On behalf of Secretary Clinton, I am pleased to announce that retired United States Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman will serve as a part of an expanded United States negotiation team being dispatched to Sudan. Ambassador Lyman and his team will augment and complement the efforts of the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum and U.S. Consulate General in Juba as our diplomatic mission to Sudan assists in the final elements of implementing Sudan’s North-South Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).
Ambassador Lyman joins a robust U.S. leadership team deeply committed to improving the security and humanitarian situation in Sudan. His efforts will directly support those of U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Major General (Retired) Scott Gration, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson, Chargé d’Affaires Robert Whitehead in Khartoum, and Consul General Barrie Walkley in Juba.
Ambassador Lyman departed for Sudan yesterday evening, where he will join Special Envoy Gration in Sudan for meetings this week with the Sudanese National Congress Party (NCP), the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Sudan Haile Menkerios, Chairman of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel Thabo Mbeki, and representatives of the Sudan Troika (United Kingdom and Norway).