Sudan Disaster Risks Becoming 'Failed State' Like Libya Or Somalia, Diplomat Fears

Assistant US secretary of state for African affairs Tibor Nagy warns Sudan is at risk of falling into the "type of chaos that exists in Libya or Somalia".

The opposition and military must agree on a transition process, the senior US diplomat warned.

A positive outcome in troubled Sudan would be an agreement that leads to a civilian government, while a negative outcome could lead to the "type of chaos that exists in Libya or Somalia," Nagy said on Friday.

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He  said the mood changed dramatically on June 3, when Sudanese security forces orchestrated a deadly crackdown on peaceful protesters.

"Until June 3, everyone was so optimistic," he told reporters in a phone briefing.

Sudanese forces deployed around Khartoum's army headquarters on June 3, 2019 as they try to disperse Khartoum's sit-in. Photo: Getty

More than 100 people were killed and around 500 injured during the crackdown on a mass sit-in in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, according to an association of doctors aligned with the protest movement.

The protesters had been demanding that the military, which toppled long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir in an April coup, hand power to a civilian-led government.

Sudanese civilians rally in support of civilian rule at Khartoum airport in the capital on May 27. Photo: Getty

Nagy said the US is supporting the African Union's efforts to mediate between the civilian opposition and the governing transitional military council for a road-map towards elections.

But when asked about possible sanctions, Nagy didn't rule out the option.

"The US always says that all tools available remain on the table," he said.