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Vol 43 No 4

Published 22nd February 2002


Unconstructive engagement

Western governments still don't get the measure of Sudan's resourceful rulers

As one Special Envoy gives up trying to bring peace to Sudan, another pops up with the same mission. United States Senator John Danforth is expected to abandon his brief next month, handing it back to a relieved Department of State. In Britain, the opposite is happening, as a former Ambassador to Sudan, Alan Fletcher Goulty, is appointed Special Representative with the same task. He reports directly to the Minister of State for Africa and the Commonwealth, Baroness Valerie Amos, and will have a fairly free hand, as he appears to have had on Sudan for some years. Goulty may face an early challenge concerning radar contracts awarded to Marconi (see below) and clearly open to dual use by the Sudan Air Force which has been bombing civilians again this month.

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