UN Security Council mission to head to Sudan

Envoys from the UN Security Council will not meet with Sudanese President.

New York: Envoys from the UN Security Council will head on Wednesday to Sudan, aiming to keep up pressure to hold a referendum which could lead to the break-up of the country, a UN official said on Monday.

Envoys from Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States will make up the delegation, said UN Security Council chairman Ruhakana Rugunda, from Uganda.

Uganda currently holds the rotating presidency of the council.

But the envoys will not meet with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir who is under an international arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face charges of genocide in his country.

"The council has not requested a meeting with the president. The council will be meeting other senior officials," Rugunda said.

Diplomats said Bashir would not be in the country during the visit.


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