About the Author: Major General (Ret) Scott Gration serves as the President's Special Envoy to Sudan.
Hello, I'm Scott Gration, the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan. This week I'm heading out on my next visit to the region -- to Sudan and Ethiopia. Let me take a few minutes to share some of our objectives with you.
Two weeks ago, Sudan held its first multiparty elections in 24 years. While we have expressed our concerns about the elections and the electoral environment, we recognize these elections are an important element of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. We're continuing our efforts to fully implement the CPA, including next year's referenda in Abyei and Southern Sudan.
On this trip, I will stop in Khartoum where I will meet with top officials of the United Nations and other special envoys from Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and the European Union.
I will also travel to Juba for continued discussions with members of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement and leaders of the Government of Southern Sudan. We will discuss the unresolved issues of the CPA, like border demarcation and popular consultations. We will also talk about the post-referenda matters, such as oil revenues, citizenship, and grazing rights.
My trip will take me back to Darfur to discuss the security situation on the ground with UNAMID officials in El Fashir.
Finally, I'm heading to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to participate in an African Union ministerial on Sudan. While there, I will meet with key African leaders and multilateral organizations to discuss regional strategies and to coordinate international support.
I look forward to giving you an update upon my return. Thank you for your continued interest in the work of our office. We appreciate your concern for the peace, prosperity and future of the Sudanese people. Thank you.