US envoy Scott Gration to visit China, Qatar, Britain and France on Darfur peace
From AFP, Friday, 22 May 2009 (WASHINGTON) - excerpt:
US special envoy Scott Gration is due over the next week to visit China, Qatar, Britain and France to revive efforts to bring peace to Sudan's western Darfur region, a US official said Friday.
"This is all an effort to align positions on the Darfur peace process under the leadership of United Nations-African Union joint chief mediator Djibril Bassole," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters.
"He leaves tomorrow (Saturday) May 23 and completes his travel June 1," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters.
He will meet with senior Chinese government officials in China and hold a meeting with his counterparts from China, Russia and Britain, France and the European Union in Doha, Qatar.
He will then travel to London for talks with senior British officials and reconvene the so-called Sudan diplomatic troika of the United States, Britain and Norway.
He will visit Paris to meet with senior French officials and try to encourage Sudan Liberation Army faction leader Abdul Wahid Mohammed Nur, who is exiled in France, to join the Darfur peace process. [...]
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