Ambassador Princeton Lyman travels to Juba, South Sudan

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 11, 2012

Ambassador Princeton Lyman, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, travels to Juba, South Sudan today for a series of high-level meetings with government officials, members of civil society, and representatives of international organizations working in South Sudan.

Ambassador Lyman’s visit comes at a critical time in the delayed implementation of the historic agreements between Sudan and South Sudan signed on September 27. The Sudanese and South Sudanese people deserve swift and complete implementation of these agreements, as called for by the AU Peace and Security Council in its October 24 communiqué.

Special Envoy Lyman will engage South Sudan on the resolution of outstanding issues, such as the disputed area of Abyei, and the implementation of the crucial agreements, including the creation of the safe demilitarized border zone and the resumption of oil production between the two countries. Special Envoy Lyman will also underscore the United States’ commitment to supporting South Sudan’s economic development and growth as a full-fledged democracy that respects human rights and the rule of law.

Following his visit to South Sudan, Special Envoy Lyman will proceed to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the meeting of the Joint Political and Security Mechanism being convened by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel Chairman Thabo Mbeki.

The White House recently announced that Ambassador Lyman will step down in the new year as U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan after two years of service, notably marked by helping to shepherd the creation of an independent South Sudan. Special Envoy Lyman will serve in his position until the President names a new envoy.

For further information, please contact Erin Rattazzi at, 202-736-7043

Ambassador Princeton Lyman, U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, on Recent Developments in Sudan and South Sudan
Special Briefing
Ambassador Princeton Lyman, U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan
via Teleconference
Washington, DC
April 19, 2012

MR. TONER: Thank you very much, and thanks to everyone for joining us on relatively short notice. We’re very fortunate to have Ambassador Princeton Lyman, who is the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan joining us from Khartoum, where he is carrying out meetings, and I believe has more meetings yet still to come. But he took some time out of his schedule. He’s here to brief on recent developments in Sudan and South Sudan, and read out his recent trip to Juba as well as his meetings in Khartoum.

So without further hesitation or further pause, I’ll just hand it over to Ambassador Lyman.

AMBASSADOR LYMAN: Mark, thank you very much. Thanks to all of you for being on the line. Let me give a quick kind of overview of what’s going on from our point of view and then want to take your questions.

We are, of course, dealing with a very, very serious crisis between Sudan and South Sudan, one in which armed clashes are taking place, and a major event took place a few days ago with the – South Sudan’s occupation of the Heglig area. First of all, it’s important to note that the reaction and position of the international community was quick and absolutely unified, and it wasn’t by coordination. We all just – all saw the situation the same way – that this was an extremely dangerous step by South Sudan and it threatened a much wider conflict. MORE