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Sudanese presidential assistant to lead delegation to Copenhagen

December 14, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese presidential assistant Nafi Ali Nafi will lead a delegation to the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen (COP15), the state agency reported today.

Sudanese presidential assistant Nafi Ali Nafi (AP)

Sources told Sudan Tribune that Khartoum initially planned to dispatch 2nd Vice president Ali Osman Taha and later it was reported that the environment minister Babiker Nahar will go instead.

Sudan is currently the chairman of the G77-China bloc, made up of 130 nations and leading calls for more funds from Western nations and commitments to emission cuts beyond 2012 under the Kyoto Protocol.

More than 110 world leaders will be in Copenhagen this week to attend a summit to try to clinch a historical deal making it one of the most high profile conferences ever.

The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir was invited but is staying away in light of the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for him making him vulnerable for arrest in Denmark.

However, the Sudanese ambassador to the UN Abdel-Mahmood Abdel-Haleem said in two separate interviews with the BBC and CNN that Bashir’s decision to skip the summit is in retaliation for Danish cartoons depictions of the prophet Mohamed that caused global Muslim outrage three years ago.

Nafi will be accompanied by Nahar, Al-Tigani Fideil who is the international cooperation minister and agriculture and forestry minister Abdel-Haleem Al-Mutaa’fi.