nations envoy said. 

The army has formed a negotiating committee under the country’s second-in-command, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, so that negotiations can begin, UN special envoy Volker Perthes said Thursday by phone.