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Saturday, May 21, 2011

UN delegation start three-state African tour

Agence France Presse
May 21, 2011

A UN Security Council delegation Saturday began a tour of three African states to assess peace and security threats, notably in the Sudanese trouble spot of Abyei.

The five-day tour, which began in Ethiopia, will also take them to Kenya.

The team held talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and officials of the African Union, whose headquarters is in Addis Ababa, an AFP reporter said.

In Sudan, they will visit Khartoum and Juba to praise the conduct of a January referendum on the independence of south Sudan.

Tensions however remain in the Abyei region between north and south Sudan where bloody clashes have erupted in recent months.

The region was also to hold a referendum in January to determine its future, but the vote was indefinitely postponed over disagreements on the eligibility of voters. Negotiations to resolve the dispute have stalled.

The team will end its tour in Kenya where they will also meet with members of Somalia's transitional government.


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