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Sudan accepts new UN special envoy

Posted by African Press International on August 30, 2007

Khartoum (Sudan) The Sudanese government on Wednesday agreed to the appointment of Pakistani ambassador Ashraf Qazi as the new United Nations envoy to the country, replacing Jan Pronk who was expelled by Sudan in October 2006.

Sudan\s permanent representative to the United Nations, Abdul-Mahmoud Abdul-Halim said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has been notified of the Sudanese decision, indicating that the decision came after intensive Sudanese-UN talks.

Qazi was the UN representative in Iraq and is a well-known diplomat who has served as Pakistan ambassador to several world capitals including Washington.

He will accompany Ban during his expected third visit to Sudan next month.

Khartoum declared Pronk persona non grata after his statements, which criticized the Sudanese army and were not received well by Sudan.

About 10,000 UN peacekeeping troops alongside 26,000 counterparts from the African Union (AU) are monitoring the peace accord for Southern Sudan and the troubled Darfur region

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