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On US Draft, Sudan Proposes 4 Changes, Deletion of Sanctions Threat, More Time

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, April 27 -- As the UN Security Council met Friday morning to negotiate around a draft resolution about Sudan and South Sudan circulated the day before by US Ambassador Susan Rice, a Sudanese diplomat came down to the Council to hand Council members a list of amendments proposed by Sudan's Ambassador Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman.

 Inner City Press obtained the letter, and put it online here.

  The letter begins:

Excellency, With reference to the draft Resolution circulated by the United States Mission to the United Nations, yesterday, on Sudan and South Sudan, I would highly appreciate if you would kindly consider the following initial observations of the Government of Sudan when discussing the draft resolution.

Then follow the proposed changes, three specific and one general. The general one asks for time:

"The time frames and bench marks addressed to both parties are very short and not practical; therefore there is a need to extend those time frames."

Two of the three specific proposed changes would change "decided" to "calls on" --

Regarding operative paragraph 4, we request that the word "decides that Sudan shall accept the tripartite proposal" be changed to "calls on Sudan to accept the tripartite proposal"

Regarding operative paragraph 3, we will appreciate changing the wording of "decides that the Government of Sudan and the SPLM-North" be replaced by "calls on the Government of Sudan and the SPLM-North"

Operative paragraph 9 to be deleted

This is the most serious proposed change. In Operative Paragraph 9 the proposed the Council

"9. Expresses its intention to review compliance by Sudan and South Sudan with the decisions contained in this resolution, and expresses its determination, in the event that one or both of the parties have not complied, to take appropriate additional measures under Article 41 of the Charter."

This is the threat of sanctions for non-compliance, and Sudan wants it "deleted." Will this happen? Watch this site.

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