Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 18, 2011

Special Envoy to Sudan Princeton Lyman and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah will conduct a press briefing on their recent visits to Sudan. The on-the-record briefing and Q&A will be held in the State Press Briefing Room on Wednesday, May 18 at 11:00 am.

Earlier this month, Ambassador Lyman traveled to Doha where he joined U.S. Senior Advisor on Darfur Dane Smith in urging the Sudanese government and Darfuri armed movements to use the remaining weeks of the Doha talks to reach a political agreement, commit to an immediate ceasefire, and take immediate steps to improve security and humanitarian conditions on the ground in Darfur. Ambassador Lyman also traveled to Darfur to evaluate conditions on the ground and explore mechanisms to more fully involve the Darfuri people in the peace process. His trip also included a stop in Southern Kordofan, where gubernatorial and legislative elections were held May 2-4. Finally, Ambassador Lyman traveled to Khartoum and Juba as part of a sustained dialogue with government officials on a wide range of issues, including full and timely implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement and resolution of the Darfur conflict.

On a separate visit in May, Administrator Shah traveled to Juba and Khartoum. In addition to bilateral meetings, Administrator Shah joined Norway Minister of Environment and International Development Erik Solheim, and United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell for meetings with representatives of the Government of Sudan, the Government of Southern Sudan, Sudanese civil society, and international organizations in Sudan, including the United Nations and African Union. The focus of the development ministers’ visit was to emphasize their continuing commitment to Sudan, both north and south, and their support for the development of two economically viable and peaceful states, which adhere to principles of good governance, respect for human rights, and assistance to those affected by conflict, natural disaster, and population movements.

Media contact: State Department Press Office 202-647-2492.

PRN: 2011/774