Senior UN officials head to Sudan for talks on helping African Union

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi and the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno tomorrow will begin weeklong visits to Africa’s largest country.Mr. Brahimi, who has been in close contact with the AU on the scope and nature of UN support to the Union’s mission in Darfur, will be following up on those contacts during his visit, which will focus on the war-riven region in Sudan’s west.The purpose of Mr. Guéhenno’s fact-finding mission is to gain the best possible understanding of the situation in wider Sudan, as well as the UN response.

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