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Eritrea: The Role of Eritrean Diplomat in South Sudan Crisis

Djibouti (HAN) April 30, 2014. Haile Menkerios, is a former Eritrean diplomat and is Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Sudan and South Sudan, he replaced the former Somali envoy
The Assistant to Sudan’s President and head of the government delegation for negotiations on the two areas, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, met the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Sudan and South Sudan, Haile Menkerios at the Republican palace. He replaced Mohamed Yonis of Somalia as Deputy Joint Special Representative for Operations and Management in the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).  Mohamed Yonis is mandated the Somaliland minister of foreign affairs based in Hargeisa.

Haile Menkerios, born in 1946 in Eritrea is a diplomat who currently serves as the Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and as Special Representative to the African Union, at the level of Under-Secretary-General. He was appointed to this position by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 17 May 2013.

Menkerios said in a press statement that the meeting discussed the progress concerning procedures of national dialogue and actions taken by the National Congress (NCP) in this regard.
Haile Menkerios  stressed the importance of confidence building between the parties via dialogue supportive standards, lauding the decision of the President of the Republic, which gave political parties the freedom to exercise their political activities.

The UN official urged the SPLM, Northern Sector and armed groups to consider the dialogue and their serious participation in this connection. Because of South Sudan Crisism SPLM-N team leader Yasser Saeed Arman disclosed that hey held a meeting on Sunday with Haile Menkerios, the UN Secretary-General’s envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, on the situation of Sudanese refugees in South Sudan.


He affirmed the UN support to the President of the Republic and NCP position for carrying out comprehensive and transparent dialogue, referring to the United Nations concern to ensure the implementation of the decisions taken in this regard. Menkerios expressed hope that the government and the SPLM, Northern Sector, will reach an agreement during the upcoming negotiations in order to ensure the delivery of aid to civilians affected by the conflict on the two regions.

Haile Menkerios revealed the United Nations will send a UN high-level delegation to contact the two warring parties in South Sudan and provide protection to the trapped Sudanese refugees.

Picture:  (left) Haile Menkerios , the United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Sudan and South Sudan, Former President Thabo Mbeki


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