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Citing progress in Somalia, the Sudan, Annan extends appointment of top adviser for Africa

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Citing reinvigorated peace efforts in Somalia and the Sudan, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided that his top adviser on Africa should remain in the region through the end of the year to continue providing advice on the UN's role as the pace of negotiations accelerates.
In a letter to the President of the Security Council, the Secretary-General notes that his Special Adviser, Mohamed Sahnoun, has been following developments in the Horn of Africa region, especially in Somalia and the Sudan, and providing assessments on what useful role the UN could play in efforts to reach negotiated settlements in the conflicts in those countries.

Mr. Annan recalls that in recent months significant progress has been made in the peace process on the Sudan being led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), resulting in the Machakos Protocol, which was signed by the parties last July. Aiming for a comprehensive peace agreement, the two sides are scheduled to resume negotiations this month and Mr. Sahnoun will represent the Secretary-General at those talks.

Noting the important achievements made thus far as well as the role Mr. Sahnoun will play in the months ahead as the pace of negotiations to reach agreements is accelerated, the Secretary-General informed the Council of his decision to extend Mr. Sahnoun's appointment until 31 December.