Susan Rice Defends Decoupling Darfur from Terror Sanctions,
Karti Not Invited
November 10 -- With killing in Darfur escalating and
displaced people arrested and harassed for providing
testimony, United States Ambassador to the UN Susan
Rice was asked
Wednesday by the Press why the US has told Sudan that if it allows
the referendum in South Sudan and “addresses” Abyei, the Obama
administration will move to take Sudan off the state sponsors of
“decoupling from Darfur” by an Obama administration official who
asked to not be named; human rights advocates have called it
“de-emphasizing” or even selling out Darfur.
Rice came to speak about blocking Iran from the board of UN Women at
the stakeout in front of the UN Security Council, which will host a
November 16 ministerial level meeting on Sudan, mostly on the South
Sudan referendum, Inner City Press twice asked that she take a Sudan
question. To her credit she did, offering an explanation --
unconvincing to some -- of the administration's thinking. Video
Ambassador Rice argued that since there are other US sanctions
regimes on Sudan, taking the country off the state sponsor of
terrorism list in exchange for allowing the South Sudan referendum
should not be read as de-emphasizing Darfur. Said otherwise, the US
is offering a “carrot” for something other than Darfur.
diplomats see in this a de-emphasize of scrutiny on Darfur.
Something that they went -- off of the terrorism sanctions list --
could be obtained regardless of escalation of killing and harassment
in Darfur. Some might even call this, intentionally or not, a green
November 16 meeting, a Sudanese diplomat complained to Inner City
Press on Wednesday that while “it is a ministerial meeting and the
Council is supposed to send formal invitations to the Minister of
Foreign Affairs” Ali Karti, no invitation has been sent.
strange, since other Council sources have already described to Inner
City Press statements in an open session of the Council by Thabo
Mbeki and diplomats from both Khartoum and South Sudan, following by
closed door briefings from the envoys on South Sudan and Darfur,
Haile Menkerios and Ibrahim Gambari respectively.
asked this month's Council president, Mark Lyall Grant of the UK,
about the Sudanese complaint that Ali Karti had yet to be invited.
Lyall Grant acknowledged this is the case, saying that the format has
yet to be decided. But why the talk already about the attendance of
South Sudan? Lyall Grant said that he understands they (South Sudan)
will already be in New York that day, November 16. But will Ali
the November 10
UN noon briefing, Inner City Press asked acting deputy spokesperson
Farhan Haq to confirm a report
by Radio Dabanga, the closure of whose
Khartoum office has been denounced, that UN Humanitarian Coordinator
Valerie Amos “apologized” to IDPs in Darfur for the UN's
to protect them, including after some spoke to the Council and Ms.
Rice on October 8.
to canned (and confusing)
issued by Amos' office, while indicating she may speak to the press
upon her return to New York. Video here.
Susan Rice in Rajaf, decoupling of Darfur not shown, (c) MRLee
is the US
Mission to the UN's transcript of Inner City Press' question and
Susan Rice's answer:
Press: I wanted to know about the decoupling Darfur from the
state sponsorship of terrorism, with a State department official
quoted, unnamed saying that the Obama administration would move to
take Sudan off the state sponsored terrorism list if the referenda go
forward, but that Darfur is being decoupled... I just wanted to
understand, how is one to read that in terms of the importance of
humanitarian and the escalating violence in Darfur?
Well first of all the United States, as you've heard me express
on many occasions, and so have my colleagues and counterparts in
Washington, is very much focused on the deteriorating security and
humanitarian situation in Darfur. We're very concerned about it. We're
focused on it. There are a number, frankly a large number, of
sanctions in U.S. law that relate not only to the situation between
the north and the south, but also to Darfur, and they will not be
alleviated [unless and] until the situation in Darfur is adequately
addressed consistent with U.S. law. What we have also said to the
Government of Sudan is that were it to take the steps that it's
committed to and allow the peaceful and on-time conduct of the
referendum in the South, and resolve all of the outstanding issues
that remain between the two sides, including Abyei and borders and
security and citizenship, to name just a few, as well as respect the
outcome of the referendum, then that could initiate a process of
improved relations with the United States. We've communicated to
them what that process might look like, and we think it's in the
interest of the Government of Sudan and the people, all of the people
of Sudan, to fulfill their commitment to implement the CPA and choose
a peaceful resolution to this longstanding conflict. Thank you very
another Permanent Five member of the Council's Permanent
Representative has said, on condition of anonymity, that it is
increasingly unlikely that even the South Sudan referendum will be
held on January 9, and that focus has turned to convincing the
leaders in South Sudan not to hold their own referendum. Watch this
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Referendum, EU Countries Behind on Funding Pledges, Speak of
5 -- With shooting and kidnappings continuing in
Darfur, the Sudanese government has reportedly taken to conditioning
medical care in Khartoum to those from South Sudan upon their voting
for unity and not separation in the referendum scheduled for January
asked UN spokesman Martin Nesirky about this and kidnappings in
Darfur on November 5 and was, again, promised future answers.
Meanwhile, Inner City Press got a read out of which countries have
actually followed through on their pledges to the Basket Fund for the
referendum, and which have not.
pledged $6.76 million but has so far given nothing.
has been no follow through yet on these pledges: European Union $4.23
million, Denmark $3.38 million, Australia $2.69 million.
remains $3.87 million short of its pledge.
has not paid
the mere $600,000 it pledged.
these countries, which say the referendum is so important, are
waiting from. Privately diplomats from several of these countries
tell the Press that the planned South Sudan referendum will nearly
certainly have to be postponed, and that their work consists of
trying to convince the South Sudanese not to then go ahead and hold
their own referendum.
express concern that once Khartoum
learns they are okay with a date later from January 9, the new date
will become a new target to go past and delay.
In S. Sudan, UK PR, France DPR, follow through on
funding not yet shown
is the table
of pledges and actual contributions to the Basket Fund for the south
Sudan Referendum, followed by the UN's transcript of its November 5
($ million) Received
Source: UNDP response to Inner City Press 11/10
its November 5 noon briefing:
there are also these reports of three pilots from a
Latvian helicopter company working for WFP [World Food Programme]
that have been taken hostage. Can you confirm that? And there seems
to be some unclarity about what country they are from or who took
them. What’s the UN going to do?
I can confirm that three crew members working for the
United Nations Humanitarian Air Service contracted to the World Food
Programme, as you mentioned, were abducted in Nyala town on Thursday.
They are all Latvian nationals and are helicopter crewmen. And we
don’t have any more information at this point.
Thanks. The SPLM [Sudan People’s Liberation Movement]
is saying that… they have come out with an allegation that
Southerners who live in the North are being told, in Government
medical facilities, are being told they’ll only get medical
treatment if they vote for unity. I wonder if it’s something…
it’s in the Sudan Tribune and I am assuming elsewhere. I am
wondering if that’s something… I guess that would be an UNMIS
[United Nations Mission in Sudan] issue, or perhaps… whether the UN
system is aware of that allegation, what they think of it, if it is
true and what they are doing to find out if it is true?
at the very least, if they are reading the Sudan Tribune like
you, they will have seen the same reports and I would assume that
they are doing so. We will need to check whether they have further
information that was not in this Sudan Tribune. But, I don’t have
that right now.
Okay. No, no, I mean I am pretty sure they would be
aware of this, I just wonder if this is the type of thing that they
feel a duty to investigate to see if it’s true or to make some
I say, let’s first establish what they know about it.
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