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On Abyei, Khartoum Opposes "Siding with S. Sudan," Says No Visa Discrimination

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, November 13 -- Sudan's diplomats entered the UN Security Council Monday evening, the night before a resolution on Abyei had been scheduled for adoption. They delivered a letter about the peacekeeping mission in Abyei, UNISFA, which Inner City Press has obtained and is publishing on its beta Google+ page, here.

  Sudan has taken issue with the "zero draft" on UNISFA, opposing for example a reference to "prejudice to nationality." Sudan says it does not discriminate by nationality in issuing visas to UN personnel.

  Inner City Press went to Tuesday's UN noon briefing and asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky, does Sudan discriminate by nationality?

   Nesirky said he will check - and then added that a UNISFA peacekeeper "succumbed to his injuries" -- that is, was killed by -- a protect by the Dinka in Abyei. It seems to some that DPKO should have announced this, even before a question.

  Back during the General Debate in September, Inner City Press asked chief UN Peacekeeper Herve Ladsous "what is the UN's role in Abyei?"

  Ladsous refused to offer any answer, and has refused to answer any Press questions since, including on protection of civilians, and of peacekeepers.

  Sudan's other objection concerns a reference to the recommendations for the final status of Abyei offered by the AU Peace and Security Council and the High Level Implementation Panel led by Thabo Mbeki.

  Sudan says since the AUPSC has given six weeks for the parties to agree, the proposed reference sides with South Sudan.

  One senses the US behind this and the visa proposed language. Will they agree to remove it? Watch this site.

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