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Special Envoy Williamson's Travel for 2008 to Sudan

February 23 – 29: Special Envoy Williamson traveled to Sudan from February 23 to 29, 2008, his first trip to the region as Special Envoy. During meetings with officials from the Government of Sudan, Special Envoy Williamson discussed steps the Government of Sudan should take to increase humanitarian relief to the people of Sudan, ensure the rapid deployment of the United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), and further implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Amb. Williamson also held productive talks with UNAMID political and military leadership in El Fasher, North Darfur; and in Juba he met with Government of Southern Sudan President Salva Kiir to discuss the current status of the CPA and visited with Sudan People’s Liberation Army officials in their new General Headquarters, which were built with U.S. assistance.

May 27 – June 4: Special Envoy Williamson traveled to Sudan from May 27 to June 4, 2008 for continued talks with Government of Sudan and Government of Southern Sudan officials. Arriving just weeks after violence erupted in Abyei, forcing some 50,000 people from their homes, Special Envoy Williamson traveled to Abyei town and devoted significant attention during his trip, including discussions with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Government of Southern Sudan President Salva Kiir, to urging the parties to pursue a peaceful settlement to the Abyei crisis. Special Envoy Williamson also traveled to Nyala in southern Darfur to meet with political leadership, UN officials, women’s groups, and civil society leaders, and to visit Otash camp for internally displaced persons.

August 4 – 15: Special Envoy Williamson traveled to Chad, Ethiopia, and Sudan from August 4 to 15, 2008. In Chad and Ethiopia, Special Envoy Williamson focused on urging Sudan’s neighbors to play a productive role in both the crisis in Darfur and the implementation of the CPA. In Chad, Special Envoy Williamson met with Foreign Minister Faki and President Deby and discussed the continuing tensions along the border between Chad and Sudan. He then held productive discussions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with Prime Minister Meles, as well as with African Union Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra. In Sudan, Special Envoy Williamson again visited Abyei, where some progress had been made in implementation of the Abyei Road Map and a few residents were returning to their homes. In North Darfur, he visited with displaced persons in Al Salaam camp and met with Sudan Liberation Movement leader Minni Minawi and his commanders in the field. Finally, in Khartoum, he discussed the U.S. Government’s continued support for the CPA with GOSS President Salva Kiir, and urged the officials from the Government of Sudan to take steps toward peace and stability in Darfur and throughout the country.

October 3 – 9: Special Envoy Williamson traveled to Libya and Sudan from October 3 to 9, 2008. In Libya, during discussions with officials from the Foreign Ministry, Special Envoy Williamson thanked Tripoli for its continued interest in playing a constructive role in quelling cross-border tensions between Sudan and Chad. Special Envoy Williamson then traveled to Juba for a discussion with Government of Southern Sudan President Salva Kiir about the CPA, the upcoming national elections in Sudan, and resolution of the Abyei crisis, and for a meeting with officials from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army to discuss the U.S. Security Sector Transformation program for Southern Sudan. In Khartoum, Special Envoy Williamson reiterated in meetings with the Government of Sudan the commitment of the United States to peace in Sudan and the interest of the United States in concrete steps toward progress on the ground in Darfur.


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