at Srebrenica Found Liable, UN Is “Studying the
July 5 -- After UN peacekeepers from The Netherlands allowed
mass murder at Srebrenica, immunity has repeatedly been invoked to
avoid responsibility. But now that a Dutch court has pierced that
veil, what does the UN have to say? So far, nothing.
At the end of May when Ratko Mladic
was arrested, the Security Council's press statement on the arrest was
delayed for ten hours, which sources attribute to an attempt to omit a
reference to Srebrenica from the statement (click here for
Inner City Press' story at the
July 5, Inner
City Press asked
UN spokesman Martin Nesirky:
Press: do you have any comment on this Dutch court decision on
Srebrenica, which has now found an appeals in the Netherlands has
found that Dutch UN peacekeepers at the time, you know, liable and
responsible for the death of people under their protection? Some
people are saying based on this decision they are going to reopen the
immunity of the UN in the case. What’s the UN’s view of that
Well, we’re obviously aware of the court’s ruling, and clearly
we want to study the entire ruling in detail. And that is something
that we are in the process of doing.
back from the UN Spokesperson's Office -- top UN lawyer Patricia
O'Brien refuses to answer questions from the press -- Inner City
Press later on Tuesday sought out UN staff present in the Balkans at
the road by Srebrenica was used by Serb forces to get to a bauxite
mine. Facing some sniper fire, it was clear that an attack from then
would come. Why did the UN then do, or not do, what it did? We are
waiting for the UN spokesman's answer.
Footnote: The Bosnian Mission to the UN tells Inner
City Press that its minister will be in Washington for a Srebrenica
anniversary ceremony on July 11 and in New York the next day, across
the street from the UN. We'll be there.
President Won't Explain 10 Hour Mladic Delay, Syria Not
27 -- The Security Council president Gerard
up at the stakeout at 7:40 pm on Friday night, more than nine hours
after it was announced he would read a Council Press Statement on the
arrest of Ratko Mladic.
“Three for the
price of one,” Araud told the Press, before reading out statements
on an attack on UN peacekeepers in Lebanon and the arrest of Mladic,
and a separate “elements to the press” on the arrest of Rwanda
genocide suspect Bernard Munyagishari in the Democratic Republic of
reading, Inner City Press asked him to explain the ten hour
delay on the Mladic statement.
there was resistance to
including a reference to Srebrenica in the statement -- one wag noted
that the UN itself might be embarrassed to have it in, given the
charges against peacekeepers in that case.
would not as President of the Council describe any negotiations.
Araud as President, with Pascoe, Syria action not shown
Press asked him about the draft
resolution on Syria,
whether he thought it possible it could be voted on during France's
presidency, which ends Tuesday.
Araud said, we
are not ready, we are not close. Later he went further: less
promising. And so it goes at the UN.
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updated -- The UN
has for a second time offered a free UN
flight in Sudan to Ahmed Haroun, under indictment by the
International Criminal Court for war crimes in Darfur, the UN
admitted Friday in response to questions from Inner City Press.
March 3 the UN
Security Council met about renewed fighting in the disputed Abyei
region. Back in January, Inner City Press got the UN to acknowledge
they had flown ICC indictee Haroun from South Kordofan, where he
serves fellow ICC indictee Omar al Bashir as governor, to Abyei.
UN has defended
this controversial flight by saying that Haroun and Haroun alone
could stop violence in Abyei. The UN never explained why the
government of Sudan, which has an air force currently bombing civilians
in Jebel Marra in Darfur, couldn't itself fly Haroun.
UN said it was
a scheduled flight, then UN Mission in Sudan chief Haile Menkerios
Inner City Press that it was a special flight. Inner City Press is
told such flights cost $40,000, and the UN has confirm no
reimbursement has been sought from the Bashir government.
violence has continued, making the UN flight of ICC indictee Haroun
harder to justify even by the UN's own argument.
March Li Baodong of China if the UN Peacekeeping official who briefed
the Council, Atul Khare, had mentioned if Haroun would again be flown
in a UN helicopter. Li Baodong did not directly answer.
the March 4 UN
noon briefing, Inner City Press asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's
spokesman Martin Nesirky to confirm or deny that that the UN would
once again fly ICC indictee Haroun to Abyei, even now that his work in
connection with the first flight has proved ineffective.
speaker to all UN correspondents that yes, Haroun attended today's
meeting in Abyei, and yes, “he was transported” by the UN.
war crimes by
the ICC. Meanwhile Ban Ki-moon brags about the Security Council's partial
referral of the situation in Libya to the ICC -- a referral that Ban
Ki-moon did not even call for until after the Council voted to make
of 3:48 pm -- Human Rights Watch, via Richard Dicker, submitted
is the second time in recent weeks the UN has transported Ahmed
Haroun who is charged by the ICC with war crimes in Darfur. We have
real concerns because the U.N. should not be in the business of
transporting Haroun. There needs to be an extremely high threshold of
urgency for such action by UNMIS.”
UK and the US,
with the latter two asked if they knew in advance of the UN's new
flight of ICC indictee Haroun. Given her
media, & after hours of non-response by the US Mission
to the UN,@AmbassadorRice
has been asked directly as well. Watch
spokesperson, I would only reiterate the message that my two
Ambassadors have both said on the record (and published by Inner City
Press) first time around: that we aren’t going to second guess how
UNMIS fulfills its mandate to provide good offices to the
Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) parties in efforts to resolve
differences through dialogue and negotiations. I’d only add that
this work is particularly important at this sensitive time, to
contain any potential escalation after the recent Abyei violence.”
again that violence has persisted despite the UN flying ICC indictee
Ahmed Haroun in the first time, and that it is the role of UN member
states to oversee the UN Secretariat, not to defer in this case to
what some see as its promotion of impunity - but at least the UK
would put its position on the record.
Subject: Haroun and Abyei
To: Matthew.Lee [at]
to be unaware of who is causing the violence in Abyei.
And yet "diplomatic sources" report seeing the burial of 33
bodies - all southerners.
used a similar ploy to invade Poland) - and today thousands
of civilians fled Abyei fearing another crisis like in June 2008. The
Dinka Ngok villages north of Abyei, such as Maker, have been
burnt to the ground. The end explains the means. There is a
creeping ethnic cleansing going on in the Abyei region despite the
agreements of 2005 and the Court of Arbitration ruling in 2010.
you correctly point
out, that of arming arab militias to burn villages. I hope to see
more of your questions pinning the UN to the responsibility to