Title: British Minister condemns Sudan’s decision to expel UN two officials
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 12-28-2014, 04:37 PM
December 28, 2014-Khartoum-SudaneseOnline-British Minister for Africa James Duddridge condemned on Saturday Sudan’s decision to expel UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Ali Za’atari and UN Development Programme Country Director Yvonne Helle from the country.
"I condemn the deeply regrettable decision by the Government of Sudan to expel two senior United Nations staff. The Minister said in a press release
"These are dedicated professionals who have been working to support and assist the people of Sudan - millions of whom have benefited from UN developmental and humanitarian programmes." "It is essential that the Government of Sudan co-operate with UN missions and agencies in their country; and I join with the (UN) Secretary General (Ban Ki-moon) in calling on the Government of Sudan to reverse this decision," he added.
In statement it issued on Friday, Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said it ordered Za’atari to leave for "insulting the Sudanese people and its political leadership in an interview with a Norwegian newspaper, while Helle, a Dutch national, was expelled because she was "strongly prejudiced against the Sudanese government" and "treated Sudanese officials with arrogance"