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Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin (born 1950) is a high-ranking official in the Sudan People's Liberation Army. He has served as foreign minister of Sudan since September 2005, when a national unity government took office in which the SPLM/A received the foreign affairs ministry and several other key ministries in the government.
Formerly a chemical engineering lecturer at the University of Khartoum, with a Ph.D. from the University of London, Dr. Lam Akol joined the SPLM/A in 1986 after splitting from the government. Of Shilluk origin, he again broke away from the same government on October 24, accusing it of being "responsible for the political situation in the country," and for prohibiting him from visiting his forces in the Upper Nile state in southern Sudan.
Dr Lam Akol spearheaded Sudan's proposal for a creation of an African Cultural and Scientific Organisation under the umbrella of the African Union at the last African Union Conference in Khartoum in January of 2006.
On 16 September 2006 he made a complaint about an newspaper article dated 14 September 2006, issue No. 1004, page 4, entitled - Lam Akol fails in mission to USA - which claimed that foreign minister, state minister for foreign affairs and the director of information and public relations are mouthpieces and perpetrators of genocide as well as Islamic extremists etc. He called the article a blatant deviation from the laws and rules of news coverage, and also a violation of press covenant of honour by using offensive language against the leaders of the foreign ministry and its staff. Editor-in-chief of the article was Alfred Taban.