New Joint Mediator, Darfur: Djibril Yipene Bassole
Tom Casey, Deputy Spokesman
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.
Released on July 1, 2008