Diplomat Without Borders

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Bernard Kouchner with Condoleezza Rice at a summit meeting on Darfur — a crisis that he has characteristically made a top priority as Foreign Minister

The temperature is nearing 47 degrees C in Khartoum as a motorcade roars along the bank of the White Nile, sirens wailing. It halts at the city's conference hall. A short, slightly built man bounds out of a dark-tinted limousine and up the steps, heading to a tête-à-tête with Sudan's President, Lieut. General Omar Hassan al-Bashir. To the crowd of Sudanese gawking outside, the visitor needs no introduction. Bernard Kouchner is back on familiar turf.

More than three decades have passed since Kouchner first railed to the world about the human costs of conflict in Africa....

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