11 December 2012

Sudan: U.S. State Department Daily Press Briefing: Sudan & S. Sudan


On — Excerpt from the United States Department of State daily press briefing:

MS. NULAND: All right, everybody. Happy Tuesday. I have one little thing at the top, and then we'll go to what's on your minds.

You will have seen, yesterday, a statement from the President on the departure of Special Envoy Princeton Lyman, who is our envoy for Sudan and South Sudan. I just wanted to make clear that before we let Ambassador Lyman go, he's going to be making another trip in the coming days to Juba, South Sudan today for a series of high-level meetings with government officials, members of civil society, and representatives of international organizations there. He will engage South Sudan on the resolution of outstanding issues such as the disputed area of Abyei, implementation of the crucial agreements, including the creation of a safety militarized border zone. He'll also be working on our commitment to South Sudan's economic development and democratic principles underlying the government. He'll then travel to Addis, Ethiopia to attend the Joint Political and Security Mechanisms meeting on December 15th. And he - we anticipate that the Administration will name a new special envoy soon and that Ambassador Lyman will be around until that time.

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