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UN to assist in Garang probe

Aug. 22, 2005 at 3:11 PM

, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- UN to assist probe in death of Gurang

The U.N. Mission in Sudan is asked to help investigate the death of John Garang by the Sudanese Government. Garang died in a helicopter crash on July 30th.

UNMIS said Monday it was asked by Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help with the investigation, and will provide transportation and logistical support.

At U.N. World Headquarters in New York, General-Secretary Kofi Anan's Associate Spokesman Farhan Haq said "there is a possibility the International Civil Aviation Service can help out but it will depend on the request from the Government of Sudan whether they get involved."

Garang, a former leader of the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement, died with a dozen aids three weeks after he was appointed Sudan's First Vice President. The crash has been attributed to bad weather conditions or pilot error.

Following Garang's death, violence sparked in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, and in southern Sudan leaving over 130 people dead.

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