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New Joint Mediator, Darfur: Djibril Yipene Bassole

Press Statement
Tom Casey, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 1, 2008

Appointment of New Joint Mediator for Darfur

The United States welcomes the appointment of Djibril Yipene Bassole of Burkina Faso as the Joint United Nations-African Union Chief Mediator for Darfur.

We are fully committed to the success of the mediator and will continue to provide support to the Darfur political process to achieve an inclusive peace agreement.

We welcome Mr. Bassole’s willingness to take up residence in Sudan, which will facilitate continual interaction with all parties.

We call on all parties and regional actors to fully cooperate with Mr. Bassole, cease hostilities, and engage without condition in efforts to achieve a lasting peace for Darfur.

2008/535
Released on July 1, 2008

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