on August Agenda of UN Council, Russia Against Larger
Investigations But Has "Clear Picture of Bizarre Incident"
August 4 -- Despite increased violence in Darfur and the
stalling of talks in South Sudan about the referendum, the UN
Security Council in August does not have a single Sudan item on its
on August 3 asked this month's Council president Vitaly Churkin of
Russia how had been responsible for the hostage taking of the Russian
pilot in Darfur. Video here,
from Minute 20:32.
Russian now has a “clear picture of this rather bizarre episode.”
But he declined twice to say if government aligned Janjaweed had been
responsible. “The Sudanese authorities did what they could,” he
said. Informed sources say that Janjaweed did it in order to revive
or increase payments from the Sudanese government.
the July 30 Security Council meeting on the killings in the Kalma
camp, Inner City Press asked Churkin about what other Council members
revealed, that Russia along with China opposed France's request for
Churkin began, You
are not accurate in your assertion, he then said that there is a
danger of the UN turning into an investigative body, with “new
panels springing up.” The reference, it seemed, was to the UN's
advisory panel of experts on war crimes in Sri Lanka, which Russia
In Nyala, Gambari and copter, Russian pilot and
"bizarre episode" not shown
though, and the U.S., Russia has a special envoy to Sudan, Mr.
Margelov, who was quoted blaming the pilot taking on the Janjaweed.
killings in the Kalma camp a “relatively minor incident,” Churkin
said Russia had accepted a UNAMID investigation, just not a “larger
investigation.” We'll see -- top UN peacekeeper Alain Le Roy is
slated to brief the Press later today.
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Violence, Nur's Role as Unclear as US Stance on Doha, Sudan Says
Camp Is Under UN Control, Lobbies
30, updated -- Darfur camp violence was
taken up by the UN
Security Council on Friday afternoon. According to UN sources,
the Liberation and Justice Movement group which is negotiating with
Khartoum were targeted by members of the Abdel Wahid Nur faction,
which is not.
States called for the consultations, it is not clear if the US stands
with the UN and its Darfur envoy Ibrahim Gambari in saying that the
solution to Darfur is to be found in Doha across the table from Omar
al Bashir's negotiators.
Bernard Kouchner loudly announced that Paris based Abdel
Wahid Nur would be joining the Doha process. Nearly immediately,
Abdel Wahid Nur qualified this with the conditions previously listed,
including safety in Darfur.
asked Ibrahim Gambari on July 27 about Abdel Wahid Nur's
participation. Gambari said no, and characterized the conditions,
including safety, as something you get at the END of negotiations,
not as a precondition. One can see this as either realism or a too
cavalier attitude to the protection of civilians, especially for one
in charge of a peacekeeping mission with such a mandate.
More Kalma from the past, Gambari not shown
on his way at 4 pm into the Council's suite where he
would not be allowed into consultations, said that Gambari had told
him at 2:30 that he would be placing some calls to get information,
and would himself be giving the briefing at 4. But at that time, he
was spotted by an Inner City Press source strolling the streets
outside the UN, dress in white national dress.
on June 27 that he has gone to Paris twice to meet Abdel Wahid Nur.
Three days later, he is still in New York, but not in the
consultations room. Briefing was Alain Le Roy of Peacekeeping, joined
at 4:40 by Lynn Pascoe of Political Affairs.
referendum Eminent persons monitoring group the UN is moving to set
up, which Inner City Press exclusively reported earlier today, would
be staffed by Pascoe's Department of Political Affairs and not the UN
peacekeeping mission run by Haile Menkerios. Whether Pascoe's arrival
at the Council was about this, or the Doha process implications of
the attacks in the Darfur IDP camps is not yet known. Watch this
-- Sudan's charge d'affaires was lobbying in the hall outside
the Council. “We cannot live with a paragraph about inspecting the
Kalma camp... the camp is under the control of UNAMID...” Then,
after fumbling with their passes, they went into the Council's suite.
Coming out were the outgoing Nigerian presidency's plants and bean
bag chairs with Islamic script. Coming in -- Russia's set up, for
p.m. -- there will be a press statement. Unclear if it will
include the paragraph about inspecting or investigating in Kalma
camp, which Sudan is opposing.
p.m. -- while UN TV had been told the press statement would
be ready and read by now, the Council has gone into recess. Inner
City Press is told by Council source that France has proposed the UN
send an investigation team to Kalma camp. China and Russia have
opposed it, as does Sudan. Developing.
p.m. -- Here's what happened: France “aggressively” asked
for an investigation, setting of “red lights” among some other
delegations. But wait - the US asked the meeting, but France made the
proposal. Why? Le Roy pointed the finger at the Abdel Wahid Nur
group, but France says they've spoken to him and he denies it. THAT's
why France wants the investigation. You heard it here first....