South Sudan Celebrates Its Touchdown at UN, Darfur & S. Kordofan
Deadly Blitz from Al Bashir
July 14 -- At the end of a long
day and a much longer
process, South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar told Inner City
that people in Darfur could take hope from his country's admission to
the UN on July 14. “It can be done,” he said. “Omar al Bashir
asked Machar about the plight of Nuba peole in Southern Kordofan.
“Bashir needs to abide by what was agreed in Addis,” Machar said.
“If he does that, everything can work out.”
the Security Council on July 13, US Ambassador Susan Rice said
Khartoum is “wavering” on the June 28 agreement with the
SPLM-North. Inner City Press asked her at the Council stakeout,
“they've actually kind of totally broken it. They've said that they
don't stand behind it. What's your understanding of where it stands?”
reiterated there, “the Government of Sudan did sign an agreement.
And it would be most unfortunate if they formally reneged on that
mission to the UN, preparing celebrations for the birthday of Nelson
Mandela upon whose inauguration a song “Black President” was
launched, took a lead in celebrating South Sudan's joining the UN on
July 14. They wondered why, for example, the people of Western
Sahara have had to wait so long, and those of Palestine.
Thursday was a
good news day at the UN. Another longtime South Sudan proponent,
Lumumba Stanislaus-Kaw Di-Aping, told Inner City Press that South
Sudan is looking to rent space in Uganda House, next door to the US
Deng Alor, out on First Avenue, invited Inner
City Press to visit Juba again, for what would be the third time. Then
he got into an entourage of black limousine, the last of which
had Virginia license plates.
July 14, 1st Av, Alor in back, Machar in front, Bashir not shown
ago in the
General Assembly lobby, Lumumba Stanislaus-Kaw Di-Aping told Inner
City Press that the strategy of the SPLM was never to go for the
touchdown, but in an NFL football analogy to move the ball ten yards
at a time, from first down to first down. This week they scored their
was day for
dancing, most notably by yet another longtime South Sudan proponent,
Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth. But while the song “Signed Sealed Delivered,
I'm Yours” had one meaning in Juba, it still rang empty Thursday in
Kadugli, and through South Kordofan. These struggles continue --
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Touts South Sudan, UN Can't Act in Kordofan, Darfur
13 -- As South
was recommended for UN membership
by the Security Council on Wednesday, there were differing views on
the border fighting in Southern Kordofan and ongoing conflict in
Darfur in Western Sudan.
asked US Permanent Representative Susan Rice about the future of Blue
Nile and Southern Kordofan states, which she had mentioned in her
remarks inside the Council, and about Darfur, which she had not.
in Southern Kordofan, “the UN forces are now by necessity having to
withdraw, their ability to act and implement their prior mandate no
with the UN's responses to Inner City Press for two days
its predominantly Egyptian peacekeepers in Southern Kordofan cannot
patrol or use force.
peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy,
when Inner City Press asked him later on Wednesday, added that if the
peacekeepers see someone being killed, they will react as
humanitarians. See video here.
Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, for his part, after saying
that North and South Sudan
are two houses with a single extended though perhaps divorced family
in them, told Inner City Press that the UNMIS mandate is over and the
peacekeepers must leave. Video here.
Khartoum would never block
humanitarian access, even as one of his ministers threatens to halt
the operations of NGOs in South Kordofan and Darfur.
in the Council speeches by the United Kingdom and Portugal,
for example, but not by the US. Asked about this omission, Ambassador
are very much still focused on the crisis in Darfur. It's the subject
of deep concern to the United States, to President Obama, and all in
our government. We have not let up in our focus and attention, even
as we have worked very hard to support the independence of South
Sudan and successful implementation of the CPA. We will have ample
time this month in the Council to give the attention that is
necessary, and that will remain sustained attention to Darfur, as we
renew the UNAMID mandate.”
the US urging the rebel movements in Darfur to sign a
peace “agreement” that most of the groups, from the Justice and
Equality Movement to the SLA faction of Abdel Wahid al Nur, have
rejected. We will have more on this.
Riek Machar in UNSC July 13, Susan Rice at right,
Darfur not shown
Ibrahim remains trapped in Tripoli despite requests that
the UN help to get him out, Abdel Wahid al Nur is in France, which
sent to speak in the Council its new minister for French citizens
overseas, the retired judo champion David Douillet, who spoke
apparently only to the French media and not at the stakeout.
Republic of South Sudan's vice president Riek Machar came out to
speak, and when Inner City Press asked him about this government's
relations with SPLM-North in Southern Kordofan, he replied mostly
about Abyei and the requirement for a referendum there. Video here.
steps is the arrival of Ethiopian peacekeepers -- without a human
rights monitoring mechanism -- who will begin arriving, according to
Le Roy, on July 20 via El Obeid.
history, to put it mildly, between Machar and John Garang,
called the father of South Sudan, Inner City Press asked Machar how
he thought Garang would view the developments.
Machar said, citing a Garang statement quoted in South Africa's
speech to the Council. And then he and his large delegation were
gone, waiting for UN General Assembly admission on July 14. We'll be
Mission's transcript of Ambassador Rice's stakeout:
On Sudan, you said in your statement that, "the
Government of Sudan has wavered in its commitment to this June 28th
agreement about South Kordofan." It seems like they've actually
kind of totally broken it. They've said that they don't stand behind
it. What's your understanding of where it stands? What can the UN
peacekeepers that are there do even pending an agreement? And also
Darfur, which I didn't see mentioned -- what does today's development
in South Sudan mean for the people in Darfur? Is there a loss of
focus? What are the implications for the conflict in Darfur?
of all, with respect to Southern Kordofan, the Government
of Sudan did sign an agreement. And it would be most unfortunate if
they formally reneged on that agreement. We've been concerned to see
that senior leaders in Khartoum have expressed reservations and
concerns about that agreement. It was an important step, and our
view is that it ought to be respected and followed by an immediate
agreement on a cessation of hostilities. I also mentioned in my
statement the United States' deep regret that the Government of Sudan
has compelled the withdrawal of UNMIS forces from the North, and this
will have significant implications for the protection of civilians
and humanitarian access in Southern Kordofan. As the UN forces are
now by necessity having to withdraw, their ability to act and
implement their prior mandate no longer pertains. And they are in the
mode of withdrawal so they are not going to-unless the government of
Sudan changes its mind-have the ability to do what we think is very
important for them to do.
Darfur, we are very much still focused on the crisis in
Darfur. It's the subject of deep concern to the United States, to
President Obama, and all in our government. We have not let up in our
focus and attention, even as we have worked very hard to support the
independence of South Sudan and successful implementation of the CPA.
We will have ample time this month in the Council to give the
attention that is necessary, and that will remain sustained attention
to Darfur, as we renew the UNAMID mandate. And certainly, our efforts
on behalf of the people of Darfur continue.
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