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In Darfur, UN Day Late & Euro Short Under Ladsous, Chad Attack Not Confirmed

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 22 -- The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations under Herve Ladsous, the fourth Frenchman in a row to hold the post, is almost always a day late, and a dollar (or Euro) short.

  Back on Friday, May 17, Inner City Press asked the UN:

Inner City Press: I have some questions about Syria, but I want to be sure to get one in about Darfur before turning to that. The JEM [Justice and Equality Movement] rebels there say that Chadian troops have crossed the border into Sudan and also that the Chadian air force had bombed their positions inside Darfur. Is that something that UNAMID either can confirm or is trying to confirm?

Deputy Spokesperson Del Buey: Iíll have to check with the mission.

Fully five days later -- despite Del Buey telling Inner City Press this is not the era of letters traveling by boats, that Ban Ki-moon can remain in charge of and responsible for the UN as he travels through the Democratic Republic of Congo and press crackdowns in Uganda -- this was provided and is published here in full on the day of receipt:

Subject: Regarding your question on Sudan
From: UN Spokesperson - Do Not Reply [at] un.org
Date: Wed, May 22, 2013 at 5:50 PM
To: Matthew.Lee [at] innercitypress.com

In response to your recent question on reports of the Chadian air force bombing positions inside Darfur and on whether Chadian troops have crossed into Sudan:

On 18 May, a patrol from the joint African Union-United Nations mission conducted an assessment mission to Bamina, North Darfur, where an attack on Justice and Equality Movement-Sudan members took place. No military or armed elements were observed in the area.

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