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Cablegate: Ec's Barroso to Underline Support for Au

Published: Mon 25 Sep 2006 12:04 PM
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SUBJECT: EC'S BARROSO TO UNDERLINE SUPPORT FOR AU
1. EC contacts confirm that EC President Jose Manuel Barroso
and European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian
Aid Louis Michel will arrive in Sudan on September 30.
Barroso and Michel will travel to El Fasher the same day to
meet with AMIS commanders and the humanitarian assistance
community. The mission's goal is to underline EU support for
the African Union (AU).
2. The EC is optimistic that President Bashir will also
agree to a meeting with the delegation. In a September 25
phone call with Poloff, EC Political Advisor Jacques Prade
said that Barroso and Michel would tell Bashir that the EU is
concerned the Sudanese government's actions are undermining
the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA). In addition, they would
urge Bashir to accept UN Security Council Resolution 1706 and
grant humanitarian organizations complete access to Darfur.
They may also meet with First Vice President Salva Kiir.
3. On October 2, Barroso and Michel will join 15 European
Commissioners in Addis Ababa for a joint session with the AU
Commission.
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