Williamson wraps up a visit to Abyei and heads for al-Fashir

Media Monitoring Report, December 11, 2008

The UN said that SAF and SPLA have not completely withdrawn from Abyei area as per the provisions of the map road which aimed at ending tensions arising from fierce fighting that was erupted in May.

This comes at a time when the special US envoy to Sudan, Richard Williamson, ended a visit to Abyei and Agok to review steps taken to implement the last agreement between NCP and SPLM on the issue.

The US charge d’ Affairs told Al-Sudani that the visit was positive and they saw progress in some areas, yet he expressed his country’s disappointment at the total destruction of the town.

The American entourage received briefings from the UN representative, the JIU commander and ISS
officers in the area.

Mr. Williamson is due to proceed to al-Fashir today where he is expected to hold talks with local officials before he starts his official talks with Sudanese government officials on Tuesday in Khartoum.


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