Dreams On of Abyei, No Mention of Darfur or
October 18 -- Sudan, or at least part of Sudan, was the hot
topic when top UN peacekeepers Alain Le Roy and Susana Malcorra met
Monday afternoon with the Non-Aligned Movement Working Group on
the closed door
meeting, Le Roy described contingency plans based on what happens
with the South Sudan referendum. If South Sudan becomes independent
-- by vote or unilaterally, it seems -- the UN plans to reconfigure
in Juba and add “peacebuilding” to its work.
Le Roy said
that the South Sudan and Abyei referendums should both be done on
January 9, Abyei in particular seems off track for that deadline.
unlikely, unity is chosen, the UN will try to keep civil peace. Given
the UN peacekeepers often stay in their base, in the Congo and in
Darfur, while civilians are attacked, it is not clear what the UN
would do in the case of war.
amazed at how
little -- “nothing,” said one -- Le Roy and
Malcorra spoke of the UN - African Union Mission in Darfur, UNAMID.
“This is why Gambari is able to build his empire,” one of the
sources marveled. “Even DPKO doesn't oversee him.”
Le Roy & Malcorra, Abyei referendum,
Darfur & Gambari oversight not shown
Darfur, even from UN Peacekeeping, takes place as violence escalates,
with the village of Soro destroyed and fighting spreading throughout
Roy spoke about
the upcoming election in Cote d'Ivoire, and said that the Mission in
Timor Leste might soon end.
Polisario Front said it was meeting with Le Roy at 12:15 on Monday,
the topic of Western Sahara was another vast emptiness in the UN
Peacekeeping briefings. Whatever happened to the protection of
civilians? Watch this site.
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UN Works With Authorities on Kidnapping, Refuses Kalma
October 18 -- While the UN Security Council and Press were
in Darfur earlier his month, a civilian staff member of the UN -
African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur was kidnapped in El
Fasher. UNAMID spokesman Kemal Saiki and his associate Christ
Cycmanick refused to say the nationality of the victim, or much about
the victim was Hungarian. Finally, giving the name Istvan
peacekeeper called local station Radio Dabanga and complained he had
been unable to reach UNAMID.
on Monday asked UN acting Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq to confirm this
account on Radio Dabanga.
of Radio Dabanga, I wouldn't confirm media accounts,” Haq said. He
went on to in fact deny the account, saying that UNAMID has spoken to
the victim and gotten proof of life, as recently as the day before.
said UNAMID is
working with the government of Sudan to obtain the victim's “safe
and unconditional release.” This is reminiscent of UNAMID's earlier
working with the government of Sudan to obtain the release of the
Russian pilots captured and beaten by government supported janjawiid.
has repeatedly posed questions to Kemal Saiki and Chris Cycmanick,
without receiving any response.
Istvan Papp, per media, UNAMID and answers not shown
UNAMID and the UN have
refused so far to answer include
many people are left in Kalma Camp? Separately, is it being
the status of the Kalma Camp Five? What happened to the sixth?
Long ago I emailed [Ibrahim Gambari] the following, which I now ask
you to answer:
there were initially six suspects in the Kalma Camp and now
there are five, what can you say about the sixth?
five, are they in some sort of custody of or detention by
UNAMID? What would prevent them from fleeing before UNAMID were to
turn them over to the Sudanese authorities?
say more about the situations in which UNAMID would await
permission or word from Sudanese authorities before trying to protect
civilians, including detailing how information about the safety of
going to certain areas is sought from the authorities, on what time
line, etc -- including what safeguards are in or being put in place
to avoid the delay that occurred in response to Tarabat Market.
could Radio Dabanga speak with (and name) the Hungarian hostage,
and you all haven't spoken with him?
a 55-year-old retired lieutenant colonel, also told the radio
station that he suspects there is a local pyramid scheme behind his
kidnapping, adding that several members of the ruling party may be
involved. He said he has been unable to speak with the joint UN and
African Union peacekeeping force that employs him since his
has UNAMID had a Lear Jet? Why did it get it? How was it
procured? Who pays for it now? What other head of UN (affiliated)
peacekeeping mission has a Lear Jet?
you say about, and what has been done about, reports that the IDPs
with whom the Security Council spoke have been interrogated by
Sudanese authorities? See, e.g., http://184.108.40.206/node/4653
all that you know about the reported (by OCHA) destruction
the village of Sora / Soro in the week before the Council's visit,
including whether it was destroyed by aerial attack or ground.
your August 11 responses, below, for now this one follow up:
What data do the UN / UNAMID have on Global Acute Malnutrition?
Why isn't it being collated and released publicly? Please provide
your most recent data for the three Darfur states.
limited amount of malnutrition data for Darfur has been verified,
which will be available in the next 1-2 days. Remaining data is still
in the process of verification and will be released once verification
five days later, none of this information has been provided (contra
"1-2 days"). Can the information now be provided, and an
explanation of its delay also be provided?
later] please confirm that Kalma Camp is being closed, and how UNAMID
can assure that the moves are 'voluntary.'
and days have
passed, since Inner City Press met and conversed with Kemal Saiki and
Chris Cycmanick in UNAMID's El Fasher Supercamp, where Ibrahim
Gambari's “went off” on Inner City Press for exposing his deals
with the Al Bashir government. Now Kemal Saiki and Chris Cycmanick
are ignored and not responded to Inner City Press' written questions
for some days. Watch this site.