Sudan ejects UN envoy over blog

The Sudanese government has ordered UN envoy Jan Pronk to leave the country in 72 hours, after he posted comments about the Sudanese military on his personal blog.

UN envoy Jan Pronk has been ordered to leave Sudan in 72 hours after posting comments about the Sudanesemilitaryon his personal blog.

It is not Pronk's right to comment, Sudan's foreign minister, Sammani al-Wasila, told the BBC on Sunday, when the government told him to leave the country.

"The second thing, the false information he is giving and the interference in matters — he has got nothing to do with it. Enough is enough," al-Wasila said.

On Oct. 14, Pronk wrote on his blog that the Sudanese Armed Forceshad losttwo major battleswith coalitions of rebels near the border with Chad.

"The losses seem to have been very high. Reports speak about hundreds of casualties in each of the two battles, with many wounded and many taken as prisoner," he wrote.

"The morale in the government army in North Darfur has gone down. Some generals have been sacked; soldiers have refused to fight."

Thegovernment-run Sudan News Agency said Pronk has shown "enmity to the Sudanese government and the armed forces."

Apology demanded

TheSudanese army said Thursday that his postingwas "psychological war against the Sudanese army." The military demanded an apology on Friday.

A UN spokeswoman said Pronk's comments were his personal views.

The UN Security Council has voted to send peacekeepers to Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced in fighting between government forces, government-backed militias andvarious rebel groups.

Pronk has been pushing for Sudan to accept a UN force to take over peacekeeping from African Union forces, but President Omar al-Bashir rejected the plan, saying it smacked of colonialism.

With files from the Associated Press