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Kerry: No role for Assad in Syria's transition government

ROME, May 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he sees no role for Syrian President Bashar Assad in a transition government trying to lead Syria out of civil war.

Challenges remain for Somalia

LONDON, May 10 (UPI) -- The Somali government needs help expanding its authority beyond Mogadishu, U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said.

U.N. debates strengthen interaction between itself, G20

UNITED NATIONS, April 15 (UPI) -- The U.N. General Assembly conducted a debate Monday with the Group of 20 major economies to strengthen interaction between the two groups.

China downplays influence over North Korea

BEIJING, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- China cautioned against overstating the amount of influence it has over the North Korean government, a U.N. official said.

Mali reluctant to accept U.N. peacekeepers

NEW YORK, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The government of Mali is reluctant to accept the deployment of a U.N. peacekeeping force, a senior U.N. official says.

Sweden to honor Wallenberg

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Sweden introduced an official memorial day, Aug. 27, to honor diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, whose actions in World War II saved 100,000 people from the Holocaust.

U.N. reaches out to African Union

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 16 (UPI) -- Bilateral coordination between the African Union and the United Nations could help address critical issues in Africa, a top U.N. official said.

Eritrea leader urged to release reporter

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, March 29 (UPI) -- Swedish Foreign Minister Jan Eliasson says he met twice with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in an effort to free jailed journalist Dawit Isaak.

U.N., AU name Darfur mediator

UNITED NATIONS, July 1 (UPI) -- The United Nations and the African Union have selected a mediator to bring together warring sides and end the violent conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan.

U.N., AU hold new talks on Darfur

KHARTOUM, Sudan, April 21 (UPI) -- The United Nations and the African Union have been meeting with Sudanese government officials and rebel leaders in an effort to forge a peace deal.

U.N., AU envoys talk with former rebels

JUBA, Sudan, April 10 (UPI) -- U.N. and African Union envoys took their mission to resolve the Darfur conflict to Juba Thursday for talks with former Sudanese rebels, a U.N. spokeswoman said.

Darfur peace may be possible after talks

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- U.N. and African Union officials say peace in Darfur may be possible after meetings with the Sudan government and rebel groups.

U.N., A.U. officials meet with rebel SLA

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Top U.N. and African Union officials met with commanders of the rebel Sudan Liberation Army seeking to end the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region.

Veteran U.N. envoy: Darfur's the worst

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The United Nations' veteran peace negotiator for the embattled Darfur region of Sudan says it's the thorniest conflict he's dealt with in his 25-year career.

U.N. official: Darfur a 'ticking bomb'

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The United Nations' special envoy to Sudan's embattled Darfur region said in Khartoum land-grabbing has created a "a ticking bomb."
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Jan Kenneth Glenn Eliasson (born 17 September 1940) is a Swedish diplomat and Social Democratic politician. He was President of the United Nations General Assembly from 2005 to 2006 and Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs from 24 April 2006 to 6 October 2006. He is currently the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Darfur, Sudan.

Jan Eliasson was born in a working-class family in Gothenburg. He was an AFS exchange student in Indiana, United States, from 1957 to 1958 and graduated from the Swedish Naval Academy in 1962. In 1965 he earned a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Gothenburg's School of Business, Economics and Law. He also holds honorary degrees from American University (1994), Gothenburg University (2001) and Uppsala University (2005).

Eliasson has authored and co-authored numerous books and articles and is a frequent lecturer on foreign policy and diplomacy. Since 1988 he has been a visiting lecturer on mediation, conflict resolution and U.N. reform at Uppsala University.

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