On Sudan Sanctions,
China Criticizes Chairman, Says He Can't Send
Report for Committee
By Matthew Russell Lee,
UNITED NATIONS, October 21, updated with Q&A --
China is contesting the right of the
Sanctions Committee to transmit to the full Security Council
its most recent report, which “presumes” the use of Chinese
bullets in Darfur, without having unanimous consent.
Despite "Western" media reports that China
lost this fight on October
20, on the morning of October 21 a Chinese diplomat told Inner City
Press that in the past, the reports have been transmitted on behalf
of the Committee, and not by its chairman in his personal capacity.
“He can't do that,” the Chinese
diplomat flatly said.
Asking for a response, the
Committee's chairman, Austria's
Ambassador to the UN Thomas Mayr-Harting told Inner City Press that the
Committee will proceed "according to the rules, as it always has." He
did not comment on the difference between transmittal "on behalf of the
Committee" or in his personal capacity.
The Chinese diplomat also
criticized the Committee's chairman, Austria's
Ambassador to the UN Thomas Mayr-Harting, for deferring too much to
the members of the Panel of Experts. China
believes that whatever the Experts' academic pedigree, the Experts work
supervision of the 15 countries on the Council and Committee.
“We will accept the Committee's findings if
they can prove
them,” the Chinese diplomat told Inner City Press. “But they
can't just presume, can't just say 'presumably from China.'”
The subtext is that of late, on issues such
as the South Suden
secession referendum slated for January 9, China as well as Russia
have not objected, even to such “over the top” events as US
Ambassador Susan Rice rallying with South Sudanese police trainees in
Rejaf outside Juba earlier this month.
Mayr-Harting, back to camera, w/ Deputies of US
& UK, China not shown
But, some say, if the Western countries
continue pushing on
this Sanctions report, the relative ease on South Sudan and other
issues may come to an end. Watch this site.
Footnote: some are pointing to a US violation of
North Korean tank parts were allowed in to Ethiopia while it was
intervening in Somalia. There were also UK arms sales to Sri Lanka in
the run up to what then UN humanitarian chief John Holmes called the
“bloodbath on the beach.” We favor transparency -- but also, no
double standards. To be continued.
Full "Q&A" --
reported that, according to a Security Council diplomat, the
latest report of the Panel of Experts on Sudan says a dozen brands of
bullet casings found at sites of attacks on U.N./African Union
peacekeepers in Darfur came from China, and that China has tried to
block its publication. Does the Chinese Mission have any comment?
Chief Press Officer Chinese Mission to the UN: “The latest
report of the Panel Of Experts on Sudan has serious drawbacks. A
number of references in the report are not based on facts and lack of
solid evidence. Some of the conc1usions of the report are vague and
unclear. Some are even based on the Panel’ s own conjecture and
presumption. This is not consistent with the requirements of the
Security Council that the Panel of Experts should carry out its work
in a responsible, objective, impartial and professiona1 manner. The
Panel of Experts uses a large amount of UN budget and resources every
year. It should improve its performance.
takes a prudent and responsible attitude towards its arms export and
has always fulfilled its obligations under Security Council
resolutions. Around 800 Chinese peacekeepers are currently deployed
in Sudan. China attaches great importance to their safety and
security. What was said by the so-called Security Council diplomat as
quoted by the Reuters is not inline with the fact, illogical and
lacks common sense. The diplomat was even afraid of disclosing the
name of his/her own country, which clearly demonstrates that the
diplomat has no confidence in what he/she said and he/she is not
credible. I don’t want to presume who has provided the Reuters with
the above mentioned information. Such Old-fashioned trick only
testifies to the stereotyped prejudice against the developing
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China Trashes Sudan Sanctions Report & Blind Quotes, Budget
Russell Lee, Exclusive
October 20 -- China in a rare public shoot-back at other UN
Security Council members issued a statement Wednesday night disputing
the accuracy of the report of the Council's Sudan sanctions
committee, and implicitly threatening to cut the committee's funding.
China's Mission to the UN Liu Yutang e-mailed Inner City Press --
exclusively, he said -- a
statement at 9:47 pm that
“the Panel of
Experts uses a large amount
of budget and resources every year, it should improve its
performance... the so-called Security Council diplomat [quoted] was
even afraid of disclosing the name of his/her own country, which
clearly demonstrates that the diplomat has no confidence in what
he/she said and he/she is not credib1e... Such old-fashioned trick
only testifies to the stereotyped prejudice against the developing
thing that is
true is that China rarely speaks out against other Council members,
even on background. On the Council's recent trip to Sudan, Inner City
Press asked China's Ambassador to the UN Li Baodong a number of
questions, and he never one said “off the record” or “on
Nairobi, Li told Inner City Press that his country would be perfectly
willing to meet and speak with Sudanese President Omar al Bashir,
the other Council members agreed.
Li Baodong & other P-5 -- "Council diplomat" not shown
police training base in Rejaf, as US Ambassador Susan Rice
essentially rallied for Juba's independence with a tentful of police
recruits, Ambassador Li said softly that “it is very sensitive”
-- but nevertheless never requested off the record
asked to be identified as a “Security Council” (or “Eastern”)
the other hand,
China has recently been further flexing it muscles, for example
against Norway for the Peace Prize decision of the Nobel Committee.
night's statement indicate a Nobel-ization of Security Council debate
or merely a shot across the bow? Watch this site.
Footnote: one also
remembers, for example, that the Somalia Sanctions Committee alleged
there were hundreds of Somalia's in Lebanon, and then leaked a pro-UN
These committees should be more transparent, which ever way the cookie
(or bullets or referenda) crumble...
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of Arming LRA as Susan Rice Smiles, Others
7 -- A military band greeted Susan Rice and 13
other Security Council Ambassadors on Thursday morning at this police
training camp on the banks of the Nile River.
internal affairs of the Government of South Sudan, Gier Chuang Aluong,
gave a speech, in
which he accused the government of Omar al Bashir of supplying
ammunition not only to cattle rustlers but also the Lord's Resistance
react to this accusation, rather smiling broadly as South Sudan
military figures praised her.
Council delegation took a tour of the facility, compete with mock
hijackings of VIPs in four by four vehicle, fought off by the just
trained police, Inner City Press asked another Council Ambassador if
he was comfortable with the tone of the visit to Rejaf, sometimes
called and spelled Rajaf.
“It's a very
sensitive situation,” he said, going on to wonder what the
government of Sudan in Khartoum would think of this show of readiness
independence and with what some call its Susan Rice “cult of
aspect. Others say it is merely Susan showing her passion.
was hopeful, with young South Sudanese singing and marching around in
robo-cop crowd control outfits complete with thigh and shin armor.
Inner City Press interviewed a number of the trainees, who said they
are only paid from time to time and have no toilets, having to “use
speech to the
Council members asked for $50 million to take the training facility
to the next stage. Afterward an Ambassador joked to Inner City Press,
“Did they expect us to take out our checkbooks?”
Susan Rice & SSudan minister, status neutral
$50 million not shown, (c) MRLee
was conspicuously absent: Russia's Vitaly Churkin. It
led one to wonder how such a Council Mission to Kosovo would have
looked, while UNMIK was running it, before the unilateral declaration
of independence. There, the UN's watchword was “status neutral.”
Was that only because Serbia had Russia taking its side in the
Council? Watch this site.
of the Susan Rice portion of the trip, a visit to Wau,
was canceled when the UN plane, run by Swift Air, broke down on the
Juba tarmac. The entire delegation moved to the Russian base of
UNMIS. Things started friendly, but then a Russian commander ordered
the Press to stop using the Internet.
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of Civilians in Somalia, Disfavors Shelling, Cites
President Yoweri Museveni took questions from the Press
after meeting with the Security Council on Wednesday. Inner City
Press asked about calls to investigate the killing of civilians in
Mogadishu by Ugandan and Burundian troops. President Museveni said
that those his forces killed “in June, July, August” must have
been combatants, since they were assaulting a fortified position.
killings of civilians in markets? President Museveni said he does
not favor the shelling of such areas. Inner City Press posed similar
questions last month to Jean Ping of the African Union Commission,
who responded angrily that Al Shabab insists on using human shields
and even fighting from mosques. He did not speak about disfavoring
UN Ruhakana Rugunda said that the Lord's Resistance
Army was discussed in the meeting with the Council. Inner City Press
asked if Uganda thinks the UN mission in the Congo MONUSCO is doing
enough against the LRA bases in the Congo.
the LRA is degraded, so degraded they had to go to “the
Central African Republic and Darfur.” He praises his
“revolutionary” forces, citing Mao about a people's army not
taking a needle from the people without paying for it. Three times
he praises Tanzania for sending 45,000 to throw out Idi Amin.
Report on the Congo, President Museveni said he hadn't read
it, but it must be fiction. There are fiction writers, he said, in
international organization. US Ambassador Susan Rice sat stonefaced.
What is the US view on what happened in Rwanda, and the Mapping
Report? Watch this site.
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Security Council and Obama and the UN.
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Reconciliation Congress, and the UN's $200,000 contribution from an
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