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Taken Question (Revised)
Office of the Spokesman
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April 10, 2006
Question Taken at Daily Press Briefing of April 10, 2006

United States Contact With Government of Sudan (Taken Question)

Question:  What is the level and frequency of our contact with the Government of Sudan regarding United Nations rehatting?

Answer:  The President, the National Security Advisor, Secretary Rice, Deputy Secretary Zoellick, U.S. Representative to the United Nations John Bolton, Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer, Senior Representative for Sudan Michael Ranneberger, the Deputy Secretary’s Special Representative on Sudan Roger Winter, and others have all been working hard everyday on the Darfur crisis and the pressing need to establish a United Nations-led peacekeeping mission in Darfur.

During the past weekend at the African Union-mediated peace talks on Darfur in Abuja, Nigeria, United States officials met with Sudanese government officials to press them for their cooperation on the establishment of a United Nations-led peacekeeping mission in Darfur.

In addition to pushing the Sudanese government and the rebel movements for a greater sense of urgency to reach a peace accord on Darfur, United States officials underscored the importance of the Sudanese government’s cooperation in ending the violence and needless suffering and dying in Darfur, as well as supporting the speedy transition of the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) to a larger, more robust United Nations peacekeeping operation as called for by the African Union, as noted in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1663 on March 24, 2006.

The United States has, and will continue, to engage the Sudanese government at all appropriate levels and venues to help stop immediately the suffering and dying in Darfur and cooperate on the transition to a United Nations peacekeeping operation.

The United Nations is already in Southern Sudan with the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and its humanitarian staff tending to the humanitarian needs of that region’s people following the end of the 21-year civil war between Northern and Southern Sudan.


Released on April 10, 2006

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