Sudan: Military ready to resume talks as protest death toll hits 60

The military leader in Sudan has offered to resume negotiations with protest leaders over the transition period.

This comes a day after he rubbished all agreements with an opposition alliance.

The offer by the head of Sudanโ€™s ruling military council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, came as the number of people killed since security forces stormed a protest camp in Khartoum on Monday rose to 60, according to a medical group linked to the opposition.

In a message for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr broadcast on state television, Burhan paid homage to the uprising that began in December and culminated with the military overthrow and arrest of President Omar al-Bashir in April.

He asserted that he is still ready to hand over power to a rightfully elected government.

 โ€œWe in the military council, extend our hands to negotiations without shackles except the interests of the homeland,โ€ Burhan said.

Burhan had previously announced he was skipping any negotiations with protest groups and said he would organise elections within nine months.

His decision came after security forces stormed a protest campsite outside the Defence Ministry in central Khartoum in an operation that resulted in the death of at least 35 people, according to the doctorsโ€™ group.

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