Sudan: UN envoy ordered to leave country for blogging

img UN logo small Yesterday official SUNA news agency reported that the Sudanese foreign ministry has given Jan Pronk, special representative of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in Sudan 72hours to leave the country.

Last week Professor Pronk wrote in his personal blog that the Sudanese army had lost two major battles in Darfur to rebel groups, one in Umm Sidir last month and the other in Karakaya earlier this month, and has suffered heavy casualties. Following this the Sudanese army demanded an apology from Professor Pronk and accused him of psychological warfare.

When we were checking Jan Pronk personal blog earlier today none of the criticized text could be found on the web site any more. While there might be other reasons the Sudanese government wanted him to leave the country, he is definitely the first person ever being declared persona-non-grata for blogging.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has recalled Professor Pronk for consultations and he will be leaving Sudan tomorrow. Professor Plonk was the UN Special envoy in Sudan since 2004.

More than 200,000 people have been killed and 7 million displaced in three years of fighting in Darfur.

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