UN special envoy to Sudan Volker Perthes resigns

UN special envoy to Sudan Volker Perthes resigns

The United Nations special envoy to Sudan, Volker Perthes is stepping down, more than three months after Sudan declared him non grata after disagreements between rival factions erupted into war, Reuters reported.

“I am grateful to the Secretary-General for this opportunity and for his confidence in me, but I have asked him to relieve me of this role,” Volker Perthes told the UN Security Council on Wednesday, two and a half years after taking the job.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, leader of the Sudanese armed forces, had previously expressed his disapproval of Perthes, and before the outbreak of war, supporters of Bashir had protested in front of Perthes’ mission.

Sudan declared Perthes persona non grata in June.

Perthes had been working from outside Sudan since then. The United Nations said at the time that U.N. personnel cannot be persona non grata, the report said.

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