Gives Sudan & Iran Sanctions to Colombia, Somalia to
December 22 -- Committee assignments for 2011 have been
confidentially circulated by the UN Security Council's Permanent Five
reported by Inner City Press, in the fight between Portugal and
Bosnia to head the Working Methods group, Bosnia has won.
sanctions will be chaired by Colombia. Cote d'Ivoire, the Democratic
Republic of the Congo and Timor Leste will be headed by Brazil. A
member which in 2010 had no committees, Gabon, will lead on Lebanon;
Lebanon will lead on Liberia.
reported by Inner City Press, Nigeria will chair Peacekeeping, and on
Iraq. Germany will lead on Afghanistan, Al Qaeda and Taliban
sanctions and Children and Armed Conflict.
UN's Ban and Bashir of Sudan, sanctions not shown
chair Conflict Prevention in Africa and on Resolution 1540. India
will lead Somalia sanctions, the CTC and the 1566 Working Group.
lead on Tribunals as well as North Korea sanctions. Inner City Press
is told that to stand down on its desire to lead on Working Methods,
Portugal has been promised the chair next year. We'll see.
described assignments, after a delay occasioned mostly by the Working
Methods fights between Portugal and Bosnia, have been circulated by the
Permanent Five members and are viewed as final.
All of these
assignments are made by the P-5 members, with little input or
transparency. Will things change in 2011? Watch this site.
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Nigeria Gets Peacekeeping, Portugal 1718 But Not Working
Russell Lee, Exclusive
December 22 -- In UN Security Council committee assignments,
Nigeria is getting Peackeeping, and Portugal will head the North
Korea Sanctions 1718 committee.
out for the Working Methods Committee by Bosnia, in a fight first
covered by Inner City Press, but has been told it
can have that committee next year. This may also be the case with
Peacekeeping and India.
Al Qaeda and
Taliban 1267 Committee will pass from Austria to Germany. India will
get Somalia Sanctions, being turned over by Mexican Ambassador Claude
Heller, who is slated to hold a press conference on Thursday, along
with Uganda's Ambassador Rugunda. Watch this site.
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P-5 Favorite Bosnia to Chair Reform Group,
Dec 20 -- The UN Security
Council's handing out of
chairmanships of its subsidiary bodies is stalled, Inner City Press
has learned, by the Permanent Five members' attempts to give the
Informal Working Group on Documentation and Procedure to Bosnia,
rather than Portugal which wants it.
Council, beating out Canada, on a platform that included
increasing the pace of Security Council reform and transparency. But
their request to chair the Working Group on this subject is being
opposed. The Permanent Five members -- the US and Russia more
vehemently, Inner City Press is informed -- are proposing Bosnia, and
a slower pace of reform.
delayed the announcement of other Committee and Working Group chairs,
including Germany over terrorism alongside South Africa for
Resolution 1540 (which outgoing Mexico is giving up), and on Africa.
Documentation and Procedure, outgoing Council member Thomas
Mayr-Harting of Austria on Friday morning praised the reform of the
“informal interactive dialogues” of the kind held on Sri Lanka,
Chad and the Cheonan incident between the Koreas.
noted that under
current rules, while Switzerland for example chairs the Peacebuilding
group on Burundi, they cannot come in to closed door consultations.
Therefore all talk in out in the open, unlike for example on Guinea
Bissau, on which current Council member Brazil takes the lead.
Portugal Perm Rep & DSG Migiro, reform in play
members chair a committee or working group. Gabon, for example, does
not have one. “I have a small staff,” the country's Permanent
Representative told Inner City Press. He has confirmed dressing down
ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo for his talk of genocide in his
last appearance. And so it goes at the UN.
Update of Dec. 20 --
the battling continues. Inner City Press questions to the principals
about who is getting the chair of the Working Group on Working Methods
are met with smiles and eye rolling. Now it's said the announcement
will be in early January. Watch this site.
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It Bombed, Council Largely Ignores
continued in Darfur
on Thursday, as
the UN Security Council met about Sudan, mostly South Sudan. The
Council issued a press statement about the secession referendum
scheduled for January 9, including condemning Khartoum's bombings in
Western Bahr al Gazal State.
asked the Sudanese State Minister of
Humanitarian Affairs Mutrif Siddiq about the bombings, and his
government's fighting with the Minni Minawai faction. It's not with
the whole faction, he quickly said, naming a subcommander who he said
tried to “collect taxes after the harvest.” Video here.
remains that Minni Minawi, the sole Darfur rebel to sign a deal with
Khartoum, has walked away from it. So what does the "Doha process" with
the LJM really mean?
Sudanese minister Mutrif Siddiq would
only concede that it was under investigation, as if the investigation
weren't finished. Inner City Press later asked Council president
Susan Rice about this.
"you heard Under-Secretary- General LeRoy in the Council speak very
plainly to that as he also did in consultations."
Pagan Amum, Secretary General of the Sudan
People’s Liberation Movement came to the stakeout. Inner City Press
asked about the bombing and Pagan Amum said it had already been
condemned. He called for a peace agreement in Darfur. This seems a long
Press asked about comments attributed to Benjamin Mkapa that “some
Southerns” were intimidating other Southerns in the North to not
register to vote in the referendum.
instead it was the National Congress Party which
threatened Southerns with harassment if they voted for secession.
SPLM's Pagan Amum w/ Alain Le Roy,
registration of Southerners in North not shown
who he blamed for the low registration in the
North. He said that it was understandable if Southerners who have
lived in the North for years didn't register. Video here.
gave a press conference
on Thursday as well. Inner City Press, along with questions about
Sudanese refugees returned from Israel and elsewhere, asked about
IOM's role in the Sudan referendum. It's in their law, was the
answer. IOM was asked to run the process in North Sudan but declined.
choose the sites in the eight diaspora
countries. But are they observing for fairness? Watch this site.