The Sudanese military rejected Ethiopia's proposal to end the political blockade in the country's transitional government.
The ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition coalition have been arguing for weeks about what form the Sudanese Transitional Government should take after the military dropped long-time President Omar al-Bashir on April 11.
Ethiopia's proposal, approved by the opposition coalition, provides that a ruling sovereign council consists of seven civilians and seven members of the military. According to Reuters, an additional seat was reserved for an impartial person.
The TMC spokesman, Lieutenant-General Shams al-Din Kabbashi, instead declared on Sunday that he basically agreed with the African Union (AU) plan.
] "The African Union Initiative came first," said Kabbashi, adding that the Council had not investigated Ethiopia's initiative, which he described as "one-sided." 59004] Details of the AU proposal were not immediately known.
Kabbashi said Ethiopia and the AU needed to unite their efforts to mediate between the Council and the opposition coalition for months of protests over democracy.
We have asked the mediators to unite their efforts and file a joint paper as soon as possible to bring the parties back into negotiations, "said Kabbashi.
" Delay tactics "
Jon Temin, Africa director at Freedom House, a non-governmental body, said the military seems to be stalling for the time being.
"I would characterize it as a classic Sudanese delaying tactic. And we've seen this before from earlier regimes that tried to play off mediators against each other to gain time and conduct that kind of circling conversation, and in the end get nowhere, "he said.
Talks between the ruling generals and The coalition for freedom and change collapsed when the security forces stormed a protest before the Ministry of Defense on June 3, killing dozens of people.
The army later expressed its "regret" over the "excesses" that occurred on 3 March
The composition of the Sovereignty Council was the most important open point between the two sides prior to the collapse of the talks. The Military Council overturned all the agreements it had reached with the coalition following the dissolution of the seat patrol. [1
A coup attempt in Ethiopia on Sunday presented hurdles for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who tried to mediate to resolve the blockade.
"Surely the Prime Minister [Abiy] has much to offer given today's and yesterday's developments," Temin told Al Jazeera of Arlington, Virginia.
I think that Ethiopia is about as good among the regional countries you can hope for, but they have no influence of their own.
"They need the influence of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and probably the US, to change the calculations of the military in particular, and it remains to be seen if these countries will become more productive," he said.
"Saudi Arabia and the UAE support the military government and Egypt."
The two oil-rich Gulf states The countries between them pledged US $ 3 billion in financial and material support to Sudan at the end of April.
However, the ruling military council has denied that Saudi Arabia and the UAE have dictated "political or economic conditions" in the country.
Temin said that the US, at least in its rhetoric, was "energetic" for turning to "civilian rule."
"But the question is whether the US will actually put muscle behind it.
" So far we have not seen much of it. "