Dec 15th, 2012
By Aly Verjee Princeton Lyman, US special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, is stepping down. A White House source characterised Lyman’s departure as “the kind of personnel change that is normal at the end of a president’s first term and start of a second.” President Obama appointed Lyman as special e...
In East Africa
Jul 4th, 2012
Kenya – Last Friday, U.S. ambassador to Kenya Scott Gration announced his resignation, citing “differences with Washington.” He spoke again Wednesday, during an American Independence Day celebration at his official residence – the event also seeming to serve as his farewell party. His com...
Jan 26th, 2011
Presidential Adviser Ghazi Salah Al-Deen today reiterated Sudanese government refusal to give a position of vice-president to Darfur, or to establish a regional authority as demanded by the rebel groups. “Sudanese government and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) ended direct talks for a...
Jan 6th, 2011
A new oil-sharing deal between Sudan’s north and soon-to-be independent south must ensure transparency and independent monitoring to avoid mistrust that could fuel future conflict, Global Witness said on Thursday. Southerners will begin to vote on independence on January 9 and are expected to c...
Jan 5th, 2011
JUBA, Sudan – A referendum on independence for south Sudan on Sunday raises tough questions about the legitimacy of Africa’s colonial borders and sets a precedent for existing secessionist movements, analysts say. “There is an uneasiness in Africa towards this independence because i...
Jan 4th, 2011
Almost 4 million southern Sudanese, or roughly half the south’s population, have registered to take part in an independence referendum next week that is likely to split Africa’s largest country in two, officials said on Monday. The U.S. State Department said it was optimistic ahead of the...
Jan 3rd, 2011
A high profile U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to arrive in Sudan next Saturday to assess preparations for the conduct of south Sudan vote on independence due to start the day after, a pro-government website reported on Sunday. U.S. former Secretary of State Coli...
Oct 24th, 2010
Senior U.S. officials said Friday that more American diplomats were being dispatched to Sudan and that President Obama was getting daily briefings on preparations for a referendum that could divide the troubled country in two. The officials acknowledged that major steps have to be taken to ensure tha...