Obama dispatches Special Envoy to Darfur peace talks in Doha

Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 09:04

Washington: US President Barack Obama has
dispatched Princeton Lyman, the country`s Special Envoy for Sudan, to the on-going Darfur peace talks in Doha, the State Department said.

Lyman will join US Senior Advisor on Darfur, Dane
Smith, in urging the Sudanese government and Darfuri armed
movements to use the remaining weeks of the Doha talks to
reach a political agreement, commit to an immediate ceasefire,
and take immediate steps to improve security and humanitarian
conditions on the ground in Darfur, the State Department said
in a statement.

Following their participation in the Doha talks, Lyman
and Smith will travel to Darfur to evaluate conditions on the
ground and explore mechanisms to more fully involve the
Darfuri people in the peace process, it said.

Lyman also plans to travel to Southern Kordofan, where
gubernatorial and legislative elections will be held May 2-4.
"There, he will join other international officials in
observing the polling process and will discuss with Sudanese
authorities the way ahead on the region’s popular
consultations, a critical element of the 2005 Comprehensive
Peace Agreement that remains outstanding," the State
Department said.
During his trip, the Special Envoy will also meet with
Northern and Southern leaders in Khartoum and Juba as part of
sustained dialogue with Sudanese officials on a wide range of
issues, including full and timely implementation of the 2005
Comprehensive Peace Agreement and resolution of the Darfur
conflict, it said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 09:04

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