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Ban Ki-Moon to visit three African countries in September

Posted by African Press International on August 30, 2007

Dakar (Senegal) The visit of the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, to Sudan, Chad and Libya next September will focus mainly on protecting populations.

Addressing a news conference on Tuesday in New York (USA), Ban said his trips purpose is to see by himself the difficulties experienced by the UN troops.”

He revealed that the Security Council had approved Resolution 1769 for the deployment of some 19, 555 troops in Darfur (Sudan).

Expressing his deep concern about the escalation of violence and recent attacks against villages in which hundreds of people were killed, Ban Ki-Moon deplored such acts, terming them as “unacceptable .

He pointed out that he seeks to lay the foundation of a lasting solution to the conflict opposing several rebel groups in the western part of the country to the Khartoum central government.

The UN secretary general called on all parties involved for an immediate ceasefire and suggested the deployment of the Blue Berets stressing the need for huge logistical effort.

In this respect, he believes that this mission is one of the most important and most complex ever deployed by the United Nations together with the African Union (AU).

“Several countries had already made strong commitments but air transport remains the most critical part of the deployment,” he said.

He recalled that the bulk of these troops will be Africans, adding “the supply may exceed the demand.

Yet we need the expertise lacking African countries. All this will not succeed without support from the Sudanese government,” the UN boss noted.

Peacekeeping will not be enough, he pointed out while re-iterating his call for the progress of the Sudanese peace talks in the wake of those held in Tanzania. He suggested a peace conference on the issue at the end of this summer.

The Secretary general will then travel to the Southern Sudans capital, Juba, to push for the respect of the North-South peace accords mainly on power sharing and natural resources to ensure the holding of fully representative elections in 2009 as initially planned.

While ruling out the opportunity of sanctions against Sudan, Ban Ki-Moon plans to hold talks with Chadian President Deby on the refugees and the relations between Chad and Sudan before visiting Libya which he is praising for its efforts to bring Darfur rebels closer.

The SG further said he would organise on his return from Darfur on 21 September, a follow-up meeting on the Paris conference to be attended by the African Union (AU) Commission chairperson, Alpha Oumar Konare.

The UN/AU management Committee will also convene its first meeting on 14 September on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Published by Korir, API*APN tel+47 932 or+47 63 source.apa


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