The Sudanese government declared UN envoy Volker Perthes ‘persona non grata’. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced this.
The Sudanese government informed the UN Secretary-General, ‘They have today declared Volker Perthes ‘persona non-grata’ (undesirable).’
The request for Perthes’ withdrawal came weeks after army chief Fattah al-Burhan Abdel accused Perthes of fomenting conflict in the country, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday. News from AFP.
According to the UN mission’s Twitter feed, Perthes was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday for a series of diplomatic talks.
In a letter to the United Nations last month, Sudanese leader Burhan blamed the UN envoy for escalating fighting between the army and paramilitary forces and demanded his replacement, accusing him of not respecting national sovereignty.
UN chief Antonio Guterres and members of the UN Security Council sided with Perthes. But last week, the Security Council voted to extend the mandate of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission (UNITAMS) in Sudan for just six months. June 2020 Unites was formed to support Sudan’s democratic transition after the fall of Omar al-Bashir a year ago. Previously the unitums were renewed for one year.