Sudan has ordered top UN envoy Jan Pronk to leave the country within three days, after the Dutchman claimed on his website that morale was low within government forces. Pronk received his expulsion orders after his latest blog claimed Darfur rebels had beaten the army in two major battles in the last two months and that generals had been sacked as a result.
The army was furious at the envoy’s comments and called him a danger to the nation’s security. Pronk has been UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s top envoy in Sudan for nearly two years.
Some 200,000 people are believed to have died and 2.5 million made homeless in three years of civil war in Sudan, which began with the rebellion of the mainly non-Arab population of Darfur. It has since evolved into a complex series of factional conflicts.