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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ambassador in Sudan: the fourth death of a diplomat in recent months


The Russian Ambassador to Sudan, Milas Shira died at his residence in Khartoum. Many foreign media drew attention to the fact that the death of Shira – the fourth in eight months, when the Russian high-ranking diplomats to walk out of my life.


photo: Gennady Cherkasov

As announced at the briefing for journalists the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, the Russian Ambassador to Sudan, Milas Milanovic Shira died on 23 August in Khartoum. According to the Russian Embassy, the incident happened at about six in the evening local time. “The Russian Ambassador was discovered in his residence with symptoms of acute heart attack. The Embassy staff, who were at this time in the residence, called the doctor. But, unfortunately, to save him failed”.

According to received from the Sudanese capital of information, the diplomat was discovered in the pool at his residence.

It is reported that the Sudanese police are ruling out the possibility of murder as the cause of death of a diplomat. “He was found dead in the swimming pool at his residence,” said AFP spouksmen police Omar al-Mokhtar. – A preliminary investigation shows that the death was from natural causes.”

The death of Ambassador Shira, alas, not the first in the list of our diplomats, who retired in the last months of life. We will remind that on December 20 last year in Ankara was killed by Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov. January 26 this year, died the Ambassador of Russia to India Alexander Kadakin. And on February 20 in new York, has died, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin.

Mergas Ergashovich Shira was 62 years old. In the diplomatic service he had been since 1977 after graduating from MGIMO. In the early nineties he worked as Minister counselor of the Russian Embassy in Yemen, was the Consul General of Russia in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). In 2001-2002 worked as the Deputy permanent representative of Russia to UNESCO, and from December 2002 to December 2006 he was Deputy Director of the Historico-documentary Department of the Ministry of foreign Affairs. In late 2006 he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in Rwanda. And since December 2013 he became Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Sudan. Was married, had two sons.

In the Sudanese Ministry of foreign Affairs in connection with the death of the diplomat said that the “friendly and at the same time professional approach” Shira helped the development of relations between Moscow and Bartomeu: “He spoke with Sudanese of all walks of life and from all regions of the country.”

– I was saddened to learn about the departure of Ambassador Shira, – said head of the Center for the study of North Africa and the horn of Africa, Institute of African studies, Director of the Center for Arab and Islamic studies Oleksandr TKACHENKO. A long time ago, when I worked in one of the Arab countries, Shira began his diplomatic activity. It was “nodding” acquaintance, but I remember him well. We were then young enough…

– What is the role of Sudan in the system of international relations Russia?

– This country is due to a number of circumstances among those States, which over the past decades fairly riveted the attention of the world community. This is one of the largest countries in the Arab world and the African continent. And despite the relatively low level of socio-economic development, due the possession of unique natural resources and special geo-strategic position she occupies a prominent place in the system of international relations. Sudan after independence in 1956 was going through a difficult period in its history. Between the USSR and the Sudan was the multilateral relations and prospects of their development were quite impressive under certain criteria. But, unfortunately, not all was as it seemed during the period of Sudan’s independence. For example, in 1971 an attempt was made to overthrow President Nimeiri ended the bloody drama. In the coup were charged with former leaders of the Communist party and trade Union leaders – and executed. Relations between the Soviet Union and the Sudan was broken. But after quite a long cooling time they received a new impetus to restore what was before. In 2000-e years, this trend continued. I note that the exchange rate of Sudan like many developing countries in Africa after the cold war does not quite fit into the guidelines issued by the world community. The history of Sudan in the 2000s were rife with conflicts – for example, between the Muslim North and generally speaking Christian South (this long war ended with the proclamation of independence of southern Sudan, but challenges remain) or in Darfur or other areas. In these extremely difficult conditions in the Sudan had demonstrated a desire to develop relations with Russia, including economic and trade. The trade turnover between our countries is small, there is an international embargo on arms supplies to Sudan. In short, the role of the Sudan to date in the foreign economic relations of Russia, to put it mildly, is small, although Khartoum and Moscow make every effort to establish normal trade relations, they supported the exchange of delegations. Ongoing cultural exchange, humanitarian contacts. Of course, Russia has a negative attitude to the armed conflicts in the region and makes its contribution in providing humanitarian assistance to the Sudan.

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