Rebel Nur Says UN Nears Genocide, UN Silent, Council Visit
October 2, 2010 -- While Darfur rebel group of Abdel Wahid
Nur has threatened to suspend any cooperation with the UN - African
Union Mission UNAMID and the UN Security
Council embarks on a trip to
Darfur, Juba and Khartoum, the UN in New York has no comment.
published leaked documents indicating the imminent
transfer of five rebels from UNAMID to the Sudanese government for
prosecution but ostensibly not execution. UN spokesman Martin
refused to comment on the documents the following day, saying that
negotiations were continuing.
Abdel Wahid Nur told Radio Dabanga that “if UNAMID agrees to a
handover, its task in Darfur will have finished and it will have
turned into an enemy and participant in the genocide with the
National Congress Party... this would bring about an end to the
cooperation between UNAMID and the movement.”
newsworthy, Inner City Press on October
1 while awaiting a visa to
enter Sudan to cover the UN Security Council's trip asked UN
spokesman Martin Nesirky for the UN's response:
Press: in light of those documents that emerged of Mr. Gambari
preparing a letter and terms of, and additional terms to Ali Karti of
Sudan — there has been a statement by Abdul Wahid Mohamed al Nur
saying that if UNAMID agreed to the hand-over, its task in Darfur
will be finished and will have turned into an enemy and participate
in the genocide with the National Congress Party and will bring about
an end to any cooperation between the Abdul Wahid Mohamed al-Nur
faction and UNAMID. So I am just wondering what is, is the UN and
UNAMID aware of this statement, and what do they make of it? Do they
intend to go forward with its handover or do they not take it
Well, I would refer you to what I said, I think it was
earlier this week that this, as we’ve said, also not just earlier
this week, as we’ve, said this is a topic that has been the subject
of intense discussions and those discussions continue and they are
confidential. And I don’t have anything further to say on it.
UNAMID appraoched, imminent turn over of Kalma Five
Press: From those documents, things seem pretty close. I think
that’s what they are, the, the…
Well, Matthew, as I said, this is something that is
confidential and continues. It’s important that it’s done in
Press: But it doesn’t have, you don’t agree I would assume
that if they turn them over it would mean that UNAMID is somehow
complicit in genocide in Darfur. I guess I just want a response to
I mean, I answer all kinds of questions, Matthew, but not
hypothetical? Watch this site.
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by UN Security Council and Press Set for Oct 4, Last Minute NCP
Questions, Did Bashir Say Yes?
October 1, 2010, updated --
The trip next week to Sudan by the UN
Security Council and media including Inner City Press has been
confirmed, with the belated granting of visas by the Sudanese
consulate in New York on Friday afternoon.
some, the trip
is still in limbo. A senior official
of Sudan's ruling National
Congress Party Rabie Abdelati Obeid was quoted Friday afternoon
got to know of this information from the media that the United
Nations Security Council will come to Sudan. But, up to now, I don’t
think our government has received any information to coordinate, or
to do the arrangement required for the U.N Security Council... I
doubt that this U.N. Security Council (team) will be coming without
informing our government. According to protocol, the president should
be aware and should know because he is responsible for each and
everything in the country. That is why I think such (a) visit will
not happen unless this is (first coordinated with the president’s
office) or through the proper channels.”
New York, the Security Council will travel from Uganda to Juba in
South Sudan, west to Darfur, then for meetings in Khartoum.
Apparently not part of the meetings is President Omar al Bashir, who
has been indicted for war crimes and genocide by the International
and UK said they could or would
not meet with Bashir, and they said they were negotiating a mutually
don't tell” is the compromise that has been worked out: the Council
will not ask to meet with Bashir, and he won't ask to meet with them.
But, Inner City Press points out, he could just show up. He is after
all the president of the country.
NCP's Rabie Abdelati
Obeid, Bashir's green light for trip not shown
France had also
expressed opposition to meeting with Bashir, but French Permanent
Representative Araud will not be making the trip. Nor will Russia's
Vitaly Churkin, nor Nigeria's Joy Ogwu.
nevertheless used a
Council meeting on September 30 to ask which journalists had asked to
go, and why the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary General
needed to send anyone at all. Spokesperson Martin Nesirky has been
seen rather desperately speaking Russian with Churkin. It does not
appear that this has solved Nesirky's and his office's expulsion from
York on the evening of Monday, October 4, the Council will first
travel via a UN plane from Nairobi to Uganda and meet with President
The troops he has dispatched to the African Union mission in Somalia
will be discussed, their compensation and whether in light of the
UN's Mapping Report alleging war crimes by the UPDF in the Democratic
Republic of Congo they will be withdrawn.
on to Sudan,
apparently. Outside the Security Council chamber on Friday afternoon,
the Permanent Representative of a Permanent Five member of the
Council said, of course we are going, they have given us the visas
and we have the terms of reference. And
at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Inner City Press received its visa.
So what is the
NCP's Rabie Abdelati Obeid talking
about? Or does this reflect a
split in the NCP, perhaps to reveal itself more while the Council is
Inner City Press is going on the trip. The goal is to file five or
more pieces a day, wireless permitting. Watch this site.
Trip, “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” About Bashir, Darfur Stop
28, 2010 -- If 15 UN Security Council diplomats
travel to a country run by an indicted war criminal but no one can
take pictures of it, did the trip really take place?
question being asked Tuesday at the UN, as details
leaked out to Inner City Press about
the Council's on again, off again and now on again trip to Sudan.
had been whether Sudan would demand that the Council Ambassadors meet
with President Omar al Bashir, indicted by the International Criminal
Court for war crimes and genocide, and secondarily whether the
Council would first visit Khartoum or Juba in South Sudan.
to Inner City Press on Tuesday morning that they had
prevailed on both points. The trip would go to Juba, and in all
probability to Darfur -- Darfur wasn't mentioned in the Council
Tuesday, one participate said -- before going to Khartoum.
won't ask to meet with Bashir, and he won't ask to meet with us,”
one seemingly excited diplomat told Inner City Press about the trip
on Tuesday, adding that Bashir might conveniently be out of the
country, in Libya, he said.
don't tell” trip, Inner City Press has dubbed it.
UN's Ban & Bashir, with some distance: don't ask, don't tell?
been invited to visit Cote d'Ivoire. Inner City Press asked the UN's
envoy to that country K.Y. Choi about this on Tuesday. Choi's
response, strangely, was to repeat that inviter Laurent Gbagbo and
his two main opponents are all committed to a peaceful first round of
elections on October 31.
the approach of the UN Secretariat to questions about war crimes and
impunity: to repeat talking points again and again, even if
unrelated. We'll see.
dysfunctional things have become between the Security
Council and the Office of the Spokesman of the Secretary General,
which has already been barred from the Council consultation meetings
they for years attended and summarized, is exemplified by that the
fact that less than a week before the re-scheduled trip, the Council
has not told the OSSG about any arrangements for press.
past trips --
Inner City Press accompanied the Security Council to Sudan, the
Congo, Rwanda, Cote d'Ivoire and elsewhere in 2008 -- the Council has
let the OSSG invite the press, arrange for visas, and attend.
Apparently not this time. Watch this site.
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Prepares To Hand Over Bashir's Enemies for “Blood
Lee, Exclusive Must Credit
28, 2010 -- In Darfur, the Joint African Union -
UN peacekeeping mission UNAMID is preparing to turn over to the
government of Omar al Bashir five supporters of rebel leader Abdel
Wahid Nur who have been “accused by Sudanese authorities of having
committed crimes,” as shown by UNAMID documents obtained by Inner
two months the
government of Bashir, who has been indicted by the International
Criminal Court for war crimes and genocide, has demanded that UNAMID
and the UN turn over the five, who “sought refuge in the Community
Policing Center of the Kalma Camp for Internally Displaced Persons”
after an outburst of violence in the camp.
imposed a blockade on the camp, not allowing in food or fuel or
medicine, and now seeks to close down the camp.
from UNAMID chief Ibrahim Gambari to Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali
Karti recites that Bashir's government “explained its position of
principle that Sudan has the right to apply the death penalty as such
a penalty is not illegal under international law and is part of
Sudan's criminal code.”
“without prejudice to its position of principle,
the Government has undertaken to work in a co-operative manner with
UNAMID... with a view to bringing the issue to a mutually acceptable
Click here to see
Gambari's letter, as obtained exclusively by Inner City Press.
paragraph of his letter, Gambari “propose[s] that the issue of the
five individuals be brought to a conclusion... on the basis of the additional
terms set forth in the attachment hereto... to ensure that
the five individuals concerned are transferred to the relevant
authorities of the Government.”
what are the
terms under which the UN, Gambari and UNAMID would turn over the five
to Bashir's government?
Click here to see
Gambari's and the UN's Additional Terms, as obtained exclusively by
Inner City Press.
Amazingly to some, under Gambari's
Additional Terms, “blood relatives of the victims of the alleged
crimes will be called upon to exercise their power to waive the death
penalty and seek payment of compensation in the form of 'blood money'
UN's Ban shakes with Bashir, Kalma Five and blood
money not shown
of an incident in Geneina, multiply described to Inner
City Press, in which UNAMID became involved in and even proposed the
payment of “blood money” by IDPs to janjaweed who came into the
camp beating up IDPs and demanding money for a person they said had
Terms of the Government's assurances for the transfer of the five
individuals from the Kalma CPC to the host country authorities”
ends with assurances that “UNAMID's Human Rights Division” could
visit the prisoners, and that Bashir's government will not “undermine
UNAMID's ability to conduct its activities.”
government has restricted the movement of UNAMID peacekeepers and
helicopters, as peacekeepers and civilians as in the Tarabat Market
early this money lay dying. The UN's human rights divisions in Sudan
have been accused by opposition leaders of failing even to come on a
timely basis to examine the body of a slain Darfuri student.
says it tried, but the Government stopped it -- even if true, hardly
a basis for replying on the assurances in the Additional Terms. On
September 27, Inner City Press asked a series of questions to Gambari,
UN Humanitarian Coordinator Georg Charpentier and Under Secretary
General for Field Support Susana Malcorra, click here for
this case of
the five, UNAMID would rely on “the Ajaweed traditional justice”
and, again amazingly, that “the President” -- indicted war
criminal Omar al Bashir -- “has the prerogative of mercy which he
has confirmed he will exercise in the event that the death penalty is
imposed on the accused.”
many, this is a
new low for the UN: accepting the promise of an indicted war criminal
not to kill again as a basis to turn over more of his enemies to him.
Watch this site.
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in Sri Lanka.
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Security Council and Obama and the UN.
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AlertNet piece by this correspondent
about Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army. Click
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Reconciliation Congress, and the UN's $200,000 contribution from an
undefined trust fund. Video
some are available
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