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Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 15:03

The Obama administration has named veteran diplomat and Africa hand Princeton Lyman to be part of an expanded U.S. negotiating team being dispatched to Sudan to manage that country's scheduled January referendum on Southern secession. Lyman, who served as the first U.S. ambassador to South Africa, will work as part of a wider U.S. diplomatic team that includes U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson, ChargŽ d'Affaires Robert Whitehead in Khartoum and Consul General Barrie Walkley in Juba, Politico website reported. The latter was announced by State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in a statement Wednesday, announcing the appointment on behalf of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Ambassador Lyman departed for Sudan Tuesday evening, where he will join Special Envoy Gration in Sudan for meetings this week with the Sudanese National Congress Party the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Sudan Haile Menkerios, Chairman of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel Thabo Mbeki and representatives of the Sudan Troika United Kingdom and Norway.

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