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As Sudan Flies Militia to Blue Nile from Darfur, Ladsous to Brief, UNanswered

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 25 -- Amid reports that Sudan is flying janjawiid militia from Darfur, where the UN has a billion dollar peacekeeping mission, to Blue Nile State where the UN closed down its Sudan mission on July 9, it was said that Darfur mission chief Ibrahim Gambari would brief the Security Council on October 25. The Nigerian presidency of the Council said it would be Gambari, as did at least one European Council member.

  But at the UN's October 25 noon briefing it was announced that Department of Peacekeeping Operation chief Herve Ladsous would do the briefing. Ladous is the fourth Frenchman in a row to head DPKO. Unlike his predecessor Alain Le Roy, he has not come to the Security Council stakeout to answer questions.

  In fact, in his single press conference to date, he declined to explain his role as chief of staff to former French foreign affairs minister Michele Aliot-Marie in her flying on private planes of cronies of Tunisian dictator Ben Ali, nor his statements on Haiti and Rwanda.

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Ban and Ladsous, answers on Darfur not shown

  On October 24, Inner City Press asked Ban Ki-moon's spokesman a question about Darfur:

Inner City Press; on Sudan. The SPLM-North is saying that Janjaweed fighters are being flown by the Government of Sudan from Darfur, specifically from Nyala and Aljenina, into Blue Nile State to actually fight there. And so I wondered, I understand that United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) is no longer on the ground or has some logistical [liquidation mission], but since these will be flights from Darfur, where the UN does have a big peacekeeping mission, can the UN verify this? is ittrue, is it not true? If it were happening, would it be problematic and what would the UN say or do about it?

Spokesperson: Let me ask my peacekeeping colleagues, okay?

More than 24 hour later, there was been no answer. Ladsous should be expected to answer. Will he? Watch this site.

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