UN envoy in final visit to Sudan

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6 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — The UN special envoy to Sudan, Jan Pronk, will return to Khartoum this week, diplomatic sources in the Sudanese capital have said.

6 December 2006

AMSTERDAM — The UN special envoy to Sudan, Jan Pronk, will return to Khartoum this week, diplomatic sources in the Sudanese capital have said.

Pronk, a former Dutch government minister, will stay five days in Sudan to hand over his tasks to his interim replacement.

The UN envoy was declared persona non grata by the Sudan government at the end of October.

The Sudan Foreign Ministry took offence at comments in Pronk's web-blog claiming that the government was not implementing the Darfur Peace Agreement and ordered him out of the country.

The incident prompted a terse response Dutch Overseas Development Minister Agnes van Ardenne who declared the expulsion "unacceptable".

She won a promise from Sudan allowing Pronk to return one more time.

Pronk will now return to Sudan this week to finalise the transfer of tasks. He will then travel to New York to give a report to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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