US envoy, Sudanese officials meet on Darfur issue

New York- US (PANA) -- The Special Envoy of US President to Sudan, Scott Gration, on Thursday held a series of meetings with Sudanese officials on the current cr i sis in western Sudanese region of Darfur, a US statement said on Friday.
The Pan African News Agency (PANA) learnt that the American envoy and the Sudane se officials also held talks on the situation in southern Sudan and relations be t ween Khartoum and Washington.
A US State Department statement made available to PANA in New York stated that G ration, who is on his second visit to Sudan, had focused on efforts to resolve t h e Darfur crisis and the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA ) in southern Sudan.
``He also discuss contentious issues between the two countries,'' it said.
``During the meetings on Thursday, the US envoy stressed the desire to provide s trong support for a peaceful solution to the Darfur crisis and the full implemen t ation of the CPA,'' it said.
The statement also disclosed that Gration held separate talks with Sudanese Pres idential Adviser Ghazi Salah al-Din, Sudanese Presidential Assistant Nafie Ali N a fie and Sudanese First Vice President and President of the Government of Souther n Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit.
PANA learnt that the U.
envoy will have more closed-door talks with officials in the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry for Humanitarian Af f airs on Friday.
The state department also said that, ``before arriving in Khartoum, the US envoy held consultations with the parties involved in the Darfur crisis in Cairo, Doh a and Ndjamena''.
Gration, a former US Air Force major general, had in April visited Sudan after h e was appointed by US President Barack Obama in March.

08 may 2009 19:39:00

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