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On Sudan US State Dept Says Progress with FM of Bashir on North Korea Sanctions UN Took Award from Bashir

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS GATE, November 7 – Long time US diplomat Princeton Lyman died ten weeks ago, after many years of work for the US on Sudan and South Sudan, even as the UN fell deeper into stasis and censorship now under Antonio Guterres, whose last Sudan rep took from Omar al Bashir a "Two Niles" award despite his indictment for genocide. Now on November 7 on Sudan, this from the US State Department spokesperson (and perhaps soon more) Hether Nauert: "Yesterday, during bilateral meetings in Washington, D.C., Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and the Sudanese Foreign Minister Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed discussed the launch of the “Phase II” framework for our bilateral engagement.  Phase II is designed to expand our bilateral cooperation, facilitate meaningful reforms to enhance stability in Sudan, and achieve further progress in a number of areas of longstanding concern.  The United States welcomes Sudan’s commitment to making progress in key areas.  Those key areas include expanding counterterrorism cooperation, enhancing human rights protections and practices, including freedoms of religion and press, improving humanitarian access, ceasing internal hostilities and creating a more conducive environment for progress in Sudan’s peace process, taking steps to address certain outstanding terrorism-related claims, and adhering to UN Security Council resolutions related to North Korea.  As part of this process, the United States is prepared to initiate the process of rescinding Sudan’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism if the determination is made that all of the relevant statutory criteria have been met, and if Sudan makes progress in addressing each of the six key areas of mutual concern prioritized by the Phase II framework.  The United States is ready to cooperate with Sudan and to monitor progress as we seek meaningful developments for the benefit of the Sudanese people and the region."  Lyman while working on the Sudan and South Sudan issues came to the UN on February 22, 2012 to brief the Security Council. The meeting was closed, and the UN hardly covered it or Lyman's presence. But attendees whom Inner City Press interviewed outside the meeting room - a practice now frowned on and punished at the UN - were full of praise for Lyman's approach. "If only they would listen to him," one said. If only. The praise of Lyman was a recurring theme on the afternoon of August 25, 2018 outside the US Mission to the UN which Inner City Press covered from the sidewalk, with former Deputy Ambassador David Pressman passing by.  Notably, the praise was bipartisan. The Sudans were only one part of Lyman's long career, including as a mentor to many: he began his career with US Agency for International Development, first serving in Korea and later as the Director in Ethiopia. He moved to the Department of State where he served as the US Ambassador to Nigeria. Other assignments included Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Director of Refugee Programs, and Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. He served as US Ambassador to South Africa during the momentous election of Nelson Mandela and as the US envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, where he helped to implement the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Ambassador Lyman was the Senior Advisor to the President of US Institute of Peace, the Ralph Bunche Fellow for African Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations, and and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.

 Arrangements are via Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home in Silver Spring, Maryland where for now Arlene Maclin has said, "Princeton was a kind and caring man, who devoted his professional life to the betterment of the lives of many people on the African Continent. He was a dedicated and committed diplomat and all Americans owe him a tremendous debt for his long service to our nation." Rest in peace.


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