Disarmament Irregularities Freeze UN Program in Referendum Run Up
December 29 -- Mismanagement and corruption in the UN
system, hardly rare, sometimes comes to light at a particularly bad
time. Such is the case in Sudan with irrregularity in the disarmament
programs run by the UN Development Program.
than a month
before the Southern Sudan secession referendum which many predict may
give rise to a renewed civil war, UNDP confirmed in response to
from Inner City Press that it has suspended seeking funding
for its disarmament programs.
is the answer
provided to Inner City Press by the UN's Spokesman's Office:
Spokesperson unspokesperson-donotreply [at] un.org
Answers to your questions
To: Inner City Press
Date: Wed, Dec
29, 2010 at 7:42 PM
provide the UN system's response..
at UNDP provided the following: “The UN’s DDR
programme in South Sudan is facing challenges. The UN’s team in
Sudan was concerned that the total number of former combatants, and
women associated with the armed forces, that have been reintegrated
has been low. That is why we commissioned an independent review and
why an internal audit is currently on going. UNDP management expects
that the review will enable us to improve the focus of the programme,
assess the objective conditions for its implementation and take a
critical look at the project and local capacities on the ground. It
will also help us in terms of the redesign of the programme and only
then will we seek future funding.
take audits and evaluations very seriously so as to improve our
performance on the ground. The issues you highlight in your questions
are being critically examined. Once the review has been thoroughly
studied and the audit completed, it is vital that corrective measures
be taken rapidly and in consultation with all parties involved.
In Southern Sudan, registration, disarmament not shown
overall political context under which this programme operates is the
Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). As you know, some of the
planning assumptions in the CPA have not yet materialized on the
ground, increasing the complexities and challenges of implementing
broadly, this programme is operating in a state that is recovering
from a long civil war. That has a very significant impact on the
results of reintegration --whether it is the abject poverty in many
rural areas, the lack of opportunities or the almost non-existent
being said we owe it to the people of South Sudan and our donors to
make this programme as successful as possible despite all of the
difficulties. We are always looking for ways to improve it and make
the intra-UN cooperation more effective.”
investigation and suspension of requests for more funding is all to
rare in the UN system in response to unveiled irregularities, it
comes at a very bad time. Some call it inexcusable. Watch this site.
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As UN Tells NGOs of Polling Delay, No Result to Feb 2, No
December 29 -- While the UN had said that the Southern Sudan
referendum slated for January 9 is a major priority, the UN has
stopped answering media questions about it.
UN Department of
Political Affairs told non-governmental organizations that it expects
the polling to be delayed or extended, Inner City Press is informed,
and that results will not be available until at least February 2.
the UN system is embroiled in a corruption inquiry in Sudan,
about which the UN in New York has not answered questions. Inner City
Press has formally asked Ban Ki-moon's top two spokespeople about
confidential UN report as disclosing that some 50 UN experts working
for the DDR program in south Sudan had received exorbitant salaries
of 14 million US dollars... some UN experts had received salaries of
fake names that do not exist in the UN payroll... The official in
charge of coordinating the DDR program with the UN in Sudan, Osman
Nuri, on Tuesday claimed that the UN had only released 39.967.380 out
of 105.068.169 US dollars provided by the donors for the DDR
program...Nuri, further recounted that the official in charge of
coordinating the DDR program in south Sudan, William Deng, has
noticed that enormous amounts of money were being spent outside the
purview of the program. Nuri said that these two facts made the
government suspicious that the UN was abusing donors’ fund.”
December 23, UN
acting Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said that he was canceling the
regular noon briefings, but that top spokesman Martin Nesirky would
answer questions. But throughout this week, Nesirky and Haq have
provided no answers at all to Inner City Press' questions about Sudan
and other UN topics formally submitted to them.
UN's Ban and Sudan's Bashir, OSSG answers not shown
after Inner City Press asked for an explanation, Nesirky replied that
answers would be provided that day. But at close of business at 4:50 pm
December 29, no answers at all have been provided. Watch this site.
Update of 7:45 pm --
at least one Sudan answer has now been provided, here.
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UN, Defense of Gambari, Withholding
of Massacre Reports
has been working very hard
with the Sudanese government,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
told the Press on Friday of his envoy in Darfur.
UN peacekeepers under Ibrahim Gambari's UNAMID
command did not leave their base when dozens of civilians were
murdered in Tabarat in September, and whether Ban would at least make
UNAMID's report on the killings public.
“We will have
see,” Ban answered. But UNAMID has answered requests for copies of
the report by saying it is up to the Secretary General.
of year press conference, run by acting Deputy Spokesman
Farhan Haq, there had been no questions or answers about Sudan, where
the UN has two $1 billion peacekeeping operations. After a protest,
Haq allowed the Sudan question from Inner City Press:
of your priorities. As the year ends, the
government of Omar al Bashir is attacking the one rebel group it
supposed made peace with, the Minni Minawi group, UNAMID has no
access to Jebel Marra and ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo says that
UNAMID doesn't report attacks on civilians because it is threatened
by the government. You summoned Ibrahim Gambari to meet you... about
the massacres in Tabarat, after the UN peackeeepers didn't even leave
their base in Tawila to do to the site. Even the report on these
Tabarat killings is being withheld. What will you do differently in
question, Ban responded largely about the Southern Sudan referendum.
He said, “The situation in Sudan will be one of the top concerns of
international community starting January 9... There are sticking
issues, to establish a commission in Abyei.” Video here,
saying that “the security situation in
Darfur a serious concern. The recent bombing by the Sudanese
government of the north and south boundary of southern sudan... [We
are] making demarches that
the Sudanese government should be
cooperative. This afternooon I meet the Minister for Peace and the
CPA for Southern Sudan to discuss this matter.”
Doha process, Ban answered that the “peace negotiation has not been
progressing well. Except that government of Sudan and the Liberation
and Justice Movement LJM have agreed to a negotiation text. That can
be done, but without participation of all other rebel movements --
JEM, SLA and Abdel Wahid -- without their participation this
negotiation will not be sustainable. Joint mediator Bassole is
asserting his best efforts.”
“Mister Gambari has been working very
hard with the Sudanese government... to have freedom of movement of
for example tried to go to the Tabarat or
Tabra site but were stopped by the government. But internal UN
communications obtained by Inner City Press show that the UN
Peacekeepers told relatives of those being killed and injured that
they had come to late, to come back in the morning.
UN's Ban & Gambari, report on Tabarat massacre not shown
the report on
the incident is being withheld, with UNAMID saying it is up to the
Secretary General, who when asked would not released, instead
speaking of “consultations.”
report on Sri Lanka war crimes inquiries by Ban's
three person Panel of Experts will be made public. Ban did not answer
this either. Watch this site.
UN press corp about how
acting Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq ran the press conference, and
about lack of question and answer opportunities with Ban Ki-moon
throughout 2010. Ban said he will make an announcement in early 2011
about seeking a second term as S-G. We'll see.
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