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[RED DEMOCRATICA] UN criticizes Sudan for expulsion of 2 officials


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UN criticizes Sudan for expulsion of 2 officials
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday indicated opposition to Sudan's expulsion of two UN officials. Sudan has asked Ali Al-Za'tari, the resident coordinator of the UN Development Programme, and Yvonne Helle, UNDP's country director, to leave the country. No reason was given for the expulsion. Voice of America (12/25), Reuters (12/26)
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