2 July 1999


I was gratified to Learn that a United Nations Assessment Team was able to visit areas of the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan State last week, to ascertain the humanitarian situation in the region.

This is an important development and I welcome the cooperation that the Government of Sudan and you personally have extended for the realization of this mission. I also appreciate your commitment to ensuring that all those in need receive assistance, irrespective of their location in the Sudan.

As confirmed by the mission's findings the people of the area face a wide range of humanitarian needs. I am confident that the United Nations and its humanitarian agencies will be able to count on your support for the early implementation of the measures required to help the population affected.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Signed Kofi A. Annan

His Excellency
Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismaiel
Minister for External Relations
Of the Republic of the Sudan