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Annan to travel to Sudan’s troubled Darfur region

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will travel this week to Sudan, to witness the status of relief efforts in the troubled Darfur region and to meet with Sudanese government representatives in Khartoum, United Nations officials said. “The Secretary-General is returning to Darfur to see firsthand one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises and the progress being made in meeting the people’s needs on the ground,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric, who said Annan was due in to arrive in the Sudan on Friday. “By going to Darfur, he hopes to rally support for the AU’s (African Union’s) security presence, revitalize the AU-mediated political process, and focus attention on the need to sustain the vital and massive UN-led humanitarian assistance activities underway there,” Dujarric said. Full Story

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