Foreign Secretary in Sudan
The Prime Minister’s Spokesman said that the Foreign Secretary would visit Khartoum today where he would meet with the President and the Foreign Minister. He would also visit Darfur. He wanted to see the situation on the ground and obviously planned to meet the key players and underline our support for the international process to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. He would also deliver a clear message to the Government of Sudan that they must do more to comply with the UN Security Council Resolution and the commitments that they gave to the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. The PMS said that our policy was to work with the Government of Sudan and the African Union to resolve this crisis. There had to be a political solution to the crisis and the Government of Sudan had to be part of that. We were also encouraged that there were talks taking place in Abuja today between the Government and the militias.
Asked whether there were other options under review if a political solution did not to happen the PMS said that the Foreign Secretary was there as part of a process. He would be looking at what had been happening on the ground and the UN would be discussing it again on 30 August and we would not prejudge that discussion. The Foreign Secretary had spoken to Kofi Annan before he went to Sudan and he would talk to him again on his return to give him a full read out. Asked about use of troops the PMS reiterated that we would not prejudge or predict what might happen.
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