Gration Skips El Fasher Summit, US Won't Explain, UN Won't
July 10 -- Why did the U.S. envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration,
not attend last weekend's El Fasher summit on Darfur including
Gration's Chinese, Russian and EU counterparts? Inner City Press has
asked the U.S. Mission to the UN, including Ambassador Susan Rice as
she walked into the Security Council. But the question has not been
Rice aide told
Inner City Press to ask Gration's spokesperson, Marie Nelson, that
she would be waiting for the call. But despite three calls to Ms.
Nelson, including a request for answer by voice mail or e-mail, no
answer has been received. Nor did a re-request to the U.S. Mission
get any answer, except the vague statement that Gration's reason is
simpler than it was assumed Inner City Press would speculate.
reports have linked Gration's non attendance to his disagreements
with the UN's Ibrahim Gambari. It is not that at this point Gration
appears any more committed to justice in Darfur than is Mr. Gambari.
It's a turf war, pure and simple.
July 7, Inner
City Press told and asked the UN Mission to the UN:
Marie Nelson before and after the noon briefing (where I asked
some other Sudan questions, including about crackdowns on free press
and the youth group Girifna). I'm sending you the "Final
Communiqué from JSR Retreat for the Special Envoys to the Sudan"
and an article speculating about Gration's absence. They say Gration
had agreed to the time and place - true? I'd like an on the record
explanation of Gration's non attendance, etc.
days later, as
of this writing, nothing. Watch this site.
Envoys in El Fasher, Gration not shown, explanation not given
noon briefing, Inner City Press asked
Press: On this meeting that you gave a readout of, of Mr.
Gambari, you said that various Member States went, but many people
picked up on the fact that Scott Gration of the US, neither the UK
nor French envoys went. Essentially it was Russian, Chinese envoys;
you can give me, if there is a longer list, give it to me. Did Mr.
Gambari invite the Western envoys on the Darfur issue, and what does
the UN make of their failure to attend and participate?
Haq: Well, first off, the full text of the communiqué
is available in the Spokesperson’s office. So, you can get a clear
view of the parties and the discussions there. It’s, I think, a
two-page readout. I don’t know the reasons for attendance or
non-attendance of some of these.
July 7 Inner City Press asked:
Press: hree newspapers have been closed in Khartoum, and youth,
with this Girifna, have been arrested by the Government, all for
purportedly supporting separation or the referendum for the south to
break away. Does the UN, I heard your statement of Mr. Bassolé,
what does either Mr. [Haile] Menkerios or the UN say about the
north-south issue? And it’s related to that or not related to
that, are reports that recent killings in Abyei are intended to drive
the Dinka people out so that the vote would go Khartoum’s way. Is
there any, what’s the UN doing on the north-south front rather than
the Darfur front?
Haq: Well, certainly the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) is
working very clearly with all the parties trying to ensure calm on
the north-south front. I don’t have anything in particular to say
about the situation in Abyei right now. As for the crackdown on the
press, these allegations we’ll check first and foremost with our
Human Rights and UNESCO [United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization] colleagues whether they have anything to say
that, too. Watch this site.
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Questionable Role Paying Pro-Bashir Rebel UNaddressed in
14 -- When Ban Ki-moon was named UN Secretary General
by, in essence, the United States and China, he declared Darfur one
of his top priorities. What has happened since?
rebel group the Justice and Equality Movement is out of the
"final" peace process in Doha. It has been replaced by a
formation led by former UN staff member Al Tijani Al Sissi Ateem, who
drew UN pay while a self proclaimed pro government rebel leader.
which exposed the double dipping or double service asked Mr. Ban if
this did not violate UN rules and undermine the UN's credibility or
at least impartiality. I'm not sure what you mean, Mr. Ban replied.
June 14, Ban's
two envoys to Sudan, Ibrahim Gambari and Haile Menkerios, came to
brief the Security Council. Ban had sent both to attend the
celebratory inauguration of Omar al Bashir, indicted for war crimes
by the International Criminal Court. Asked if this didn't promote
impunity, Ban said that their attendance was somehow necessary for
them to carry out their work.
envoys were joint UN - African Union negotiator Djibril Bassole, who
recruited Al Tijani Al Sissi Ateem from his post at the UN Economic
Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa to come as a sudden rebel leader
to Doha, all the while paid by the UN.
UN in Darfur, in the weed, payments to Astro-Turf
rebel not shown
The UN has referred all
questions about this to ECA in Addis Ababa, which claims not to have
known of his service of Bassole in Doha. The UN has refused to say
who speaks for Bassole.
out on June 14. A Council member's spokesperson said what's expected
from the meeting are mere "elements to the press" -- less
than a Presidential Statement, not even a formal press statement. To
this has Darfur fallen in today's UN.
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Bash for Bashir, Sudan Dip Says Needs No Outsiders
-- With international justice being called for in
Kampala and about Gaza, Inner City Press on Memorial Day asked
Sudan's Ambassador to the UN which
junior US diplomat attended the
inauguration of Omar al Bashir, indicted by the International
Criminal Court for Darfur, and what it meant.
am not that
interested in that," Sudan's Permanent Representative said. "The
Sudanese people celebrated, not waiting on any outsiders to come and
give us legitimacy." Video here, from Minute 2:02.
camera, he has
bragged to the Press that "China sent a high level delegation...
the U.S., however, has given rise to sharp critiques of the Obama
administration and its envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration. The US
Permanent Representative to the UN Susan Rice was not present for
Monday's emergency Security Council meeting about the assault on the
flotilla to Gaza, and so could not be asked.
away from the stakeout microphone as Inner City Press asked if the US
would be represented at any level at Bashir's inauguration.
around outside the Council about Turkey's draft Presidential
Statement about the flotilla, Sudan's Ambassador tried to turn the
focus repeated to the ICC. Israel, he said, is "writing the
Press pointed out that Israel is
not a state party to the ICC. Nor is the U.S., despite sending a
representative to the Kampala conference on the crime of aggression.
Sudan's Ambassador and ICC's Ocampo, flotilla and US
in Khartoum not shown
question of the
day outside and inside the Council was who would investigate the
assault on the flotilla -- Israel itself, or the UN? Some began
talking of a "Goldstone Two."
responding to Inner City Press, brought it full circle. The UN's Ban
Ki-moon, he said, should condemn the flotilla attack and should
provide an update on earlier investigations, in the destruction of
UNRWA premises and schools. Mr. Ban, of course, sent his two top Sudan
envoys to Bashir's inauguration. So we'll see.
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