Dutch rebuke Sudan for expulsion of UN envoy
30 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — Dutch Overseas Development Minister Agnes van Ardenne has rebuked the Sudanese government for the expulsion of top UN envoy Jan Pronk.
30 October 2006
AMSTERDAM — Dutch Overseas Development Minister Agnes van Ardenne has rebuked the Sudanese government for the expulsion of top UN envoy Jan Pronk.
Van Ardenne informed Khartoum over the weekend that the Dutch government believed the expulsion of Pronk — a former Dutch government minister — was unacceptable.
"But people are not getting worked up about it. The decision has been taken and will not be reversed," the minister said on Sunday.
The Sudan Foreign Ministry ordered Pronk out of the country on 22 October, taking offence at comments in his web-blog claiming that the government was not implementing the Darfur Peace Agreement.
He was told to leave the country within 72 hours and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan asked Pronk to immediately return to headquarters for consultations.
Pronk then briefed the UN Security Council on Friday, stressing resolutely that Sudan was still looking for a military solution to the deepening crisis in Darfur.
Meanwhile, Van Ardenne told the Sudan government in Khartoum that Pronk should be allowed back into the country one more time.
"I raised the idea that he should be given the freedom to do his work and conclude any urgent matters," she said.
"I was told that he could come and pick up his belongings, but that he should then leave as quickly as possible."
Van Ardenne said the Sudanese government made it clear that they had disapproved of Pronk's actions in recent months and that his expulsion was not only based on the recent criticism.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news